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January 9, 2007

Aussie Heavy Metal Pioneers Celebrated in Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC

NEW! 256-page hardcover book by Susan Masino from Omnibus Press

NEW YORK, NY – Thirty-three years on the road; 150 million albums sold worldwide; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees;and the recipient of too many awards and honors to mention: Australian band AC/DC was the first group to hear the clarion call of heavy metal in 1973 and have since influenced countless bands while remaining at the top of the heap themselves.

Now, there’s a new book jammed with first-hand interviews of the musicians and friends who know AC/DC best. In Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC (ISBN 0.8256.3469.5, $22.95), music journalist Susan Masino recounts the band’s illustrious career while tracing her friendship with them that goes all the way back to 1977 when they first met.

Masino traces AC/DC’s history with equal focus on the early Bon Scott years and the later Brian Johnson era. She talks with original lead singer Dave Evans, Tommy Redd of Nantucket, Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer, Cheap Trick manager Kirk Dyer, the late Perry Cooper of Atlantic Records, and many others who have spent time on the road and in the studio with the band. The text is augmented with 16 pages of black & white photographs and the author’s personal remembrances of the many interviews she’s conducted with the band over the last 30 years.

Susan Masino has been a rock journalist for twenty-nine years and is the author of Famous Wisconsin Musicians and Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy: My Life and Times With AC/DC, Van Halen and Kiss. She published her own music newspaper, Rock Central, for six years and has written for the WI Music News, a monthly music news column, since 1991. She created a radio show for 94.1 WJJO in Madison, WI, which she produced and hosted from 1997-2004. Susan also appears in the 2003 DVD, Van Halen: The Early Years.

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