He’s been the lead singer for AC/DC since 1980, replacing the band’s original frontman Bon Scott, who died in February of that year. Johnson’s first album with AC/DC was “Back in Black,” which was released in July of that year and became the bestselling album by any band and the second bestselling album of all time. While Johnson continues to performs all lead vocals for the band, he stopped being the lyricist in 1988, citing the cause as, “I ran out of words.”
Prior to AC/DC, Johnson was in the bands Gobi Desert Canoe Club, Fresh, the cabaret band The Jasper Hart Band, and was one of the founding members of the glam rock band Geordie. It might surprise you to know, that Johnson is a huge fan of musical theatre. In fact, in 2003, he conceived a project with writers Ian La Frenais, Dick Clement and Brendan Healy, and choreographer, Robert de Warren for a musical adaptation of Helen of Troy. He’s also a car racing enthusiast and in 2006, Johnson appeared in a car racing reality TV show called The Race.
“Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir” is going to hit bookshelves May 24, 2011.
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May 24, 2011
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May 26, 2011
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From the Publisher
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.