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

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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.

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CHAPTER ONE You Beautiful People
1
CHAPTER TWO Are You Experienced?
8
CHAPTER THREE A Happy Accident
55
CHAPTER FOUR A Strange Vibrato
94
CHAPTER FIVE These Silly Bastards
138
CHAPTER SIX A Vultures Crotch
167
CHAPTER SEVEN BoomBoom Cha
202
CHAPTER EIGHT Four Cocks Fighting
230
CHAPTER NINE Huge Plastic Falsies
274
CHAPTER TEN Sweet Dreams
306
CHAPTER ELEVEN A Ferrari in the Garage
355
Acknowledgements
394
Select Bibliography
395
Index
396
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Mark Blake is a former assistant editor of Q magazine, a long-time contributor to its sister titles MOJO and Planet Rock, and has written for Rolling Stone, the Times (London), Classic Rock, and the Daily Telegraph. He is the editor of two definitive music books, Dylan: Visions, Portraits & Back Pages and Punk: The Whole Story, and is the author of the Pink Floyd biography Comfortably Numb and the Queen biography Is This the Real Life? Blake lives in London with his wife and son.

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