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Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    A must-read if you love Queen

    Let's start by stating that Queen was my favorite music group while I was growing up and it is still my favorite as I grow wiser ...

    The beginning of the book, when we start meeting Farrokh (Fred) Bulsara, Brian May and Roger Taylor is fascinating. Who they were, where they came from, how they got initiated in music and what they all had in common: a devotion to Jimi Hendrix. Three failed bassist later John Deacon enters stage. The process in which they met and ended up together becomes a little bit tedious because the author mentions all the groups they all were in and all their members and all the internal politics in each one. Of course it is an essential part of the story but unless you are an expert on the English rock scene of the late 60s, you will be lost ...

    If you want to know how Freddie got his trademark half-mike stand in his hand, this book will even tell you that. If you wanted to know the play-by-play of the creation, recording and explosion of Bohemian Rhapsody, this is the book for you ...

    The author goes record by record on Queen's discography and very clearly shows how they slowly went through the process from a small band opening for big acts to the biggest band of their times. Their transition from a rock group topping the charts to a pop group capturing new audiences, annoying old fans, attracting a new generation and still managing to top the charts ...

    Each one of the members is very clearly described and despite the whole being more than the sum of the parts, it is undeniable that everything gravitated around Freddie Mercury ... This book is targeted to a very defined segment of readers: Queen fans. If you loved them, you'll enjoy it and you won't regret investing your time savoring each record, each song, each concert, and each anecdote, just us as much as I did ... You can read more at my blog at LectumErgoSum dot com.

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