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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Goes ‘Full Throttle’ With New Memoir

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Andrew Hone, Getty Images

In the afterglow of AC/DC’s successful world tour for ‘Black Ice,’ captured on the recently released DVD ‘Live at the River Plate,’ lead singer Brian Johnson is turning his attention back to his lesser known passion for racing cars, which has gone hand-in-hand with his love for rock and roll nearly all his life.

‘Rockers and Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir’ chronicles Johnson’s unique life story from behind the wheel of his favorite cars. The automotive infatuation began for Johnson at age six, when his father bought him a steering wheel and put a stick through it. As Johnson related in an interview with Motor Trend Magazine, “I put it through the headboard of my bed and put four cushions up. My dad would shake his head [and] I would drive all over the world. I’d just be sitting there, ‘brrrr!’ I could hear my father say, ‘we’re going to have to do something about him.'”

During the recording and touring process for ‘Black Ice,’ Johnson worked on the unique storyline that would become ‘Rockers and Rollers.’ From those humble childhood beginnings to a lifetime spent on the road traveling from one town to the next in an endless series of tour buses, Johnson has had an extraordinary life. ‘Rockers and Rollers’ shares many of his stories in addition to reflections from Johnson’s band mates and friends.

‘Rockers and Rollers’ will hit the shelves on May 24, and Johnson will make a series of rare public appearances to sign copies of the book at three separate signings in New York and New Jersey. You can get the dates here.

According to AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, the group plans to release a follow-up to ‘Black Ice’ within the next couple of years. Young also indicated that fans could look forward to AC/DC once again returning to the road in support of the planned album.

Watch AC/DC perform ‘Hells Bells’ from the new ‘Live at River Plate’ DVD

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