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

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306820717
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,019,686
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 You Beautiful People 1

Chapter 2 Are You Experienced? 8

Chapter 3 A Happy Accident 55

Chapter 4 A Strange Vibrato 94

Chapter 5 These Silly Bastards 138

Chapter 6 A Vulture's Crotch 167

Chapter 7 'Boom-Boom Cha!' 202

Chapter 8 Four Cocks Fighting 230

Chapter 9 Huge Plastic Falsies 274

Chapter 10 Sweet Dreams 306

Chapter 11 A Ferrari in the Garage 355

Acknowledgements 394

Select Bibliography 395

Index 396

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