Queen As it Began
Queen As It Began by Jacky Gunn, Jim Jenkins
Paperback: 292 pages
This was actually the first Queen biography I read. It is interesting and very easy to read. This book is an authorised and official biography of Queen. The rock group biography describes the band, it’s formation, its ups and downs and charts Queen’s flamboyant, stupendous and hit-making musical history. As it Began details each of the Queen band members and also writes about Freddie’s battle with AIDS. The book also features a very comprehensive Queen discography and videography. if you are someone who likes some visual history in your autobiographies then you won’t be disappointed as there are eight pages of really nice colour photos of Queen through the years.
Queen were undisputed rock royalty, and this book is excellent becuase it is an authorised and in some ways the official biography of the band. Queen seemed to define certain period of the glam rock era of the early 1970s and not only did they blossom during that ear, but they also changed with the times and outlasted all their glam-rock contemporaries. Queen’s music was varied to say the least, from the Rock exuberance of Bohemian Rhapsody and March of the Black Queen to the Vaudville style of Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon and Bring Back Leroy Brown, Queen rewrote the rules in the music business – even insisting that the record c ompaby release a six-minute mini-opera when radio stations were only ever playing 3 minute ditties. Queen As it Began is a book I have re-read a few times now and includes contents based on exclusive interviews with band members, the band’s families and friends. In my view should be the first book you read before you read the hear-say of other books.
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