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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 02:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Any recommendation for a good book (or two or three) about Queen and/or Freddie Mercury? Biography, autobiography, history book, etc.

Something factually accurate that I can read to learn more about this amazing group and their history.

Thanks!

(ps - I know about the recent film, but any additional documentary recommendations are appreciated as well, as long as they're legit)

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 02:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd like to second this request, but with a small addition that it would be nice if the books were currently in print and easily available to purchase! It seems most of the books people recommend are OOP and go for rather unpleasant prices...could be looking in the wrong places though.

Perhaps I should invest in some sort of digital book app...seems most of the books are available that way...definitely prefer hardcopies though

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 09:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just out of interest, what age bracket do you two fit into? Genuine question.

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 11:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I enjoyed As It Began by Jackie Gunn & Jim Jenkins.

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 11:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have been reading a fab book on Queen albums and singles by Martin Popoff.
It also has contributions from Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider, and the great Paul McCartney who all give there opinions on Queen albums etc.......

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 12:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6990226-queen

Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock
by Phil Sutcliffe

When I first read this back in 2009/10 because most of the pictures were largely unpublished and the text was written from several different perspectives it gave a whole new spin on the band and rekindled my love from them which was (at that point) at rock bottom.

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 13:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You imply the film is a good starting point. Don't. There is so much in the film that is simply untrue and did not happen. Do not think a book will elaborate on the story the film told. It won't because that story isn't real

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 15:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would recommend "Mercury And Me" by Jim Hutton.Jim was Freddie's lover for seven years before Freddie passed away on 24th November 1991.A good insight into Freddie's life and still available in paperback from Amazon.I also like "Freddie Mercury" by Peter Freestone which is a good in depth account of Freddie's life.

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 17:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The first I've ever read was "Queen Freddie Mercury" by Rick Sky, written a long time ago. Stan Cuesta "Queen, l'opéra rock" (French title) was interesting. I didn't like "Queen" by Mick St Michael, it was about things I already knew from my previous readings.

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 19:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jim and Phoebe's books


Stay away from that liar Lesley Ann Jones

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Posted: 12 Feb 19, 19:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Also the film is extremely inaccurate so do not use that

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Posted: 13 Feb 19, 12:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My recommendation is: read everything you could find. I think it's good to read more sources and then have own opinion.

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Posted: 13 Feb 19, 16:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

40 Years Of Queen!

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Posted: 13 Feb 19, 18:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not many people know that "40 years of Queen" was initially a subtitle, that's why it sounds like one.
The original book title is "Brian May – The Power Behind Queen's Throne". I hope the next edition will correct this.

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Posted: 13 Feb 19, 19:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a long time since I read it, but I enjoyed Queen: The Early Years by Mark Hodkinson. If you're interested in Queen in general, I found it really interesting to read how everything began for them all.

People might not know but Jim's and Peter's books are like gold dust I think?! I also read Mercury and Me back in the day so already own that, but I have never read any of Peter's books and am finding it incredibly difficult to even source any of his books (for a reasonable price) to read!

For a Freddie book, recently I've loved The Real Life by David Minns and Evans (I'd love to read more from these two and more about Freddie from David Minns' perspective, but I guess there's the voyeur in me, sigh - boo to me.) which is easy and cheapish to find a second hand copy. It is small fragments of stories about Freddie by friends and people who knew him - briefly or well - their first impressions and meetings, then also they each speak about later in their acquaintance and final thoughts. I've found it super-poignant. I always think a biography says as much if not more about the writer as the subject, but when you have fragments from here and there, you really gather some sort of a sense of the person they speak of from how they all talk about and feel about him and from the ways in which accounts contradict or agree. I love it. David Evans made me cry just with the introduction!!

I haven't read it yet, but Peter Hince's book, Queen Unseen is easy to get new & I look forward to reading that.

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Posted: 13 Feb 19, 20:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen Unseen is ok but considering Hince's real life hobby was photography there are ridiculously, frustratingly few photo's in it.

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Posted: 18 Feb 19, 21:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Does anybody know a good place to find Peter Freestone's book? All the copies on Amazon are at extravagant prices. I found Jim Hutton's book at a reasonable price but can't seem to find this one anywhere...

Also someone asked my age range earlier in the thread, I'm in my 20s.

Thanks!

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Posted: 18 Feb 19, 23:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

SFF—Peter’s first book is availble on Google Play, at least it is in the USA. I paid $5 and change for it. I did not want to pay $40 on Amazon, even though I would have preferred a hard copy. The Google Play app is free, so I have that on my iPad. There are surely other ways to access Google Play content.

I learned this from someone on QZ, but don’t remember who.

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Posted: 20 Feb 19, 12:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I enjoyed Mark Blake 's "Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Freddie Mercury and Queen" $9.99 Kindle #17.99 Hard Copy Amazon USA

Remember reading (somewhere, have no idea where) a comment by someone who had been interviewed by Mark Blake and reported that he was meticulous about fact checking, calling several times to clarify information obtained during original interview.