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My Bon Scott

by Irene Thornton

In 1971 Adelaide girl Irene Thornton meets Bon Scott, the singer for local band Fraternity. He is a larrikin showman with a smile that rules the world. Between Bon and Irene, there is a unique spark; they marry in 1972. For the next few years, with Irene by his side, Bon Scott continues a driven but difficult journey towards AC/DC and rock ‘n’ roll fame.

Irene gives us the scene without the airbrushing: the bitter winters in London with Fraternity, the drinking and drugs, the group living and frayed tempers, and the broken dreams and inner demons. But she also shares details of her incredible bond with this extraordinary man, watching Bon create and perform the music that put him and AC/DC on the world stage.

This is a moving account of an artist at the height of his powers, and an intimate view of the lows that ended tragically in Bon’s early death. It is a tale of loss, but also a reminder of Bon Scott’s dazzling talent, unmatched energy and fearless determination to live his dreams – rare gifts he gave the world of rock.


01 October, 2014

About Irene Thornton

Irene Thornton met Bon Scott in 1971 and married him in 1972. Though they divorced in 1977, they remained friends until his death. Irene lives in Melbourne with her son.


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