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Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman

State Library Acquires AC/DC Rock Legend Bon Scott Letter

Victor P Taffa

  • State Library has successfully bid for a 1978 handwritten letter by Bon Scott
  • Acquisition adds to library’s dynamite collection of existing AC/DC materials
  • Library continues to expand its heritage collection of items significant to Western Australian history and culture

State Library of Western Australia has successfully bid for a handwritten letter by then Fremantle resident Bon Scott, lead vocalist and lyricist in hard rock band AC/DC.

“This unique document is a one-of-a-kind treasure and a rare insight into the life of one of Western Australia’s most celebrated music legends.” Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman said.

Letter was written in August 1978, two years before Scott’s death from acute alcohol poisoning, to his childhood friend Valerie Lary whilst AC/DC were on tour in Pittsburgh, USA.

In the 3-page correspondence, Scott writes about the challenges of recording a live album, the gruelling tour schedule, the band’s alcohol consumption and his own money troubles. Scott also expresses his eagerness to enjoy some beachside relaxation in Fremantle after the tour.

Letter is on display in the State Library until April 2019.

Significant acquisition adds to the music recordings, photographs, books, posters, and newspaper and journal articles of Bon Scott and AC/DC in the library’s heritage collection.


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