The late AC/DC singer Bon Scott detailed the strains of his life on the road in a 1978 letter to his sister and that letter is up for auction. The not was written by hand two years before his death at the young age of 33.
In the letter to his sister Valerie he expressed concerns about drummer Phil Rudd , living in debt to the band and drinking too much, and wanting to check himself into a sanitarium.
“Phil had a bit of a nervous breakdown and had to spend a lot of time with a shrink,” Scott wrote. “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 also apologized for not keeping in touch because he's "always traveling or drunk or hungover or ... or ... today I'm shaking so much I can hardly write,but I have been meaning to write you for weeks, so today I'm doing it. I had to stop making phone calls when I got too much in the red with the money situation. I'm already about $130 into this week's wages, but about two weeks ago I owed the band about $70 on pay day, and that's crazy. But being crazy is about the only way to keep my sanity, if you know what I mean.”
He said AC/DC’s touring schedule was “one hell of a blur” and admitted he was beginning to “feel and look just a little haggard."“I'd love to check myself into a sanitarium for a month, but after this tour it's straight to Europe & England for a month and then back here for the winter [and] end of the year," he added. "So the next time you see me, it might be in a geriatric ward.”
The current bid is $6,5000. You can see the three page letter here .