Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen
Hachette Books, 22.3.2011 - 432 sivua
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.
The song's sense ofmelodrama is undiminished, despite the piano being
adorned not with candelabra, but Pepsi-branded cups and plastic glasses oflager
. Undaunted and already in the moment, Freddie manages to sing as if he's
'This song . . . ah. . . is dedicated to you beautiful people here tonight,' he tells
them. ... By the song's last lap, Freddie has stopped strumming the guitar
altogether, slung it over his back and trotted to the front to tease the crowd, as if
he can't ...
'We Are the Champions' is the Queen song that has always worked the band's
fiercest detractors into a lather. In 1977, the song's shameless sentiment – bigger,
better, more, and damn the losers – was at odds with the prevailing musical ...
'It was a programme sponsored by a toothpaste company. We'd hear these songs
, and then Freddie would go to the piano and play them note-perfect, only after
hearing them once. His passion was for Little Richard, Fats Domino, Cliff Richard
He could play our favourite pop songs by ear. I was into surfmusic, especially The
Beach Boys. ... 'He'd hear a pop song on the radio in the morning before college,
then come in and play it on the piano,' adds ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? 19.
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LibraryThing ReviewKäyttäjän arvio - rmharris - LibraryThing
Blake cuts his way through a thicket of fan magazines and press clippings, and appears to have interviewed practically everyone associated with Queen’s early days that was willing to talk, to deliver ... Lue koko arvostelu
LibraryThing ReviewKäyttäjän arvio - twehking - LibraryThing
A great background on a great group. There were far too many typos however. Lue koko arvostelu
CHAPTER NINE Huge Plastic Falsies
CHAPTER TEN Sweet Dreams
CHAPTER ELEVEN A Ferrari in the Garage