AC/DC’s BON SCOTT Wrote To His Sister In 1980 About His Money Struggles

Billboard Magazine has disclosed a lost letter AC/DC‘s former vocalist Bon Scott to his sister Valerie where he tells her about his money struggles while on tour in  America in 1980. Take a look:

“I’ve just come over from the west coast where I spent a couple of days in L.A. doing Midnight Special. I went to see Doug’s new band the other night playing a place called La Cantino El Paso which is down Long Beach & boy he had me in stitches.

He’s playing really well & singing like a bird. Don’t know if he told you but I rang him a few weeks ago to see if he would fill in for Phillip for a while as Phil had a bit of a nervous breakdown & had to spend a lot of time with a shrink. It was really bad but luckily he got over it quickly enough not to upset the band. We had to treat him with kid gloves for a bit but he’s ok now.”

He continued:

“I’m always travelling or drunk or hungover or…or…today I’m shaking so much I can hardly write. When I got too much in the red with the money situation. I’m already about $130 into this weeks wages but about two weeks ago I owed the band about $70 on pay day & that’s crazy.

But being crazy is about the only way to keep my sanity if you know what I mean. We’ve worked so much since I saw you last that it’s all one hell of a blur. Must have been across the country & up & down it a million times & I’m beggining [sic] to feel & look just a little haggard.

I’d love to check myself in to a sanitarium for a month but after this tour it’s straight to Europe & England for a month & then back here for the winter-end of the year so the next time you see me it might be in a geriatric ward. My hair looks like a busby but I’m just going to let it go on growing & be a hippy again for a while.”

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