AC/DC 7/1/21

Coming in September and available now for pre-order, is renowned rock photographer Robert Ellis‘ latest book — AC/DC In The Black: Inside The Tour. Ellis, who has taken some of the most iconic photos in music history, has captured such legends as QueenPaul McCartneyIron Maiden, Van Halen, Genesis, the Scorpions, Prince, and the Who, both on and off then stage across the decades.

AC/DC’s Back In Black was released on July 25th, 1980, and has gone on to become their biggest selling album to date.

It was the band’s first set with frontman Brian Johnson, who had replaced Bon Scott, who had died on February 19th, 1980 at age 33, after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking.

According to the new book’s press release:

In March 1980, AC/DC regrouped to consider their future. This book is my photographic up-close and personal view of the momentous Back In Black tour of 1980-1981. It covers the search for a new singer, the work on the album, the preparations and live/backstage views of the band rehearsing and then out in front of adoring audiences on this world tour.

You will not have seen most of these photographs before. This book is 30-by-25 cm and contains exclusive photographs over 196 pages printed on high quality art paper and hand bound to the highest standards.

This is a collectors quality item.

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson admitted that he didn’t have a clue how successful Back In Black would turn out to be: [“I’d just melted me brain in there, and I didn’t know if it was good or bad. That was the first time I’d been in the Bahamas, anyway, or near America, y’know, and you (have to) remember, I was just fascinated by the whole culture and all, and I had no idea what the hell I was doing! And (laughs) lucky, really — I was a bit lucky, I think.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . lucky I think)

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Coming in September and available now for pre-order, is renowned rock photographer Robert Ellis‘ latest book — AC/DC In The Black: Inside The Tour.

FAST FACTS

  • AC/DC‘s Back In Black included the singles “You Shook Me All Night Long,” which peaked at Number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Back In Black,” which topped out at Number 37.
  • Despite its massive success, Back In Black never got higher than Number Four on the album charts. The band’s next album, 1981’s For Those About To Rock, marked the band’s first chart-topper.
  • To date, Back In Black, which has sold 25 million copies to date, is at Number Five on the list of the biggest selling albums in the U.S.