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My Bon Scott

My Bon Scott

By Irene Thornton.

An intimate account of life with AC/DC’s Bon Scott, featuring 15 never-before published letters by Australia’s greatest front man.

It is the early 1970s in Adelaide. Amazingly, this remote city has become an epicentre for Australia’s emerging rock scene. One of its fans is local girl Irene Thornton. She is just 19, gorgeous looking, living at home, and working in an office. Then she meets the man who’ll change her life just as he will change the course of rock ‘n’ roll history.

Bon Scott is the singer for local band Fraternity. He is a larrikin showman with more front than Myer and a smile that rules the world. He is as wild as Irene is sensible. They meet and marry in 1972. For the next few years, Irene is at his side as Bon Scott continues his driven but often difficult journey that leads him to AC /DC and rock ‘n’ roll fame.

Irene gives us the scene without the airbrushing: the bitterly cold winters in London, the drinking and drugs, the group living and frayed tempers, and the broken dreams and inner demons. But she also shares details of her incredible bond with this extraordinary man, even after they separate, as well as the excitement as dreams are realised and Bon gets to what he does best: create and perform music that will eventually put him and AC/DC on the world stage.

My Bon Scott is a moving account of an artist at the height of his powers, as well at the low point that tragically culminates in his death by alcohol in 1980. It is a tale of great loss and a sense of what could have been, but also an uplifting reminder of the rare gift Bon Scott gave the world of rock, with his dazzling talent, unmatched energy and courage to be himself.

2014 celebrates the 40th anniversary of AC/DC, a band that has gone down in history as one of the highest-grossing bands of all time, with over 200 million albums sold over the past 40 years. This book offers access to personal letters that have never before seen in full and never before published photos, including wedding pictures. It also includes never before published in full 15 letters, cards and post cards written by Bon.


Irene Thornton was married to Bon Scott in 1972. They split two years later, and divorced in 1978. She now lives in Melbourne and lives with her son from a previous marriage.

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