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Posted: 26 Sep 06, 21:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just received this book today from Amazon and haven't started reading it yet. I was wondering if anyone had read it and what their opinions were about it. Thanks guys.

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Posted: 26 Sep 06, 21:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I hav read it!! It's good but doesn't talk very highly of Mary!!


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Posted: 26 Sep 06, 21:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

he doesnt say anything BAD about mary!!

I personally liked it, it was funny, insightful, not to intrusive...

well, lets just say its not the jibber jabber he gives in interviews, its very much better, and you dont feel like his mouth should have been glued with super glue long ago..

all in all, i liked it alot.

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Posted: 26 Sep 06, 21:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I said he doesn't he doesn't speak very highly of Mary in my opinion!!!


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Posted: 26 Sep 06, 21:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

colfarrell1@aol.com wrote:

I said he doesn't he doesn't speak very highly of Mary in my opinion!!!


such as? im just wondering..

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Posted: 26 Sep 06, 23:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks guys. I'm looking forward to reading it and I'm sure I'll find some interesting things I didn't know about Freddie before. Thanks again.

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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 05:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


I'm reading it now after getting it a few years ago.

I'm finding it disappointing. I expected more insights into the creative processes. The section on videos and album covers particularly...


Let us know what you think when you read it!




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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 06:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Voice of reason.

That's exactly why I didn't even bother getting to half way through it before placing it back on the shelf. There's no structure to the book and all you get are details of what it was like to work for Fred rather than what Fred was actually like. A hard copy of that terrible ITV show that was aired recently.

To be honest, we will NEVER see a book that accurately charts Freddie and his life - the only possible way we will get this is if Brian, Roger and John collaborate on a book about the band - and that's as likely as Freddie being resurrected.


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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 07:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read it and found the bit where he talks about the house and how it was decorated a bit boring, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would have done but Freddie was never my favourite member so that's probably why. It was worth buying though but takes forever to read.


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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 09:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To be honest, we will NEVER see a book that accurately charts Freddie and his life - the only possible way we will get this is if Brian, Roger and John collaborate on a book about the band - and that's as likely as Freddie being resurrected.



i agree! that is the fact!

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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 11:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

200 and something pages in at the moment and I'm enjoying it. True, the structure isn't great and the part where he focuses on the house is a bit boring. But so far, so good. There are plenty of nice little moments being fed to the reader, I find.

An important thing I should say is that the first half of the book isn't the best and it's the 2nd half that seems to be moving along nicely.

I especially like the bit where they're in a club and Freddie's taken something. One of his entourage turns a corner and there's Fred in a half-filled bin of cans shouting, "Trash! Oooh! Look! I'm trash!"

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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Close to being a great book...

You might want to skip all the details about every single piece of furniture in the house, and all the shit Freddie bought from auctions. It's absolutely boring.

I'd rather hear about Freddie's cats shitting on their litter boxes.


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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 13:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have it! I nearly cried at the part in the lead up to Freddie's death! It was sad, but there were parts that really should have been kept private.


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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 13:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yeh i've got it
what do you mean we won't find out what Freddie was really like? Read 'Mercury and Me' by Jim Hutton (Freddie's boyfriend)
its a LOT better then Peter Freestone's one

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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 14:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think these books by Peter and Jim were cash-ins. Freddie was a very private man who wanted private things to remain private. His best friends have stabbed him in the back with these books, as well as the home videos that were given out and eventually ended up on the Internet.



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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 15:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Love this book!!!!!!!! Glad you got it. I've had mine for 2 years now and in the course of those 2 years I've read it God knows how many times! :P

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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 15:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What i was saying about Mary was that peter didn't very highly of her during the chapter speakin of Freddie's will!!!! It sounded like Peter wanted more than he got and was jealous of what Mary got from Frddie!!!!!!!! Only my opinion!


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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 16:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH<br><h6>ah yeah</h6> wrote:

I think these books by Peter and Jim were cash-ins. Freddie was a very private man who wanted private things to remain private. His best friends have stabbed him in the back with these books, as well as the home videos that were given out and eventually ended up on the Internet.


very good words 100% agree

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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 16:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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I especially like the bit where they're in a club and Freddie's taken something. One of his entourage turns a corner and there's Fred in a half-filled bin of cans shouting, "Trash! Oooh! Look! I'm trash!"

Adam.



ROFL, i was just about to say thats the best part, LOL!

I do agree that the bit on the house is boring, but I read it anyway.



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Posted: 27 Sep 06, 17:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Benn wrote:

Voice of reason.

That's exactly why I didn't even bother getting to half way through it before placing it back on the shelf. There's no structure to the book and all you get are details of what it was like to work for Fred rather than what Fred was actually like. A hard copy of that terrible ITV show that was aired recently.

To be honest, we will NEVER see a book that accurately charts Freddie and his life - the only possible way we will get this is if Brian, Roger and John collaborate on a book about the band - and that's as likely as Freddie being resurrected.


From what I've read, the members of the band didn't socialize much when they weren't actually writing and recording songs or touring. John Deacon had his wife and 6(?) kids, and Roger and Brian weren't into the gay scene. Therefore, the only close look into Freddie's private life would be those who lived it with him such as Peter for 12 years and Jim for 7. I liked Freestone's bits and pieces about some of the videos and albums being made such as in the taping of Body Language when one of the singers in her green sequined dress on cue fell into the life-sized cake. When I read that I thought, "I've seen that tape many times and don't remember that." Well, it's there, but only for a few seconds. If you blinked, you'd miss it. And there was only one cake made, so it had to be done right. Peter was pointing out with that example how creative Queen and Freddie were with such extraordinary attention to details. Ever since, I have watched their videos much closer, and it's amazing how many effects are going on for just a second or two. As far as the description of the layout of Freddie's home, I would have liked to have seen a floor plan drawing, and to see pictures of his precious antiques. I've seen pictures of Mary in the home, and it looks beautiful, elegant. I've read and seen dvd interviews with Freestone and Hutton who said as they met Queen fans along the way after Freddie's death, there were many misconceptions about him, and they wanted (separately, of course) to set the record straight, such as the rumors that he died alone, was blind, and in excruciating pain - all not true! And wasn't there an interview where Freddie said When I'm dead, who cares? (although I think the question was about how would he want to be remembered.) For some other insights into the private Freddie, this link is a compilation of an interview with Peter Jones who was Freddie's driver for a time. This link has appeared on Queenzone a number of times. http://forums.queenonline.com/viewtopic.php?t=29433


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