6.9 Insights Into AC/DC’s Bon Scott That Only a Bandmate Could Know

Original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans reveals raw truths about the loud legend.

Bon Scott would have turned 69 this July 9th. Alas, the legendary AC/DC frontman departed this life at just 33 back in 1980. The band, of course, soldiered on as Bon would have wanted them to, but he remains such a presence in AC/DC (and the rest of rock) that even the group’s best-known effort, Back in Black, is a tribute to their fallen leader.

As AC/DC’s bass player between 1975 and 1979, Mark Evans knew Bon Scott as few others ever possibly could. He details the amazing, hilarious, frightening, inspiring, and louder-than-life experience in a memoir than more than matches each of those descriptors itself: Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC (Bazillion Points).

In honor of Bon Scott’s 69th (a numerical occasion he seemed to spend his whole life actively anticipating), here are ten quotes from Mark Evans’ extraordinary book that offer unique insight into rock’s most mythical madman. Read these passages and, wherever you are today, raise a glass and your horns to Bon Scott!

1. In His First Band, The Valentines, Bad Boy Bon Covered His Tattoos With Makeup

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