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Is This the Real Life?

Is This the Real Life?

The Untold Story of Queen

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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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts

On Sale: March 22nd 2011

Price: $6.99

Page Count: 432

ISBN-13: 9780306819735

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Reader Reviews


"Return to those thrilling days of rock 'n' roll yesteryear with Blake's engrossing chronicle of talent and excess. It's another one of those books that inhales you...Thought it's over 400 pages, it's the kind of book you'll rip through in a day. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read."—Creative Loafing Blog

"Mark Blake clearly knows the British-rock-supergroup terrain."—Onion, AV Club

"If you're a Queen fan, don't hesitate to pick this one up...[and] if you have even a passing interest in the story you should give this a shot. You really won't be disappointed."—

"The most comprehensive bio to date about the over-the-top rockers...Blake's book effectively illuminates the band's story and music for both the casual fan and diehards."—Houston Press

"Is This The Real Life? uses interviews with the people who knew the band best to piece together a Behind the Music-style biography. It's extensive and detailed...It's a worthy read."—Instinct

"Blake manages to paint a far more detailed picture than some of his predecessors...Sparkling anecdotes throughout."—MOJO

"A happy medium between fact and anecdote. Real Life rounds out the band's history with plenty of ripe minutiae and lost details...[A] colorful account."—Under the Radar

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