• Biography & Autobiography

Queen Unseen

My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 21st Century
Author: Peter Hince
Publisher: John Blake
ISBN: 9781857827958
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 6690
An intimate and affectionate insider's story of his years spent alongside Queen, with exclusive personal photos For more than a decade, Peter Hince worked with one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the world and heading up their road crew as they performed at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Here he recalls the highlights of those years with the band. He was with Freddie Mercury when he composed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," he was responsible for making sure that Freddie's stage performances went without a hitch, and he was often there to witness Freddie's famed tantrums. He was also party to the sex, drugs, and rock and roll which are invariably part of life on the road with a rock band. Many books have been written about Queen and Freddie Mercury, but this is the first real insider's story. Packed with the author's own exclusive photos, including never-before-seen shots of Freddie, his female lover Mary, and other band members, this warm and witty book will entertain and inform as a must read for any music fan.

    • Music

Queen Unseen - My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century: Revised and with Added Material


Author: Peter Hince
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1784188794
Category: Music
Page: 300
View: 3302
This is a book that will satisfy the curiosity of anyone who has ever wanted to know what it was really like to work with a famous rock band.’ Mojo Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the globe and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn’t have to imagine: for more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as head of their road crew. In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band. He was with Freddie when he composed ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’; he was responsible for making sure that Freddie’s stage performances went without a hitch - and was often there to witness his famed tantrums! He was also party to the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll which are invariably part of life on the road with a rock band. Many books have been written about Queen and Freddie Mercury but this is the first real insider’s story. Packed with the author’s own exclusive photographs, this warm and witty book will entertain and inform. It is a must-read for any music fan. ‘Extremely accurate, well-written and entertaining. I know - I was there. Read it.’ Mack, Queen record producer

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Queen Unseen

My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century
Author: Peter Hince
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1843588633
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 300
View: 5221
Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the world and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn't have to imagine: for more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as head of their road crew. In 1973, Queen was the support act for Mott the Hoople, for whom Peter was a roadie. Back then, Queen had to content themselves with being second on the bill and the world had not yet woken up to the flamboyant talent of Freddie Mercury. Peter started working full time for Queen just as they were making A Night at the Opera, the album which catapulted them to international stardom. In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band. He was with Freddie when he composed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'; he was responsible for making sure that Freddie's stage performances went without a hitch - and was often there to witness his famed tantrums! He was also party to the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll which are invariably part of life on the road with a rock band. Many books have been written about Queen and Freddie Mercury but this is the first real insider's story. Packed with the author's own exclusive photographs, this warm and witty book will entertain and inform. It is a must-read for any music fan.

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Is This the Real Life?

The Untold Story of Queen
Author: Mark Blake
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0306819732
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
View: 8722
The definitive biography of Queen and Freddie Mercury, by the author of Comfortably Numb and Bring It On Home Despite the death of their exuberant front man Freddie Mercury in 1991, Queen remains one of the most popular bands on the planet, with 300 million global album sales and the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, a "foot-stomping celebration of Queen," hitting theaters. Yet the full story of their extraordinary success and the truths behind the enigmatic Mercury has never fully been told, until now. Journalist Mark Blake, author of the bestselling Pink Floyd biography Comfortably Numb, has drawn on his own earlier interviews with the band and conducted nearly 100 exclusive interviews with record producers, ex-band members, personal assistants, and school friends, including many of Freddie Mercury's earliest associates, to produce a complete, fascinating account of the band's rise from suburbia to worldwide super-stardom. Is This the Real Life? tells, for the first time, how this groundbreaking band became champions of the world.

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Freddie Mercury

The Biography
Author: Laura Jackson
Publisher: Piatkus
ISBN: 0748129073
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
View: 5756
This fascinating biography of Freddie Mercury which received outstanding acclaim from Queen and rock fans worldwide, has now been updated for reissue to coincide with the release of the film about his life. Laura Jackson addresses topics including: * The reality behind Queen's flamboyant front man and lead singer * Mercury the star of mystery - amusing, loyal and generous, yet revealing a dark side to his personality * His frequent use of cocaine and how it heightened his tendency to excess - both on and off stage * The women in his life - his bizarrely enduring relationships with his first love, Mary Austin, and his long-time confidante, Barbara Valentin, who speaks for the first time in this book The book also includes new and intimate stories by those who knew him well, such as Tim Rice, Richard Branson, Cliff Richard, Bruce Dickinson, Mike Moran, Wayne Eagling, Zandra Rhodes and Susannah York.

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40 Years of Queen


Author: Harry Doherty
Publisher: Crows Nest
ISBN: 9781742378817
Category: Rock musicians
Page: 93
View: 2933
Celebrating 40 years of one of the world's best-loved bands, an 'access all areas' biography for all the fans, chock full of facsimile memorabilia including some never before seen setlists, handwritten lyrics, unpublished album art, ultra-rare posters. Queen: one of the biggest bands ever. Sell-out tours, chart-topping records and stunning success for 40 years. Hundreds of millions of albums, singles and videos sold all over the world. They have broken records constantly: biggest ever paying crowd, longest number of weeks in the charts, headliners at the biggest festival ever and more. They have received accolades too numerous to list in full, but suffice to say 'Best Band', 'Best Album', 'Best Single, 'Best Video' and 'Best Live Act' feature again and again. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and given their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. 40 YEARS OF QUEEN is an official publication, and has been approved at every stage by the band. It shows and tells the story of a fantastically talented and popular group of musicians who have retained an enormous fan base throughout their entire history. The book showcases the band, its members, recordings and concerts through images and the written word, as well as through unique pieces of memorabilia from Queen's private collection.

    • Music

Queen: The Early Years


Author: Mark Hodkinson
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 0857120557
Category: Music
Page: 208
View: 7687
This classic account of the birth of a legendary group is the truly authentic version of Queen's rise to stardom.Author Mark Hodkinson interviewed over 60 friends and colleagues of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon to piece together a fascinating jigsaw of anecdotes from the days when the future superstars were playing with bands like The Reaction, The Opposition, 1984 and Sour Milk.Intimate, suprising and meticulously researched, Queen: The Early Years is a riveting read accompanied by many previously unseen early photographs of the four band mambers.

    • Health & Fitness

Somebody to Love

The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
Author: Mark Langthorne,Matt Richards
Publisher: Weldon Owen
ISBN: 1681882515
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 440
View: 9353
For the first time, the final years of one of the world's most captivating rock showman are laid bare. Including interviews from Freddie Mercury's closest friends in the last years of his life, along with personal photographs, Somebody to Love is an authoritative biography of the great man. Here are previously unknown and startling facts about the singer and his life, moving detail on his lifelong search for love and personal fulfilment, and of course his tragic contraction of a then killer disease in the mid-1980s. Woven throughout Freddie's life is the shocking story of how the HIV virus came to hold the world in its grip, was cruelly labelled 'The Gay Plague' and the unwitting few who indirectly infected thousands of men, women and children - Freddie Mercury himself being one of the most famous. The death of this vibrant and spectacularly talented rock star, shook the world of medicine as well as the world of music. Somebody to Love finally puts the record straight and pays detailed tribute to the man himself.

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Queen: The Complete Works


Author: Georg Purvis
Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)
ISBN: 1781162875
Category: Music
Page: 480
View: 2977
Clashing together outrageous musical influences and extravagantly visual imagery, Queen's place in history as the greatest glam band of them all is rock solid. Their fan base continues to grow, a decade and a half on from the death of Freddie Mercury, Queen's super-charismatic front man. Georg Purvis's meticulous, session-by-session, song-by-song, album-by-album, tour-by-tour record of the band's progress is the complete reference source that Queen fans have been waiting for. If you love the Champions of Rock, it's all here: The Band - detailed insights into Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon The Albums - detailed production history and analysis of every album, including solo releases The Sessions - in depth coverage from the early days via A Night at The Operaall the way to Made in Heaven The Songs - hundreds of individual entries on all the famous recordings, as well as obscure, unreleased rarities The Tours - set-lists and histories of every live show The Videos - a complete guide to Queen's groundbreaking video work The Movies - Flash Gordon, and other projects Plus - the reunion shows with Paul Rodgers, the radio sessions, the costumes, the parties and much, much more...

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Mercury

An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451663951
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 350
View: 7732
A portrait of the iconic rock band's late lead singer draws on insider access to trace his rise to fame, struggles with risky behavior, relationships with loved ones and death from AIDS complications. 60,000 first printing.

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Queen

The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock
Author: Phil Sutcliffe
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 9780760340103
Category: Music
Page: 288
View: 7313
Queen was renowned for electrifying performances, envied for rumors of rock excess, and beloved for music that melded an array of genres. Now available in a nicely priced paperback edition comes the first history befitting this larger-than-life rock band. Packed with stunning performance and offstage photographs—dozens of them previously unpublished—as well as handbills, posters, backstage passes, tickets, T-shirts, LPs, and singles gathered from around the globe, this is the ultimate visual history for Queen fans everywhere. A history of the band spans the pre-Queen years to current work with Paul Rodgers. Complementing this thorough account are reviews of all studio and live albums; complete tour dates; an extensive discography; reflections on the band and their music from some of rock’s top performers past and present; and exclusive insights from their former crew.

    • Gay men

Freddie Mercury

A Life, in His Own Words
Author: Freddie Mercury,Greg Brooks,Simon Lupton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780955375804
Category: Gay men
Page: 176
View: 6402
Noted for his powerful vocal talent and charismatic stage presence, Freddie Mercury was a true legend of rock. In this book the late Queen frontman recalls some of the key moments which shaped his life, revealing how he coped with the ups and downs of fame and celebrity.

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Queen

The Definitive Biography
Author: Laura Jackson
Publisher: Gardners Books
ISBN: 9780749923174
Category: Music
Page: 240
View: 6737
With a career spanning three decades and album sales topping 150 million worldwide, they continue to fascinate fans and music lovers with their stories of legendary parties, outrageous lifestyles, turbulent affairs and outstanding musical achievements. Queen: The definitive biography is a comprehensive history of this important band. Laura Jackson has carried out exclusive interviews with members of Queen, many of their close friends, and several of the world's leading rock musicians including Sir Cliff Richard, Richie Sambora, Gary Glitter, John Peel, Malcolm McLaren, Bruce Dickenson, Peter Stringfellow, Richard Branson, Trevor Francis and Nigel Planer. She turns the spotlight onto the private lives, professional struggles and personal triumphs of all four band members, from Freddie Mercury's reckless affairs and flamboyantly gay lifestyle to the intensely private bass player John Deacon, and from Brian May's emotional excesses to Roger Taylor's sexual scandals. Laura Jackson includes a frank and compelling account of Mercury's illness and eventual death from AIDS and examines the impact this had on his friends and family and what it meant for the band.

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Classic Queen


Author: Mick Rock
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781402751929
Category: Music
Page: 192
View: 3379
The legendary photographer best known for his iconic images of 1970s rock music and musicians chronicles the career of one of rock music's most notable bands as he documents the lives of the members of Queen in more than 250 extraordinary images from his archives, accompanied by anecdotes on his time spent with the group.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury
Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444733702
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
View: 2323
'Exactly the sort of tribute Mercury himself would have wanted' SPECTATOR 'No one has captured better than Lesley-Ann Jones the magical, enchanting dualism of Freddie Mercury' THE TIMES 'Truly definitive, truly Freddie, an energetic, entertaining and essential account' SIR TIM RICE 'This book grabs you with its opening, then builds. Insight and anecdote in perfect harmony' SIMON NAPIER-BELL 'At last a massive tribute to a massive talent' STEVE HARLEY, COCKNEY REBEL This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those who were closest to Freddie, from childhood to death, Lesley-Ann has written the most in depth account of one of music's best loved and most complex figures. Meticulously researched, sympathetic, unsensational, the book will focus on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame. In her journey to understand the man behind the legend, Lesley-Ann Jones has travelled from London to Zanzibar to India. Packed with exclusive interviews and told with the invaluable perspective that the twenty years since Mercury's death presents, Freddie Mercury is the most up to date portrait of a legendary man.

    • Fiction

Adam's Peak


Author: Heather Burt
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 9781550026467
Category: Fiction
Page: 335
View: 6837
On a stifling August day, six-year-old Clare Fraser and seven-year-old Rudy Vantwest make eye contact from opposite sides of their street. For an instant they are connected, then each turns away Clare to the shelter of the garden sprinkler, Rudy to the excitement of his brother's impending birth. Twenty-five years later, Clare and Rudy, strangers living continents apart, fixtures of each others memories and imaginations, are connected again. Overturning the guarded, insular lives they both lead, two events one an accident, the other an act of terror transform them both and bind the Vantwest and Fraser families irrevocably. Adam's Peak weaves back and forth between a Montreal suburb and a Colombo private school, between a Ceylon tea estate at the end of the Second World War and a small Scottish town in the early 1960s, its characters struggling desperately to come to terms with themselves and with their powerful connections to the people and places they have tried to escape.

    • Music

Queen

The Complete Illustrated Lyrics
Author: Queen,Roger Taylor,Brian May
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781617130137
Category: Music
Page: 390
View: 4521
Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Queen, one of the most influential bands in history, this complete Queen lyric book, the first of its kind, includes hundreds of images that accompany the songs, from handwritten lyrics to rare photographs from the stage to the studio. Original.

    • Rock musicians

Mercury and Me


Author: Jim Hutton,Tim Wapshott
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9780747521341
Category: Rock musicians
Page: 211
View: 2765
The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Button had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him.;Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years after moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercury's death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury's closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, Phil Collins to name a few.;Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes about as well as a deep understanding of, Mercury's life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.

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Rat Girl

A Memoir
Author: Kristin Hersh
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101459026
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
View: 5108
The founder of a cult rock band shares her outrageous tale of growing up much faster than planned. In 1985, Kristin Hersh was just starting to find her place in the world. After leaving home at the age of fifteen, the precocious child of unconventional hippies had enrolled in college while her band, Throwing Muses, was getting off the ground amid rumors of a major label deal. Then everything changed: she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and found herself in an emotional tailspin; she started medication, but then discovered she was pregnant. An intensely personal and moving account of that pivotal year, Rat Girl is sure to be greeted eagerly by Hersh's many fans.