THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Touching, personal, indomitable, but always laugh-out-loud funny, The Lives of Brian is the legendary story of one of the rock world’s best-loved performers – and the many lives he’s led
‘Both a rollicking tale of rock’s bygone glory days and a deeply human account of a working-class boy who never gave up . . . Everything you want, and didn’t know you wanted, from a rock-star memoir’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘It wasn’t me. I didn’t do it. And I’ll never do it again!’ says Brian Johnson of The Lives of Brian . . .
Growing up in Dunston, Newcastle after the Second World War, Brian Johnson lived a quiet childhood. Then he saw Little Richard on the BBC and it hit him instantly: he was going to be a singer.
For over a decade he tried to make his mark in the music world, appearing on TV and touring internationally – but real success slipped out of reach. And with a family to support and a mortgage to pay, Brian was forced to put his dreams on the back burner.
Out of the blue, he was invited to London for an audition for one of the world’s best up-and-coming acts. AC/DC were a band in crisis following the tragic death of their lead singer, Bon Scott, but with Brian on board they would record their masterpiece: Back in Black.
It became the biggest-selling rock album of all time.
Embraced by fans and playing packed-out arena tours, Brian had found his way. But in 2016, he was forced to quit the band after being diagnosed with hearing loss, only to make a triumphant return to the band he loved with the release of 2020’s smash hit album Power Up.
Brian has lived many lives within his lifetime, but somehow he’s kept his feet on the ground, never losing touch with his roots.
‘Nine lives, Cat’s Eyes. Abusing every one of them, and running wild . . .’
‘The Lives of Brian is the literary twin of a classic AC/DC album – wild material woven together seamlessly, and always leaving you wanting more’ Hot Press