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DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC, by Mark Evans

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From barrooms to the big time, the first insider account of the classic Bon Scott years of AC/DC.

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One day in 1975, 19-year-old Aussie rocker Mark Evans walked into a local bar to check out a band. His life would never be the same…

ISBN 978-1-935950-04-2
Deluxe 288pp illustrated softcover inc. 16pp color insert
Dimensions: 6.5″ x 9″ x .75″ (165mm x 230mm x 19mm); 2 lbs. (.9 kg)
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“A treasure trove of insider info and intra-band intrigue. Worth every penny.”—Decibel

“One of my favorite reads this year”—

“Compelling and highly entertaining… an eye-opening look into one of rock’s biggest, and most secretive, outfits.”—MusicRadar

Within days of joining AC/DC, Mark Evans played his first show as the band’s bass player. A week later he was on national TV, alongside devious schoolboy Angus Young and the wild singer Bon Scott—dressed as a pigtailed, cigarette-smoking schoolgirl and waving a mallet. In the next few years Mark toured internationally, and appeared on the groundbreaking and platinum-selling AC/DC releases High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and the ‘74 Jailbreak EP.

Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC brings the gripping, laugh-out-loud tale of a band that lived fast and played harder than anyone else. The first bio by a band insider during the early years, the book details the struggles and personalities behind the rise of hard rock’s most successful group; with guest spots by rock n’ roll icons like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, and members of Metallica. In his honest and revealing memoir, mark evans contends with life’s many turns: A rough-as-nails upbringing, lucky breaks, soaring highs, and terrible personal loss and tragedy. It was a long way to the top…and he was just getting started.

“The aggressive attitude that AC/DC had towards Australian bands continued when we shifted overseas. The world’s bigger bands became our new targets. Who the fuck did these pricks think they were? We saw a few of the so-called headline acts and straight away knew that we had nothing to fear.”

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Weight 2 lbs

Guitar World Top 15 Books of 2011
Honorable Mention, NPR Staff Picks the Best Music Books of 2011,
Ten Can’t Miss Rock Biographies

“An honest and comical look at AC/DC’s rise to the upper echelons of hard rock through the eyes of the former bassist”—Lick Library News

“A treasure trove of insider info and intra-band intrigue. Worth every penny.”—Decibel

“One of my favorite reads this year”—

“Frank, personal, and heartfelt”—The Melbourne Herald Sun

“Compelling and highly entertaining… an eye-opening look into one of rock’s biggest, and most secretive, outfits.”—MusicRadar

“The first tell-all book ever to be released about AC/DC, and I have to admit that from the first page on, I couldn’t put it down.”—The Aquarian Weekly

“Evans managed to render his book much like AC/DC’s iconic hard rock: lean, raw, unflinching, and heavy on the riffs.”—The Onion A/V Club

“The meaty chapters spill plenty of details about the then-newbie rockers’ early days.”—

“As someone who was around Bon Scott, Angus and Malcolm Young, and Phil Rudd constantly, he provides an interesting and unique look into their personalities… very interesting.”—

“A very detailed and captivating tome… Mark Evans has compiled a must-read for fans of the Australian rockers.”—

“Much meatier on the band’s history than Brian Johnson’s recent band/car memoir, Rockers and Rollers“—Houston Press

“Fascinating”—Loud Mag

“A tale of fun and adventure as a marauding rock soldier doing it rough in a bygone era”—The Rock Pit

“A glimpse of the gritty early days before Angus and Co. rightfully took over the world.”—Montreal Mirror

“A fast-moving, hair-blowing joyride, full of fantastic stories, colorful characters, and wince-inducing laughs… richly rewarding.”—The Nervous Breakdown

“If you are an AC/DC fan, you must read Dirty Deeds…the book is excellent.”—Denver Examiner [5/5 stars]

“Long-overdue and essential reading…a great and informative read”— [4.5/5 stars]

“A rare ‘been there, done that’ perspective of touring with the group. Rewarding… with a sincere heart.”—Library Journal

“Highly recommended”—ACDCMachine


  1. :

    […] This one has gotten some good reviews from important people. […]

  2. :

    I’ve just found out about this book 1/2 hour ago…gotta get meself it!

  3. :

    Just finished this book. Loved it. I like it when an insider can tell a true story about how things really went down and can put a microscope to the inner workings of a band. Mark does both without abandon. He is genuine in how he tells his AC/DC story without any regrets. All bands have two camps. We know this from history of music. Mark tells us how he survived the Young brothers, by finding a friend in drummer Phil Rudd, without berating anyone along the way. Even better, is how Mark gives more to the inside of singer Bon Scott, the vocalist of AC/DC, who suffered from his own demons. It’s a great and heartbreaking story. A definite read for any AC/DC fan.

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    Happy Birthday Angus! When you are all here in US I want to take you to dinner and everything else…

  5. :

    This book is really good. A great read. Wish it came with a box set of the band. Can the lawyers allow a special edtion?

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    Was hooked on Mark’s compelling memoir by the first chapter. He should write more books. Wish that I could shake his hand just to thank him for the exhilarating ride.

  7. :

    It was great read indeed! But that’s what I expected…

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    This will shift 10 times more than Johnson’s book…

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    Great. Really looking forward to this one. It’ll be interesting and nice to see someone elses point of view on the early story of Ac/Dc, and Mark’s story in itself.

  10. :

    Hell yeah!! Really looking forward to this one.

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