Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen [NOOK Book]

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Queen's success in the 1970s was accompanied by a taste for musical and non-musical excess. Is This the Real Life? draws on eyewitness testimonies--former producers and managers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends--to create a complete picture of one of the world's most ambitiously driven rock bands at work and at play. Revealing Queen's complex dynamic, Blake also explores how Freddie Mercury's sexuality alienated some of the band's fan base, how they reinvented themselves by morphing from hard rock to pop, and how ...
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Queen's success in the 1970s was accompanied by a taste for musical and non-musical excess. Is This the Real Life? draws on eyewitness testimonies--former producers and managers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends--to create a complete picture of one of the world's most ambitiously driven rock bands at work and at play. Revealing Queen's complex dynamic, Blake also explores how Freddie Mercury's sexuality alienated some of the band's fan base, how they reinvented themselves by morphing from hard rock to pop, and how they saw out their final years as Mercury became one of the most successful rock stars in the world.

Is This the Real Life? looks beyond Queen's public persona to shed light on the legendary band's four wildly divergent personalities, particularly lead singer Freddie Mercury's.

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'Richly detailed biography...draws on extensive interviews' - Daily Telegraph

'Mark Blake matches the detail of his Pink Floyd book with a fluid, muscular narration of the band's rise. Crucially, he interviews the key players (which the other biographies don't.)' - Classic Rock magazine

'Presents the whole, splendid saga...sparkling anecdotes throughout.' - Mojo

'Genuinely adds to the fund of knowledge about this truly unique band.' - Record Collector

'Includes a highly interesting section on their origins...a well-researched account...A good choice for both Queen experts and more lightweight fans.' - Sunday Business Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306819735
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 896,426
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Mark Blake is the author of Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd and a longtime contributor to Mojo. He lives in London with his wife and son.
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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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