And on the cusp of success, he considered leaving for good so that he could get a handle on his drinking. Spiritually, emotionally he wasn’t well. Had Bon lived he’d be a millionaire hundreds of time over.”. “My new schoolmates threatened to kick the sh*t out of me when they heard my Scottish accent,” Scott said. “To this day, go to somewhere like Brazil or Argentina and see the hero worship for Bon Scott. Reports at the time said his name was Alistair or Alisdair Kinnear, and he told newspapers that he was physically incapable of moving Scott, so he covered him in a blanket and left him there. I wanted to see more about the real man rather than the cartoon Bon.”. Scott is best known for a handful of hard-rock anthems, including "Highway To Hell," the title track off the 1979 album that would be his last. Bon Scott of AC/DC backstage at Day on the Green in the US in the late 70s.
What you saw was what you got, he was a real person and as honest as the day is long. Which was remarkable.
Fink’s book does confirm that musician Alistair Kinnear died a few years ago — he was the last person to see Scott alive and partied with him on the final night of his life. He scraped barnacles off boats, delivered mail, bartended, and unloaded fresh manure at a fertilizer factory.
The 33-year-old singer was dead. In the mid-'70s, AC/DC was a hard-rocking band out of Australia, perhaps the hardest rocking band the world had ever seen. Police and hospital records from the night are no longer available while Scott’s death certificate had his home address incorrectly listed. Whatever the cause of death, AC/DC had to pick up the pieces and move on. When they returned to the car the next morning, Scott was dead. Since then, questions about what exactly happened that night have persisted, challenging the legacy of one of rock’s most beloved bands. Bon Scott was born Ronald Belford Scott in Kirriemuir, Scotland on July 9, 1946. Ronald Belford Scott was born in Scotland in 1946, but his family moved to Australia when he was just six years old. But it was not to be. Or he would, if his career had been allowed to run its course, but Scott died just five years into AC/DC's existence. Bon Scott belts out a number in Hollywood, California in 1977. Drunk and combative, Scott sped away on a motorcycle. They left Scott there in the car, parked in front of 67 Overhill Road in the East Dulwich neighborhood of London, to sleep it off. It’s never going to go away. Bon Scott of AC/DC died aged 33, under mysterious circumstances. Heroin was a recurring theme in his death.”. Bon Scott was always one to buck convention. “He was a prodigious drinker. Scott loved to party -- more than the rest of AC/DC. With Bon Scott as their frontman, AC/DC released several hit albums in the late 1970s. Having a 'Ball' on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy!
Scott was known to use drugs like heroin and the people he was with that final night were known heroin dealers.
AC/DC had no interest in power ballads or gothic mood pieces.
He would never get the chance.
Fink’s book is now being shopped around Hollywood by power players William Morris Endeavour. They left Scott there in the car, parked in front of 67 Overhill Road in the East Dulwich neighborhood of London, to sleep it off. The Story Of Bon Scott, The Raucous Original Frontman Of AC/DC. The band has said that they decided not to use anything Scott had written, because they didn't want to profit off him after his death.
Scott wasn’t the first to die this way. Alistair Kinnear, Scott’s friend, later found him unresponsive. And it stuck. Heroin was a recurring theme in his death,” Fink wrote. AC/DC's biggest-selling album, and one of the biggest rock albums of all time, Back In Black, was made after Bon Scott's death, with a new vocalist -- if Scott had lived to sing on that album (or something like it), and the ones that followed, who knows where he'd rank?
“Obviously if Bon ended up in hospital after two (over) doses of heroin he couldn’t tolerate it. Bon Scott (left) and Angus Young in London, 1976. Dick Barnatt/RedfernsBon Scott (left) and Angus Young in London, 1976.
But Bon Scott always had a powerful voice and in 1966, he started his first band, the Spektors. He'd drink with anyone who'd go along for the ride. album, which was released seven months after Scott’s death and was dedicated to him. Supplied: Penguin Random HouseSource:Supplied, Musician Alistair Kinnear was the last person to see Bon Scott alive. But the stress of constant touring and performing began to wear on Scott. And AC/DC continued to enjoy success, especially upon the release of their album Back in Black which debuted just five months after Scott’s death. Bon Scott (far right) was the lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC from 1974 until his tragic death in 1980.. Scott and his friend Alistair Kinnear left the London club The Music Machine (since renamed Koko) at 3 AM on February 20, 1980 in Kinnear’s Renault 5 car. Fink said Scott during the final three years of his life — when AC/DC were breaking into the US market — the singer was in a bad way. After throwing a bottle of Jack Daniels on the floor, he took off on his motorcycle. Jimi Hendrix had died from choking on his own vomit ten years earlier. He quit school when he was only 15 and took a series of odd odd jobs. However, this is one side of the story. Once he recovered, he resumed his alcohol-fueled lifestyle and started looking for a new band to join.
Scott also died virtually broke, despite AC/DC’s success — even before Back in Black would send them into the big league. Under Scott’s tenure, the group released “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” “TNT,” “It’s A Long Way to the Top,” “Highway to Hell,” “Let There Be Rock,” and “Whole Lotta Rosie.” The band was a major act in Australia and was making inroads in Europe and U.S. markets. Then, read up on rock’s ultimate wild man GG Allin. The Bonny Scot, see?”. After his night out, Bon who was 33 at the time of his death, went to sleep in his friend’s car. Scott, who had been rejected from the army because he was “socially maladjusted,” brought that attitude into AC/DC. As with his previous book The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, Fink has had no input from the notoriously private AC/DC camp. He most likely choked to death on his own vomit, just as Jimi Hendrix had before him and as John Bonham of Led Zeppelin would do a few months later.
Prone to alcoholism, Scott drank heavily throughout this period. It turned out to be the kind of album that listeners recognize as an instant classic, and continues selling for years and years. In this book there’s two people who were there the night he died who believe he snorted heroin. It was more or less his own damn fault -- unless, of course, you believe the conspiracy theories, of which there are a few. When they questioned whether Scott was too old to rock, he countered by asking them if they were old enough to rock. Wander onto any rock and roll message board, and you'll find a discussion thread on this topic -- and good luck getting a consensus answer. Pic: SuppliedSource:Supplied.
On the night of his death — listed as ‘death by misadventure’ with ‘acute alcohol poisoning’ — Scott was in the company of known heroin addicts. Bon: The Last Highway (Penguin Random House/Ebury) out now. Scott’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics were always a part of the band’s chemistry, but he now found himself butting heads with Malcolm and Angus over how much credit he was given for his work. To date it has sold over 26 million copies worldwide, and is the third biggest-selling album ever (behind Michael Jackson's Thriller and The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits). He dropped out of school at 15 and was eventually arrested for stealing gasoline. Vintage Starlets Like You've Never Seen Before, Entertaining Historical Images From The Groovy Era, Singer Bon Scott from Australian rock band AC/DC posed in a studio in London in August 1979. Scott went home with the acquaintances, but passed out in the passenger seat of the Renault they were driving. Fink will also take part in library events in Queensland and New South Wales over the next week - details here, Australian author Jesse Fink has now written two AC/DC related books. He had no education and no marketable skills. It might have been asphyxiation, or it might have been alcohol poisoning -- it was most certainly "death by misadventure," in the coroner's words. “I had one week to learn to speak like them if I wanted to remain intact… It made me all the more determined to speak my own way. As luck would have it, a new band formed by two fellow emigrant Scotsmen, Malcolm and Angus Young, was also looking for a singer. As usual, this meant nights of wild partying. This is unlikely. Several miles away, he crashed the motorcycle and was seriously injured.
Back In Black was a huge seller, going to #1 in five countries and reaching #4 in the U.S. An ex-girlfriend of his claims to have seen his journals and notebooks with lyrics to the infamous You Shook Me All Night Long prior to his death. Malcolm and Angus Young and the other members of AC/DC were shocked by the death of Bon Scott and were forced to make a decision: Do they replace Scott with a new lead vocalist or disband the group?
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