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At the air­port the other day I was pulled aside for an ex­plo­sives check, but the man do­ing the test­ing was much more in­ter­ested in the book un­der my arm.

"Oh, Bon Scott, sir!" he ef­fused, spot­ting the ti­tle. "Now there was a great singer! I like him much bet­ter than the new AC/DC singer, sir!"

The book, from which we ex­tract to­day's cover story, is by the singer's for­mer wife, Irene. It's an in­sight into life in Ade­laide in the 1970s, as well as the man who went on to front one of the great­est Aus­tralian rock bands.

Bon tasted the suc­cess he sought, but it helped to kill him. He died in 1980. Yet, as my air­port se­cu­rity man at­tests, he's never re­ally gone away.

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