Bon Scott shows his fragile side in letter to sister

Bon Scott
Bon Scott

IN a 1978 letter written by Bon Scott, the AC/DC frontman details his struggle with booze, cash and a gruelling schedule.

The three-page letter to his younger sister Valerie, which will be auctioned this week, opens a window into Scott’s lifestyle as the Australian rock band was on the verge of major international success.

“I know I’m pretty slack when it comes to letters & phone calls but I’m always travelling or drunk or hungover or… or… today I’m shaking so much I can hardly write,” he said in the letter, written on Hilton stationery.

Bidding for the letter is expected to start at $US6000 ($A8343) at the Los Angeles auction on Thursday.

In the letter, Scott also reveals how he tried to stay sane amid a gruelling schedule and a pay cheque to pay cheque lifestyle that saw him strapped for cash and owing the band money.

“I’m already about $130 into this weeks (sic) wages but about two weeks ago I owed the band about $70 on pay day and that’s crazy,” he wrote while on AC/DC’s Powerage tour in America.

“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.”

The tour was taking a toll, making him feel “haggard” and the singer joked the next time he saw his sister he would be in “a geriatric ward”.

He looked forward to spending a month on the beach with his mum and asked Valerie to say “hello from The Bon”.

Born Ronald Belford in Scotland in 1946, he emigrated to Australia with his family as a child and grew up in the Perth suburb of Spearwood. The high-school dropout joined AC/DC in 1974 and helped the band become one of the most successful rock acts in the world.

Scott recorded a number of classics with AC/DC such as Jailbreak, It’s a Long Way to the Top and Highway to Hell.

He died in 1980 after a night of heavy drinking in London. He was 33.

AC/DC replaced Scott with singer Brian Johnson.