“Rockers And Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir”, a new 224-page hardcover book by AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, will be made available for the first time in the U.S. on May 24 via It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Brian will make in-store appearances signing copies of his new book at the following locations:
Tuesday, May 24
555 Fifth AVE
New York, NY 10017
Wednesday, May 25
313 New York AVE
Huntington, NY 11743
Thursday, May 26
211 E. Ridgewood AVE
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
From “Pink Cadillac” to “Low Rider” to “Little Red Corvette”, rock music has always had a racy love affair with cars. And AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson is not only a rock legend, second-to-none at infusing razor-sharp lyrics with the screaming metal energy of a true rock and roller, but also a dyed-in-the-wool car fanatic. Books like “AC/DC: Maximum Rock And Roll” and “Why AC/DC Matters” revealed the secrets of the the world’s greatest rock band — now, in “Rockers And Rollers”, fans will get a rare, riveting window into Brian Johnson‘s other driving passion, his love for automobiles. From teenage memories in the backs of beat-up coups to a side career as a racecar driver, Johnson shares his tantalizing life story — a memoir told through his lifelong love affair with cars.
By night, Brian Johnson sings in the biggest rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet. But by day, AC/DC‘s frontman drives balls to the wall. Cars and rock ‘n’ roll — they were made for each other.
When he was a young boy growing up in a working-class English town, Brian developed what would become a lifelong passion for cars, trolling junkyards and even pretending to drive the family car. From there, he steamed up the windows of his old Mini Cooper as a teenager, spent untold time in hygienically challenged tour buses with helpful signs such as No Shitting Allowed. Shagging Expected, was chauffeured in leather-trimmed limos, and raced cars to a checkered flag.
Featuring guest stars Cliff Williams, Malcolm and Angus Young, and many, many others, even Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Rockers And Rollers” is a tribute to Brian‘s obsession with four wheels. By turns surprising, poignant, funny, and maybe a little bit bawdy, these are the stories of a man who drives as hard as he rocks.
Johnson told Motor Trend magazine that before he traversed the globe many times as a rock star he drove all over the world in his mind as a kid in his bedroom. Since driving represented freedom, he longed to drive, so learning was easy. “I just took to it like a dog to water.”
At age six, Johnson‘s father bought him a steering wheel and put a stick through it. “I put it through the headboard of my bed and put four cushions up. My dad would shake his head. I would drive all over the world. I’d just be sitting there, brrrr!” he made an engine sound. “I could hear my father say to my mother ‘We’re going to have to do something about him.'”
Back then, rock star was not yet a career option, so Johnson would daydream of one day becoming a bus driver. “I wanted to be a bus driver more than anything,” he explained. “When I was in school, I used to look out the window and see the big red double-deck buses driving by. It just looked so free. Then you’d hear, ‘Johnson, pay attention when you’re in school!’ ‘Oh, sorry, sorry, mate!'”