It’s been over a year since the original publication of Bon: The Last Highway and on 19 November 2018, I am officially releasing an updated 496-page edition of the book containing a new introduction with new revelations related to Bon’s last hours.
This paperback edition is being released simultaneously by Penguin Random House in Australia and Black & White Publishing in Great Britain. UK and international readers (including USA and Canada) can order through Book Depository or Amazon UK or Waterstones, as well as usual booksellers. Australian readers can try Amazon Australia or Booktopia and usual retailers.
So what’s new? Considering Bon died nearly 39 years ago and it took two years just to write Parts Four and Five of the book, the section dealing with his death, fresh information is not easy to come by. I investigated Bon's death with everything I had the first time around. Nothing was left in the tank. However, I think readers of the original edition and any newcomers to the book will be interested in information related to the following:
* The late Mick Cocks of Rose Tattoo. Was he with Bon that night? Was that why Malcolm Young allegedly tried to punch him afterwards?
* The London drug-dealing connections of Alistair Kinnear. Alistair was allegedly a dealer of high-grade heroin, which would explain why Bon was with him if he was looking to score heroin.
* A third eyewitness who believes Bon snorted heroin, in addition to the two at The Music Machine I found in the original edition. One of the original two eyewitnesses who asked for anonymity recently passed away.
* Four adults were allegedly inside Alistair’s apartment while Bon was in Alistair’s car outside: the two mentioned in the original edition plus two more individuals. If so, why didn't they carry him inside?
* A possible heroin link involving the late Yes bassist Chris Squire. And more.
The new information in this updated edition only reinforces what I proposed the first time around: Bon died of a heroin overdose. Whether it was concealed on purpose or missed through sheer incompetence – or both – is for readers to decide.
Had the witnesses who saw Bon at The Music Machine spoken to the police, the coroner or been called to give evidence at his death inquest and stated they believed Bon had snorted heroin, I believe the outcome (a finding of “acute alcohol poisoning” and “death by misadventure”) would have been very different. The investigating authorities might have done their jobs properly and looked a bit harder. We would have got to the truth. Instead we got a whitewash.
Bon deserved better all round.
Rock in peace, Bon. May the 40th anniversary of your death in 2020 finally be celebrated with some truth and honesty instead of more ignorance and wilful denial from those who'd prefer your story read like a Little Golden Book of Peter Pan.
Jesse Fink is the author of Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black and The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. For more information about Bon, click HERE or click the book covers below to be directed to editions in your preferred territory and language.