Bon Scott Blog: Contents Page

This is a full listing of postings on the Bon Scott Blog.

Or perhaps you want just the brief highlights?.

(NB: the entries below which have the images next to them are what I have arbitrarily declared to be “HIGHLIGHTS” – if you think another entry deserves “HIGHLIGHT” status let me know: email lucas[at]bonscottblog[dot]com and I will make it so…)

PHASE ONE (SYDNEY): LUCAS IS NOT YET A FAN

Beginning the Bon Scott Project: my first post, in which I admit to knowing next-to-nothing about Bon Scott…

Integrity Versus Popularity: thoughts on Bon’s pre-AC/DC music career, based on reading some of Clinton Walker’s biography Highway to Hell: the Life and Death of Bon Scott.

Hero-Ick, Icon-Ick
: an email from my friend Anne, comparing the deaths of Bon Scott and Heath Ledger…

bon and meBon and Me:
in which my friends make fun of me because I don’t seem like “the kind of guy who would be into AC/DC”…

A few Bon Scott rumours: I get tip-offs about an AC/DC-playing didgeridoo player in Sydney’s western suburbs, and a guy who once nearly got a tattoo with Bon…

sampdoria
Being a “Fan”ť:
how do you become a fan of something??
clinton walkerMeeting Clinton Walker:
just ten minutes walk from my house lives Clinton Walker, author of definitive Bon Scott biography. I go to meet him…

Driving with Bon: I drive around listening to AC/DC on the car stereo with my girlfriend. We discuss some songs from the album TNT…

Bon or Bust: I callout for a Travelling Companion to accompany me across the nullabor to Western Australia, to see the Bronze Statue of Bon Scott being unveiled…

Driving Without Bon: I pick up my friend Diego and we drive around the streets of Redfern listening to Back in Black. He tells me about discovering AC/DC in Italy in the 1980s and not understanding a word of it. There’s also a podcast…

demolition damoDemolition Damo:
I meet Damo, my first real big-time fan! We go for a drive and he plays the Powerage Album for me…

Reyes Del Sonido Metalico: my friend Hana sends me scans of an obscure Mexican Heavy Metal Zine…

Franck’s Brush with Bon: a lovely email from Franck, a French Bon Scott fan, describing his brush with fame, meeting the band at a concert…

LAST CALL FOR BON SCOTT DRIVER: I am getting desperate to drive across the Nullabor, as no likely candidates have become available yet…

Dirt Cheap: I buy Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and listen to it on the bus to Canberra for a political rally. I ponder whether AC/DC ever mixed politics into their rock…

BUST!: I declare BUST, having failed to secure a travelling companion for the pilgrimage to Fremantle. This post is written from Sydney airport. Sigh…

PHASE TWO (FREMANTLE): BECOMING A FAN / THE BRONZE STATUE

at the cemeteryA vigil at Bon’s Grave:
Hot off the plane from Sydney, I rush to Fremantle Cemetery. It’s the anniversary of Bon’s death, and I camp out to see who will come along…
bon scott statueWorld Exclusive! The Bon Scott Statue in Progress!:
Jasmin and I sneak over to Greg James’ studio in Fremantle to check out the Bronze Statue of Bon Scott he’s been making. There are only a few days left til it gets unveiled at the tribute concert, but the statue is still in pieces…

Heavy Metal Striptease…: a sneak preview of the Bronze statue in the West Australian newspaper…

Lost Saints: The Lost Saints, a local rock band, do a re-enactment of It’s A Long Way to the Top (If you Wanna Rock and Roll) on the back of a flatbed truck parading through the streets of Fremantle. Afterwards, I have a brush with fame, meeting Mary Renshaw (Bon’s mate from the 1960s) and Mark Evans (former bass player for AC/DC) in the pub…

hamilton hill clanThe Hamilton Hill Clan: It’s the day of the big tribute concert. I accompany photographer Bec Dagnell into the suburbs to meet a three-generation clan of AC/DC fans. Afterwards, we all catch the bus together to the stadium…

The Unveiling: Part One of my report from the big concert. I meet my old friend Mish at the Claremont Showgrounds and we witness the Screaming Jets…

I HEART BOYS IN BANDS: (Part Two of The Unveiling) We meet fans Megan and her husband Kim…

I touched his Hand: (Part Three of the Unveiling) Attracted by my custom made singlet, Vicki and Janine beckon me over. They are fans who saw Bon play in Perth in the 1970s…

fife tattooThree Boys Fae Fife:
At the Big Concert, we meet Andy, Kev and Ian from Scotland. Not only have they come all the way to WA to see the bronze statue being unveiled, but they’ve had their wrists tattooed especially, with today’s date!

Alcohol and Burnouts: (Part Five of the Unveiling) We chat with Jackie and her 13 year old daughter Amy at the concert…

Forty Nine Concerts (Part Six of the Unveiling) I meet Volker, a German living in Tasmania, who has been to 49 AC/DC concerts…

Fuck the World (Part Seven of the Unveiling) A scary-lookin’ guy called Red and his tattoo!

Angus Angus Angus… (Part Eight of the Unveiling) Anguses everywhere!!

Rhonda and Vernice (Part Nine of the Unveiling) Speculation by these ladies as to why AC/DC didn’t make it to the concert themselves…

nightfallNightfall:
The concert approaches its climax. Swept up in the atmosphere, I realise my transformation has begun. I am a fan!
statue at lastThe Statue at Last:
A lone piper strikes up, and finally the bronze statue is revealed in all its glory…

The Aftermath: We wade through a sea of UDL cans and I stagger on to the VIP afterparty, where I get to meet not just one but two ex-members of AC/DC (both called “Evans”…)

fine detailsThe Fine Details:
after a few days in bed, Simmo takes me down to Greg’s studio to see the statue again. We ponder where the bronze Bon will end up…

The Guys Rent a Warehouse: My first AC/DC dream…

21 Characters, 4 Lines: an introduction to the LED sign project which will receive text messages from Bon Scott fans. And a reflection on the idea of Heritage Value in Fremantle…

Going out Laughing…: I bid farewell to Fremantle for the time being, and head back to Sydney in search of east coast Bogans…

Bon Radio Shenanigans…: The JJJ radio morning show interviews me about the Bon Scott Blog. You can listen to a podcast of it…

authentic stevoAuthentic Value:
I visit Stevo, a fanatical collector of all things Bon Scott, deep in the suburbs of Perth. What makes a collector tick?

LED Sign is GO!: In collaboration with the Freo Chamber of Commerce, we get the LED sign tested. It works!

Would you travel across the Nullabor with this man?: Sneak preview rumour – perhaps I will make the trip from the eastern states to Perth with Bon Scott’s lovechild!

PHASE THREE: MEETING BON’S OLD FRIENDS

cherry rockLet There Be Cherry Rock:
In Melbourne, Katie and I visit James Young, branding guru, and rock band manager, who bought a bunch of Bon Scott’s letters at auction a few years back…
mary renshawDoodles on Envelopes:
Katie and I meet Mary Renshaw, who shows us some amazing letters Bon sent to her in the 1970s.
darcy mugBest Roadie Ever:
Katie and I drive out to the Yarra Valley to meet Gabby and Darcy, some of Bon’s oldest friends. We have lunch together and they show us some of Bon’s photos and letters…

PHASE FOUR: MISCELLANEOUS DISCOVERIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

More Radio Shenanigans: Another interview on the radio, with Phillippe Perez, on Sydney’s 2SER.

Bon’s Web Walk: At the Bon Scott Fan Club e-group, they’ve been playing AC/DC Song Survivor.

“A door is either open or shut.”: reflections on the quality and discipline of AC/DC’s music by Sydney drummer Dave Aston.

Hits and Memories: At the Rozelle Fleamarkets, I find some old LP’s from AC/DC’s contemporaries in hard rock…

We are Family: I get sucked into a hoax about another possible Bon Scott Love Child…

The Mighty Blues: I go along to see Mark Evans, former bass player of AC/DC, play blues at the Sandringham hotel in Sydney.

Butt-head Science: Beavis and Butthead, random graphs, and bogus scientific studies…

Mr Know-it-All: announcing that I am to be the judge of the WA Air Guitar Championships! (Even though I know nothing about Air Guitar)…

Swanee pays his dues…: announcing John Swan, Aussie rocker and old friend of Bon, to play a tribute concert in Sydney…

Air Guitar Tips: I do some homework on the upcoming Air Guitar Championships, which I am to judge…

Long Way to the Top Polka Band: Video footage of the Western Australian Dolomiten Polka band playing It’s a Long Way to the Top on the back of a flatbed truck…

Bon Bon Media Frenzy!: News of the Bon Scott blog leaks out to the rest of the world, I get messages from international fans!

lightning rodThe Lightning Rod Strikes Northbridge:
My report on The WA Air Guitar Championships. All the glamour, all the drama, all the tantrums!

FANS GO NUTS AS WORLD TOUR ANNOUNCED!: AC/DC release official news of their upcoming world tour!

PHASE FIVE: THE BON SCOTT PROJECT EXHIBITION (FORTHCOMING)

[tune in for more gripping episodes…]

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