Bon Scott’s Love of Comic Books and Sewing Recalled in Former AC/DC Bassist’s Book
The story of the early days of AC/DC is getting told from an insider's perspective for the first time with the release of 'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC,' a memoir penned by bassist Mark Evans, who joined the band during its incarnation as an Aussie pub-rock act and stuck around long enough to see platinum success with albums like 'High Voltage' and 'Dirty Deeds.'
The book, called an "honest and comical look at AC/DC's rise to the upper echelons of hard rock," offers first-hand insight into the life of the late and great Bon Scott from a man who toured with the singer for years. It also features accounts of interactions with rock greats like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Black Sabbath and Metallica.
Among the interesting nuggets of information revealed: "Before joining AC/DC [Scott] endured a long stay in an Adelaide hospital after a near-fatal motorcycle crash," Evans writes. "Bon was always willing to show me the bloodstains on the inside of his black leather bike jacket, courtesy of that smash. It was a favorite jacket of his and showed up in quite a few photos over the early years. It was a funky black leather number; Bon had sewn fake leopard-skin patches on the shoulders. He was handy with a sewing needle, that boy."
Also, Evans reveals some fascinating information about Scott's love of -- of all things -- comics. "That's one memory of Bon that comes to me quite regularly: his head buried in a comic book, reading with intent if it was Conan or having a good giggle if he was reading BC."
Apparently, Bon was also an avid letter writer: "He was always knocking out postcards or letters to family and friends, keeping them up with news from the front-or should I say, his front. My other strongest memories of Bon are his laugh and his cheeky grin. You know the grin, where you can't help but think he was either up to mischief or had just gotten away with something. That was a hell of a grin."
'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC' will be published in November in North America. For more information on the book, click here.