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Published on April 12th, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Dey Street Books to Publish Memoir From World Renowned AC/DC Frontman Brian Johnson

Dey Street Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins, announced today that they will publish THE LIVES OF BRIAN, a memoir by AC/DC’s legendary frontman Brian Johnson. SVP and Executive Editor Mauro DiPreta negotiated the deal with Tarquin Gotch. The book will be released October 26, 2021 and will also be published in UK & Commonwealth by Penguin Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House.

Johnson’s memoir will cover his years growing up in a small town to starting his own band to ultimately replacing Bon Scott, the lead singer of AC/DC in 1980, and recording and touring for their first album together, the iconic Back in Black.

Back in Black, went on to become the biggest-selling rock album of all time. After a quarter century of platinum albums and record-breaking tours, he was forced to quit the band in 2016 after being diagnosed with hearing loss. However, he made a triumphant return in 2020 with the release of Power Up, which went to No.1 in twenty-one countries.  A successful competitive vintage racing car driver, Johnson has more recently enjoyed acclaim as the charismatic presenter of television shows Cars That Rock with Brian Johnson and Brian Johnson: A Life of the Road.

“I’ve had some long nights and some great nights, some bad days and a lot of good days, and during that time I’ve gone from choirboy to rock ‘n’ roll singer, and now I’ve gone and written a bloody book about it,” says Johnson.

“Brian’s memoir captures an unforgettable moment in rock history. Anyone who wants to understand Brian’s roots as well as the moment of ignition when he joined AC/DC and helped create a monster album will be in for an unforgettable ride,” says DiPreta.

About HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at

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