For those about to write, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson salutes you

Johnson says he has 10 cars now, but only three of his trademark caps.

Brian Johnson actually wrote the book, “Rockers and Rollers.”

Not only does this mean that the AC/DC singer didn’t have a ghostwriter, as many musicians who put out memoirs do, but Johnson put actual pen to paper.

“I just had a legal pad and a pen,” he says, his cheery speaking voice sounding more like a storyteller who draws you in with a whisper at a pub than the high-pitched scream that has belted out some of the hardest hits to ever rock arenas.

Johnson says he began the book when AC/DC were working on their most recent album.

“As a vocalist, when you go into the studio, you usually hang around for a couple of weeks until they get the sound right on the guitars and the drums,” he says. “There’s a lot of time doing nothing, so I just started putting these things down.”

Johnson’s book is not the typical rock ’n’ roll story of a small-town kid made good. He tells his tale via the cars in his life.

“My memory is so bad that the only time I remembered things was when I thought of motor cars,” he says.

Back in the ring

The writing of “Rockers and Rollers” is not unlike an AC/DC song. It’s humorous, it’s fun and it’s to the point.

“If there was a category you could put it in, it’d be toilet book,” laughs Johnson, “because you can pick it up anytime you like and read a chapter, and when you finish your business, go away and pick it up another time.”


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