To coincide with their 1990 tour, the rock band Queen have agreed to this biography, which aims to cover every aspect of their career, from the early hits to "Live Aid". It contains exclusive interviews with band members, many photographs and a complete discography.
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The history of such a colorful, successful rock band as the British supergroup Queen ("Bohemian Rhapsody") is a story worth reading--but not as written by these amateur authors, the manager of the Queen Fan Club and the "archetypal 'superfan,' " respectively. Beginning with the birth of each band member, the book takes readers on a 45-year trek that ends with the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury in 1991. Unfortunately, the authors include everything , burying fascinating anecdotes (a tea party with Groucho Marx in 1977; the 1978 filming of 65 naked women on bicycles in Wimbledon Stadium to promote "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Bicycle Race") under endless details. Few readers will want to know the musicians' high school grades or where the band changed planes on the way to a concert. On the other hand, they will want to learn more about the enigmatic Mercury, whose flamboyant camp act transformed four heavy metal musicians into skilled performance artists with worldwide popularity. Given the authors credentials, it isn't suprising that there is a certain bias--"the only thing the press concentrated on when writing up news of the opening of the world's biggest ever rock festival, was the 'near riot' . . ." The book does contain an impressive 35-page discography/videography, useful for music collectors--in 1991, Queen became the second most collectible band after the Beatles. Photos.
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There are two kinds of showbiz bio: the sleazy tell-all and the breathless tribute. This Queen chronicle is definitely of the second type. If you're looking to find out how Freddie Mercury contracted HIV, it's not for you. If you care about the band's formation and early appearances or the arduous process of obtaining a recording contract, though, it's a fine resource. Devout fans Gunn and Jenkins became privy to the group's inner workings, and although their book was not commissioned by Queen, the band gave them plenty of cooperation. But any criticism in itfor instance, when Gunn and Jenkins compare Queen's extremely familiar Bohemian Rhapsody to the ubiquitous Led Zeppelin warhorse, Stairway to Heavenis unintentional. So it's hardly surprising that Gunn and Jenkins also pay scant attention to the scary underside of the rock music business or to the sexual innuendos of the band's presentation. Perhaps the sleazy side of Queen will emerge in the next book on the band. Mike Tribby
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Description du livre Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1992. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0283060522
Description du livre Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1992. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire M0283060522
Description du livre Sidgwick and Jackson, 1992. Hardcover. État : New. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in Brand New condition. N° de réf. du libraire CHL2289896
Description du livre Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1992. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P110283060522