"An excellent writer and storyteller." - The Daily Telegraph

"Fink can take a moment and turn it into a vivid experience." - The Australian

"Fink makes enemies like Bill Gates makes money, but his in-your-face style is exactly what makes his blogs so good." - Alpha

"One of Asia's best football writers." - The National (Abu Dhabi)



#1 bestselling biography in DENMARK
#1 bestselling music biography in UNITED STATES, DENMARK, ITALY, UNITED KINGDOM and GERMANY
#1 bestselling music biography in eight categories on Amazon.com (USA)
Published in 13 territories and released in over 20 countries
Translated into nine languages

Penguin Random House (Australia/New Zealand), St Martin’s Press (USA/Canada), Black & White Publishing (UK/Republic of Ireland), Planeta (Argentina/Chile/Uruguay), Hannibal Verlag (Germany/Austria/Switzerland), Dereta (Serbia), People’sPress (Denmark), Giunti Editore (Italy), Gutenberg (Brazil), HarperCollins India (India), Volvox Globator (Czech Republic). COMING SOON to Versus Aureus (Lithuania) and Camion Blanc (France)

“This is not just a straight biography of the brothers who formed AC/DC. The Youngs were born in Glasgow but grew up in Australia and the story of one of the most famous rock bands in history is well told through the stories behind 11 classic songs, making this a must-read for fans of the band.”
– Scots Heritage Magazine (Scotland)

“Jesse Fink is an Australian abroad and he writes like one—with wonderful Aussie terms and flavor—reaching back in time through all the haze and innuendo to try and come up with a definitive look at the origins and influences of AC/DC, and throughout makes the point in response to one contradictory quote after the other from interviewees who refute, report and build one myth upon another. At the vortex of all this are the mysterious Youngs, non-committal, intransigent and defiant. They have their methods which work and have worked like gangbusters for decades, and while none of it is remotely consistent and at times seem downright insidious, they aim for one key element, to protect the inner circle in which they reside.
“[A] remarkable achievement of the book, something quite ambitious, is Fink’s attempt to intellectually frame the unframeable; the adolescent, primal beauty of AC/DC’s music; its origins, its recording, its live presentations, all of it fluffed off by the critics and even the band as something innately incapable of deconstruction or analyzing. Yet, he does it. And you are better for the experience, and so are the music and the band.”
– The Aquarian Weekly (USA)

“O jornalista londrino Jesse Fink mergulhou fundo na história da banda para fazer a biografia Os Youngs – Os Irmãos Que Criaram o AC/DC, grupo australiano que conquistou fãs em todo o mundo e vendeu mais de 200 milhões de discos. Os irmãos em questão são George, Malcolm e Angus Young – e o livro, já publicado em 20 países, ganhou elogios da crítica, sendo considerado pelo site ALLMusicBooks.com como o melhor do gênero. Por não ser uma biografia autorizada, ele expõe detalhes controversos dos biografados.”
– Correio da Bahia (Brazil)

‘El libro tiene una mirada perspicaz, original y fascinante con un serio trabajo de investigación que se sustenta en la consulta bibliográfica y testimonios de críticos, músicos y productores y lacónicos intercambios de e-mails con miembros de la banda, como el caso de Stevie, sobrino de los Young originarios, que sirvió para aclarar errores de otros trabajos.
‘Toma como punto de partida once temas clásicos de la banda, de diferentes discos y etapas, pero previo a la exposición, el trabajo adquiere un tono intimista cuando Fink explica la importancia de algunas canciones para su vida que se mimetizan con su estado de ánimo, su visión del arte en general y el de la banda en particular. Ejemplifica con anécdotas y trabajos, como cuando cuenta que la música de AC/DC es la preferida de los tiburones australianos y que se usa para motivar a soldados al mencionar que los marines norteamericanos invadieron Irak en 2004 al ritmo de Hells Bells.
‘El libro busca acercarse a los mecanismos de los artistas en la composición y sostiene con argumentos propios y de entrevistados que el éxito radica en la perseverancia, el duelo de guitarras de Young y Malcolm y el histrionismo en cada show, sumado a la visión y mentalidad de George desde la producción, en un trío atípico de hermanos que convirtieron a AC/DC en una banda única.’
– La Prensa (Argentina)

“O livro de Fink é um avanço dentro dos textos que abordam música e carreira de artistas, mostrando que é possível encontrar abordagens diferentes mesmo em relação a astros exaustivamente dissecados.”
– UOL (Brazil)

“¿Qué es lo que hace de AC/DC una de las mejores bandas de rock de todos los tiempos? Hay razones para ello y Jesse Fink pudo encontrarlas. No fue una tarea fácil: los Young son un clan, funcionan en una sociedad hermética, lindante con una familia mafiosa donde el código de omertá es respetado hasta el final. ¿Por qué tanto misterio? ¿Qué es lo que ocultan? O sería mejor preguntarse por qué lo ocultan. ‘Los Young’ va descubriendo una a una las respuestas que permiten conocer de primera mano a una de las asociaciones más misteriosas de la historia del rock.”
– La Gaceta (Argentina)

“Puede parecer un detalle menor o una ironía pop, pero no. Lo cuenta Jesse Fink en Los Young (Planeta), la biografía que revisa la historia de los creadores de Back in Black y Hells Bells. El mérito del autor es haberse inmiscuido en la vida familiar del grupo. Hay privacidad y cercanía; la escritura es ligera y precisa. La historia merece siempre la pena: es tan bueno regresar a su secreta intimidad como dejarse llevar otra vez por la fuerza arrolladora de su banda sonora.”
– La Nacion (Argentina)

“A fascinating, insightful look at the brothers who changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll and the politics and business that goes hand in hand with the music we all know and love.”
– Jimmy Stafford, guitarist of Train

“I enjoyed The Youngs very much. I realised while reading it that I didn’t know as much about AC/DC as I thought I did. Fascinating stuff.”
– Charlie Starr, lead singer and guitarist of Blackberry Smoke​

“The best book I’ve ever read about AC/DC.”
– Mark Evans, bass player of AC/DC, 1975–’77

“Fink makes a bold statement in the preface to this entertaining book: ‘I would argue that no set of brothers, not even the Gibbs of the Bee Gees or the Wilsons of the Beach Boys, has had such a profound impact on music and popular culture around the world as the Youngs.’ He is referring to George, Angus, and Malcolm Young, members of the hard-rock band, AC/DC. Fink addresses the band’s many critics and the complaint that their songs all sound the same, countering that the Youngs, working within their narrow, self-imposed musical parameters, made music that sounded ‘new and fresh.’ The brothers were born in Glasgow and emigrated with their family to Sydney, Australia, in 1963, where Angus and Malcolm formed AC/DC 10 years later, with George serving as producer. Fink doesn’t pursue biographical detail; instead he provides an appreciation of the brothers’ music. Fans of the band will want to get their hands on this. Pronto.”
– Booklist (American Library Association)

“Fink’s ability to overcome the Youngs’ code of Scottish-Australian omertà is impressive… a cut above other AC/DC tomes, and Fink knows it.”
– Classic Rock, 9/10 review

“It’s extraordinarily well written and presents a fascinating view of the band and the people that helped make it happen… a great piece of research and magnificently presented.”
– Phil Carson, former vice-president of Atlantic Records who signed AC/DC to Atlantic worldwide in 1976

“An essential read for fans of the band. Most important, The Youngs gives a full portrait of just how significant a role George Young, Malcolm and Angus’s older brother, played in AC/DC’s development.”
– Jon Michaud, The New Yorker

“Although AC/DC has sold more than 200 million albums since the mid-1970s, relatively little has been written about the rockers at the center of the band. In his fascinating The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, Australian author Jesse Fink illustrates the life of Scottish-Australian brothers Malcolm, George and Angus Young via 11 classic songs. An original approach to be sure that yields a wealth of nuggets about what went into the creation of the classics. Many key figures involved in AC/DC’s rise open up over the course of the book, and Fink’s passionate connection with the band shines bright throughout.”
– Robert Kinsler, Music News Nashville

“A must read.”
– DNA India


“Bis vor kurzem war ich der Meinung, dass Mark Evans hautnahe Dirty Deeds-Biografie bezüglich der Historie meiner Lieblingsband AC/DC nicht zu toppen sei. Doch nun, wie aus heiterem Himmel, schlägt Jesse Finks Buch “Die Brüder Young” wie ein gewaltiger Meteorit in die Biografien-Szenerie bekannter Rockmusiker ein.”
– Rock Times (Germany)

“A rich commentary from more than 75 important figures, many of whom give their stories for the first time about the making of AC/DC and the Glasgow-born brothers, Angus, Malcolm and George Young, who built it. An exceptionally well-researched biography, The Youngs is a must read for any true AC/DC fan.”
– Jamie McKenzie, Press & Journal (UK)

“A largely untold, much more controversial story… anything but a hagiography. A fresh, incisive take on the band.”
– James McNair, MOJO (UK) ★ ★ ★ ★

“I loved it. Fink did an amazing job. I cherish my memories of working with the Youngs and I’m thrilled to have been a part of the team that believed and helped deliver AC/DC to their rightful place in rock hierarchy. Thanks for helping me relive some treasured memories from a long time ago.”
– Doug Thaler, ex-Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, Electric Elves; American booking agent of AC/DC; manager of Mötley Crüe

“Engrossing, refreshing… highly recommended for not just AC/DC fans, but any follower of rock music history.”
– Midwest Book Review (USA)

“What makes Fink’s book such a captivating read – so much so that the band’s former bassist Mark Evans claims this is the best book he’s ever read about AC/DC… even though he’s written one himself – is down to his steadfast refusal to toe the party line… Fink simply places pieces of the argument side by side, the contradictions of each interviewee in full view, and lets the reader decide which, if any, take on the past to believe.
“It makes for an intriguing read, laugh out loud funny at times, but, ultimately, it simply reinforces the general consensus that the Young brothers have created an almost impenetrable ring of steel around them… this is no love letter to the band in an attempt to become the official AC/DC biographer, no Mick Wall-like flowering of history in an attempt to convince people that the writer is more rock ‘n’ roll than the bands he is supposed to be observing (Fink’s debunking of Wall’s book will raise a wry smile on the face of any reader familiar with the self-obsessed meanderings of the former Kerrang! writer): in fact, the author is brutally honest in regards to some of AC/DC’s more recent output; some of the band’s, erm, lesser album cover art; the suspect lyrics of Brian Johnson.
“No, this is a book written about the difficult history of a celebrated band that isn’t scared to say that certain songs, and albums, are well below par; to debunk certain myths surrounding the band and its members. For that alone it may well be the best book out there about AC/DC. Maybe Mark Evans is right…
“Until a band member puts pen to paper in a proper tell-all exposé – they won’t – Jesse Fink’s work here is the number one go-to book on the subject, warts ‘n’ all.”
– Uber Rock (UK)

“From 1974 to 1980, AC/DC were sly, funny and feral. But when frontman and self-described author of ‘toilet poetry’ Bon Scott died, and was replaced by the diligent but charisma-impaired Brian Johnson, the band began the slow process of rigidification into the corporate merch-beast that it is today. It’s no surprise that their later music has been weaponised by the US military. Jesse Fink’s decision to focus on the Young brothers – former producer and rock-business guru George, bandleader and rhythm guitarist Malcolm, and showboating lead guitarist Angus – skilfully illuminates the dour, defensive blokeism that has ensured the band’s longevity but drastically limited their scope. He’s good on the music too, pointing out the seeds of AC/DC’s music in older Australian rock such as George’s former band The Easybeats, and provocatively arguing that their finest work is not the platinum Back in Black but 1978’s relatively subtle Powerage. With the sad news of Malcolm Young’s retirement due to chronic dementia, it’s fitting that this once-great outfit should be the subject of one of the few genuinely good books about a hard rock band.”
– Alex Johnston, The List ★ ★ ★ ★

Los Young

“Here’s the thing with biographies on rockstars – a lot of the time they seem to kiss ass, or regurgitate the same chronological events with a new prosaic flair. But, as Fink’s 50+ page introductory chapter explains, this isn’t like that… Fink looks into the Youngs overall without a lipstick print on an ass cheek in sight.
“The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC very much focuses on the Young brothers at the centre, but still pulls the thread at stories from the band’s past… the amount of interviews with key players is staggering and gives it a completely solid and balanced insight – where they had complimentary journalists and record company people from the time, there was also those who didn’t take to the Aussie rockers.
“Then there comes the sass. There’s a real understanding, and ultimately love, for what AC/DC have done these last few decades and this seems a more definitive telling – unafraid to call out misspelled names and incorrect reference and story-tellings in other biographies. You can almost feel a finger snap in Z formation after each correction, but it all adds to the quality of the book – there are no half measures when it comes to telling the story.
“Fink begins the book with him queuing to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream; he queues for a while and finally stands before the iconic masterpiece ready to be blown away, to have the art overpower him, but it doesn’t happen. He walks outside, pulls out his iPod and plays some AC/DC. That, he says, is what he expected from the painting, but it failed to move him anything like their music.
“Absolute must read for AC/DC fans. A new approach, new ground covered, and while it’s clearly written by a fan, it’s also written with a view to producing an insightful book that the trove of AC/DC works seemed to lack.”
– Heather McDaid, Indulge Sound (UK) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“This book is not so much a biography of the perennially popular Australian hard rock band, but an analytical and critical take on how AC/DC got to where it is. Specifically, it’s the story of the Young brothers: guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, and producer/mentor George, all of whom who played a crucial role in the development of AC/DC from the mid-’70s onward.  It’s clear from the text that Fink is a fan–especially when he makes strong arguments about the importance of old songs like ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll).’ Yet he is objective enough to take an unflinching look at certain aspects of AC/DC, especially the Youngs’ reluctance to talk to the press and how they’ve treated past collaborators. Amid a spate of tomes already written about the group, this one provides an alternate take on a familiar story.”
– David Chiu, Brooklyn Based (USA)

“By interviewing many key players who had never previously spoken on record and delivering it all with a non-linear approach, Fink’s book is far from a traditional rock bio, yet it succeeds by explaining who AC/DC really are and how they became one of the biggest bands in the world.”
– Mike Dow, The Maine Edge (USA)

“The Youngs is incredible in that it brings to the table many elements, not only ‘the good, positive elements’ about our heroes. It also speaks plainly about the alleged and real negatives of individuals and events. In this, for someone like me who adores truth although when potentially painful, it is almost like a thriller. A very intense book.” – Solo Dallas


“Great writing. A must-read. I love the AC/DC stories. I was at AC/DC’s Palladium show in New York, 1977. Gerard Huerta is a friend and great designer. I did not know the logo story. The writing about the logo was exceptional.”
– Spencer Drate, album-cover designer for Talking Heads, Joan Jett, Ramones, Bon Jovi and many others

“A powerfully written book, amazing insights, terrific stories. Long live Jesse Fink and god bless AC/DC.”
– Sidney Drashin, AC/DC’s promoter in Jacksonville, Florida, 1977

“A great narrative… it has one very simple, very powerful message for those who would like to dismiss AC/DC as childish hacks: ‘Stop being so bloody pretentious!’ Thank you, Jesse Fink, for talking some sense into me. ‘No matter how hard you try not to react to their music, it’s impossible. You cannot listen to an album like Back in Black and not move,’ Fink tells me. ‘That’s what I wanted to celebrate with this book — the idea that’s okay to rock.’ Damn straight, it’s about time somebody said it.”
– Clark Boyd, PRI’s The World (USA)

“A rare, raw look at a band who strove, in many ways very successfully, to keep its business dealings behind closed doors. That is until now.”
– BJ Lisko, The Canton Repository (USA)

“A fantastic new AC/DC book… Fink did a great job. Essential for an AC/DC fan to read.”
– Carter Alan, 100.7 WZLX, Massachusetts

“The latest, greatest ‘rock read’… an awesome book.”
– Buck McWilliams, Gater 98.7 FM, Florida

“An astounding – astounding – book.”
– Bill Meyer, KMED, Oregon

Bestseller Denmark
“An excellent read.”
– Ryan Gatenby, WBIG, Illinois

“I think Fink accomplished something pretty great here… for AC/DC fans this is a must read.”
– Rick Deyulio, TK99, New York

– Kim Mulligan, WDHA, New Jersey

“The best book on AC/DC ever written.”
– Dan Rivers, WKBN, Ohio

“I loved this book – it’s a brilliant book. I learned more from this book than anything else in my 35 years of radio.”
– Arroe Collins, WRFX, North Carolina

“I think Fink did a fantastic job with The Youngs. Outstanding.”
– Mark Mayfield, KSLX, Arizona

“Above all, journalist Fink’s look at the band addresses the question that he believes most mainstream rock critics have never been able to answer about AC/DC: ‘Why have they endured and resonated with hundreds of millions of people and inculcated such fierce loyalty and outright fanaticism?’ The answer is the unrelenting tenacity of the Young brothers: rhythm guitarist Malcolm, the group’s quiet leader; manic lead guitarist Angus; and producer George, the architect of their early sound. By tracing the lives of 11 songs from the band’s 40-plus-year career, Fink charts the history of the band’s success and examines the recording process behind each song. ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’ from 1975 is the vehicle for a discussion of the effort Atlantic Records expended breaking the group in America, while ‘Back in Black’ is a fascinating look at the band’s tempestuous relationship with producer Mutt Lange, who crafted their best work but ultimately alienated them with his tendency ‘to strive for technical perfection at the expense of feel’.”
– Publishers Weekly (USA)

“This thought-provoking book definitely breaks some new ground. Arrangement by chapters dedicated to specific songs is a satisfying way of telling the AC/DC story while providing music criticism. Scholarly fans will appreciate the bibliography. This one’s a must-read for fans.”
– Library Journal (USA)

“Excellent… a fresh take on AC/DC filtered through the Scottish clan’s lens. Jesse Fink has delivered a fascinating, highly readable, sometimes critical account of the Young brothers and AC/DC that all fans of the band should read. If you want blood… you got it.”
– AllMusicBooks.com (USA)

“The best book on AC/DC. Period. I enjoyed the hell out of it.”
– Greg Renoff, author of the forthcoming book Van Halen Rising (ECW Press)

“Family businesses tend to focus on continuity more than other kinds of business . . . Fink gives numerous examples in the book of the Youngs ‘shedding’ their advisors and collaborators, presumably to protect the family’s influence on the band.
“So how did AC/DC manage to grow rather than stagnate? The answer to that question may be that AC/DC has been on the forefront of innovation when it comes to leveraging their brand to grow their audience and generate multiple income streams. The appendix of Fink’s book includes an impressive list of various goods and services registered under the AC/DC trademark and logo.”
– Forbes (USA)

“The best book you’ll read about AC/DC.”
– Sarah Burke, FM96, Ontario (Canada)

“I loved it.” – Jerry Greenberg (president of Atlantic Records, 1974–’80)

“A great job.” – Tony Platt (engineer of Back In Black and Highway To Hell)


“I love the insight Jesse Fink has given us with his new book.”
– David Thoener (engineer of For Those About to Rock)

“I loved it. A great, gritty read.” – Rob Riley (guitarist of Rose Tattoo)

“The Youngs reveals the truth about who broke AC/DC in America.”
– Bill Bartlett (WPDQ/WAIV Jacksonville DJ, Florida)

“An incredible amount of background… really a scholarly approach within a genre that is traditionally hagiography.”
– Anthony O’Grady (former editor of RAM, Australia)

“A brilliant and fascinating book. From ‘inside the van’ to saving the world. There’s a saying: ‘You couldn’t write this.’ But Fink certainly did.”
– Terry Slesser (Paul Kossoff’s ex-bandmate who auditioned against Brian Johnson to replace Bon Scott in AC/DC)

“Writing a book on AC/DC is difficult. The achievements are immense. The second biggest selling rock album of all time: Back in Black (only beaten by Michael Jackson’s Thriller, according to most sales statistics). A live act which remains energetic and vital into their sixties. A signature sound that is easily copied, but never duplicated. A band that is not really a rock band, not really a punk band, not really a metal band, not really a blues band, but has elements of all of them. Although they grew up in Burwood, in Sydney’s outer inner west, they were born in Scotland: this sense of ‘no place’ has informed them. They don’t do ‘Oz Rock’, but they’re not a Scottish, English or American band. They are outsiders but highly successful. Extremely private, their concerts play to hundreds of thousands of people. Seemingly simple, they have had a dozen books written on them. This one just may be the best.
“[AC/DC] is a band which needs the three brothers, but which, to an extent, is bigger than all of them. It is a book that peers into the mist, and sees a little more of a story that its principals don’t want told. Given its brief, Fink is to be commended on an outstanding effort to help fill the gaps of knowledge.”
– DL Lewis, The Music Trust (Australia)

“I’ve read nearly every book written about AC/DC but Fink’s book is the first that takes a different route and approach to all the others, telling the AC/DC story from a different perspective, with the Young brothers and family as its centre point. Tracking down many of the key people and players in the Young story and history, it unveils new information and unturns many stones that previously remained unturned. The picture one forms of the Youngs and the band itself is more complete than previous books while at the same time leaving much food for thought for any fan. It’s a book that once read, can be read again, a page-turner in every sense of the word. You come out having a more balanced picture of the Youngs and a little more understanding of their workings and why AC/DC are truly Australia’s greatest band ever. Period. Highly recommended and my top pick of 2013.”
– Joe Matera (Australian guitarist and guitar journalist)

“I personally consider The Youngs to be the best book ever written on AC/DC. The research efforts and responses are excellent. The story is very well documented. Anyone who has been reasonably closely associated with the Young brothers will instantly understand the stories and the revelations. If you admire/respect/envy/despise AC/DC, read this.”
– Grahame ‘Yogi’ Harrison (Rose Tattoo sound engineer and legendary Australian roadie)

“Excellent book and a great read. As someone who worked as a roadie and trucked AC/DC in and out of Countdown and across Melbourne and Victoria when they first came to Melbourne from Sydney, [Fink’s] insight and storylines make fantastic reading.”
– Rodd Craig, former AC/DC roadie

“Recent books [about AC/DC]… didn’t offer much to change our perception of the band. Jesse Fink’s study of the Young brothers takes a different approach… giving us a different version of many stories, especially when it comes to the wheeling and dealing behind the rock. Fink is clearly in love with AC/DC, but he knows the old bird has some warts under her make-up, and doesn’t shy away from revelations that cast the Youngs in a less than flattering light.”
– Matt Coyte, Rolling Stone ★ ★ ★ ★

“A savvy new book… Fink, quite properly, can’t stand the kind of music critic who feels pleasing a crowd is a suspect achievement, somehow antithetical to the spirit of rock. In the end, [he] seems to be in two minds about AC/DC. That seems the right number of minds for an adult to be in about them, especially an adult who encountered their best albums during the sweet spot of his youth.
“In preparation for this review, I played my old copy of Back in Black. A week later, I still can’t get the closing track out of my head: ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’. Admittedly, I no longer find that slogan as profoundly persuasive as I did when I was 10. But the tune remains as insidious as ever. Like all great popular art, it slips past the higher faculties. It makes you forget, for three minutes or so, that there’s anything else you’d rather hear.”
– David Free, The Australian

“A superb book. When I initially grabbed The Youngs I referenced what was written about the adventures of my good mate Tony Currenti. Having been in the Alberts studio with George Young was a huge thrill for me, as I had always been an Easybeats tragic, but I can confirm that Tony was doing a lot of work with George away from our band.
“I literally could not put the book down until I had finished it. I was totally engrossed by the story on so many levels. It is the best music bio I have read, not only about the Australian music scene in late ’60s/early ’70s, but just generally about the complex and ruthless business of getting music product onto the world market.
“I found the book down to earth and even-handed, but to keep it brief my personal highlights were: Tony’s incredible story; the absolute humility and courage of Mark Evans (a reminder to us all to accept what life throws at us and to keep moving forward); Mark Opitz’s relentless search for the ‘gold’ Marshall; the Mutt Lange/Tony Platt era; the assistance AC/DC received along the way from an extraordinarily diverse group of people, simply because they loved the music; comments from Radio Birdman members; and, of course, the beautiful one-liners from the incredible Rob Riley.
“I have always believed that George is a musical genius and I, along with many people, question whether the boys in AC/DC would have been the worldwide phenomenon they are without him and his experience and the Alberts connection. This is not to denigrate them, but at the time there were thousands of other good bands that worked hard and invested heavily in themselves but could not catch a break. I also fall into the category of thinking that post Bon Scott the band was never quite as good.
“Fink has succeeded in raising issues that only the major players involved could answer, but with his investigative ability his conclusions stand up well. Fink has captured the intrigue, the blood, the sweat and the stunning ruthlessness required to become the huge enterprise that AC/DC has succeeded in becoming. Their music is part of the soundtrack of millions of people’s lives, including mine. As for the Young brothers, George is a legend; Malcolm and Angus remain enigmas. Fink has written a classic.”
– Phil Doherty, guitarist, Jackie Christian & Flight (1970s Albert Productions band)

“Using 11 classic tracks as his starting point, Jesse Fink delivers a fresh biographical take on AC/DC. The accomplished journalist balances a serious appreciation for the music with a driving desire to cut through the mystery and misinformation shrouding this seminal rock and roll band. Fink’s book should satisfy both diehard fans and those who love reading good biographies.”
– iTunes “Editors’ Notes”

“Being an all-round nice guy is no prerequisite to getting rich. Jaw-dropping reinforcement of this point is about to hit your local bookstore in the form of The Youngs by Jesse Fink… this version of the George, Malcolm and Angus saga includes testimony to the power of the music – Fink is a huge AC/DC fan and credits their songs with getting him through a divorce – but of most interest is the sheer business bloody-mindedness of the trio.
“Fink tracks down former bandmates, managers and associates who feel they were cut adrift by the Youngs once their financial usefulness had past. He also details a web of tax shelters and savvy merchandising deals that belie the brothers’ yob-rock image. One casualty along the Youngs’ road to the top was the guy who designed their iconic logo in 1977,  Gerard Huerta. A Rosetta Stone of rock, the logo has undoubtedly made many of the Youngs’ millions by itself, but Huerta has never received royalties.”
– Michael Bailey, BRW (Sydney)

“For dedicated fans, or those with a keen interest in the machinations of the music industry, this is a thoroughly researched, critical appreciation of what it takes to create a successful rock band that doubles as a family business. The superficial impression of AC/DC might revolve around the onstage skylarking of Angus Young in his famous school uniform costume, or the mania the band can engender in their legions of head-banging fans, but behind the scenes there’s a history of very serious enterprise… I salute [Fink] for his passion… [his] intriguing tribute to their accomplishments certainly lends gravity and substance to our understanding of their musical significance.”
– Lara Cain Gray, This Charming Mum (blog)

“Exploring the reasons why AC/DC shot to fame, why their music remains popular, what makes AC/DC unique, is at the heart of this book. Seeking the opinions of industry experts and insiders, Fink reveals some of the behind-the-scenes secrets and little known facts about the band’s development and management, exposing the crises, the arguments, the betrayals and the controversies. Fink also spends some time tracing AC/DC’s relationship with Atlantic Records and their entry into the US music scene.
“An accessible read, offering plenty of well researched details, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is a book for ardent fans and music aficionados, and the head-banging ‘bogan’ that still lurks beneath the present-day, middle-class veneer.”
– Shelleyrae Cusbert, Book’d Out (blog)

– Mornings with Steve Austin, 612 ABC Brisbane (Australia)

“A great read.”
– Leila McKinnon, Weekend Today, Channel Nine (Australia)

“The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC promises to be… essential AC/DC history.”
– Loudwire

“Three brothers, 40 years and some 200 million albums – this is the story of George, Malcolm and Angus Young, the boys behind AC/DC. While a lot’s been written about them over the years, this provides a definitive history of the trio, with accounts from rockers Guns N’ Roses, among others.”
– GQ Australia’s “Essential Summer Reading”

“Sometimes it seems as if all the shocking rock and roll stories have been told, but [in The Youngs] there was a revelation that has genuinely raised eyebrows and opened mouths… Mark Evans, bassist in AC/DC until 1977, confirmed that Bon Scott overdosed on heroin in 1975 and was almost sacked from the band, a moment which would have changed the course of rock history. With this taster, Jesse Fink’s book sounds like essential reading.”
– MetalTalk.net

“Jesse Fink has taken a fresh approach in his latest book, The Youngs, looking at the Young dynasty through a clutch of their best songs, complete with brutally honest critical analysis along the way… the deeper Fink goes down the rabbit hole to unearth the truth behind the Young Brothers… the more it becomes clear that many ‘truths’ exist and since the principals aren’t saying a word to anyone, what develops is a Rashomon-like tale… it’s an approach that pays dividends.”
– Shane Pinnegar, 100PerCentRock.com