Review: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll (book)
High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History is a quality case-bound book with contemporary flair. The book is printed on heavy matte-coated paper which plays host to some 314 color pictures and 92 black and white images. Although the saying goes that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, this book is an exception. The first thing you notice is the cover with a rotating Angus spinner ingeniously positioned within a circular cut-out recess.
The only downside of the book from a technical perspective is that dark areas suffer from fingerprints left by the natural oils present on your hands. Also the stitching is quite visible on larger full-spread dark pictures which is distracting but normal. The quality and non-reflective nature of the matte-coated paper stock is very easy on the eye, and remains perfectly readable even in brightly back-lit areas.
Inside the front cover there is a collection of quotes gathered from some of rock music’s most famous names. As fans of AC/DC we immediately concur with these reverent descriptions which confirm our own thoughts, especially when conferred by the likes of Jimmy Page, Steve Vai and many others. The book is punctuated with these block-quote snippets throughout which are designated a large chunky font-style making them easily identifiable.
Moving forward through the pages, you can’t help but zoom in on the pictures, some of which are rare and supplemented with interesting and relevant details. The writing is concise and accurate, although many of the facts aren’t new, it is nice to have a reference, chronologically organised, which not only serve as a guide – but also as a memory jogger for those of us old enough to have been around during the seventies.
Even if you were not an AC/DC fan, there are references and familiar faces and names dotted throughout the 225 pages. Finally, the book also makes for a colorful addition to any respectable coffee table, and my own copy has already been a conversation starter in my house!
The retail price is $35.00, however, I paid $23 through Amazon, but I have seen it available new at around $18 which is a steal!
Overall the book is a detailed, inspiring read and gorgeous pictorial reference and whether you are an AC/DC aficionado or not, the author, Phil Sutcliffe, does a good job of intertwining some hard-core AC/DC facts with some broader entertaining content which will undoubtedly pique the interest of a wide segment of readers. Highly recommended.