AC/DC’s Brian Johnson reveals in memoir he ‘wouldn’t have minded’ dying at 180 mph
With just minutes left in a high-speed head-on collision with a truck, Brian Johnson recalls a frantic final moments spent trying to slow down the vehicle that was barreling fast ahead in a single lane.
But the singer-songwriter was spared what would have been a humiliating, excruciating experience after his car veered across his lane and slammed into a tractor-trailer as the speeding car sped through a stop sign at 160 mph.
Now, 45 years later, in an excerpt from his new memoir, My Stroke of Insight, Johnson confesses that he would have ‘never have minded’ dying at 180 mph in a head-on collision.
He also reveals how his life took a sudden and unexpected upswing when he went to see Tom Petty perform.
‘I’d never seen him in person before, but I fell in love with his music,’ he says in the excerpt.
And now Johnson has revealed why he turned to writing in the wake of his devastating accident.
When accident: Johnson tells his life story of a freak head-on collision with a semi-truck in 1976 which took his life (left) and led him to become a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He would’ve ‘never had mind’ – but now in the new memoir reveals how he was inspired by Tom Petty
‘It was a turning point in my life,’ he says of the incident that took his lives as he hit a semi-trailer head on.
‘I didn’t think I had a chance. I thought I was going to die.’
Johnson, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, was driving alone in the early hours of New Year’s Day 1976 along the US Interstate 4 (I-4) near the city