AC/DC: New Bon Scott Book Blasted

A number of assertions made in a new book about the late AC/DC singer Bon Scott are drawing heavy fire from those who knew him.

The book, Bon: The Last Highway, comes out Friday.

In it, author Jesse Fink claims that Scott died of a heroin overdose and not alcohol poisoning as the police report at the time concluded. He downplays the police investigation because it was concluded in 72 hours. Instead, he cites interviews he did with people who saw Scott around the time of his death, who claim he was looking stoned on what they "believed to be heroin." Fink also believes that Scott was on the outs with the Young brothers and about to leave the band at the time of his death in 1980.

Friends of Scott have blasted both these claims, according to the Australian website Noise 11, which calls the heroin claim "unsubstantiated." As for the claim Scott was about to leave the band, friends who saw him around the time of his death say it simply isn't true.

Noise 11 does agree with one controversial claim Fink makes -- that Scott wrote some lyrics used on Back in Black, the first AC/DC album following his death, but didn't receive any credit on the album.

This is Fink's second book on AC/DC. He previous one was titled The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC.

We live in an age of conspiracy theories, but why would the police have conspired to change the cause of death back then?

Sounds as if the author is trying to stir up some controversy, without really proving anything.

Either way, sounds like an interesting read.


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