Queen related Book
From the Author of Queen Unseen, Peter Hince
Queen Unseen is a unique account of the many exciting years as a young man I spent on tour, in the recording studio, on video shoots and day to day life at home with one of the world’s biggest and best ever rock bands. It is an insightful, enlightening and mostly humorous account for anybody who has ever wondered what working for Queen, or indeed most rock bands of that era really entailed….. the highs and the lows. It is not a chronological history or definitive biography of the band, but a personal story of what it was like to spend your youth travelling the world and living the rock and roll lifestyle – to the full!
There is plenty of sex and drugs and rock and roll – as everybody knows that’s what happened….
I make observations and comments about all the fantastic places we visited and played, and what it was like living, at times, a crazy and surreal existence.
The book covers all the areas that were relevant in Queen’s working life, during my time as Queen’s longest serving roadie and head of their crew. There is lots of new material and surprises for Queen fans and it is a book to interest anybody who likes stories of rock and roll life in the 1970s & 1980s.
Mine is a truly unique book on Queen – no journalist or author could have written it – they were not there. I was, and I remember it all like it was yesterday…..
There will be photo sections in the book that contain colour and black & white images from my successful Queen The Unseen Archive show that was exhibited in London and Australia recently. There will be additional rare and unseen photos and other images items of interest.
I hope you will join me on an Access All Areas journey through a magical era when we were young; feeling we could take on the world and win. Invariably we did.
Queen Unseen – My Review
Queen Unseen is an excellent book, a must for Queen fans. It is a very honest and blunt account of his life on the road with rock legends Queen.
Peter Hince was the head roadie with Queen from 1973 until 1984 (and a few times during the 1986 Magic tour). Queen Unseen contains a documentary of what happened behind the scenes at concerts, and the legends about those Queen parties (you find out if there were dwarves with cocaine on their heads), basically the book is a story of sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll…. not something I would have previously associated with Queen.
The book contains lots of humour with great anecdotes from the Queen tours. You get a real sense of the era and what was happening on stage, in the studio, and on the road. The book covers all the major concerts, including the USA, Latin America, Rock in Rio, and the controversial sun city gig. It is full of no holds barred, real experiences. The book was written with the blessing of the band and depicts what life on the road with Queen was really like.
If you are a Queen fan you will love this book for the detail and the fact that this book was written by somebody who was actually there. I have read so many books about Queen, written by people who have used interviews and hearsay, but this book is different. The one thing which struck me was that the book is not overly chronological as it flips between certain years to others but does so in a very interesting way. I actually read this book twice as there is so much in there, you get to soak up so much Queen information … it’s great.
There are some excellent Queen photos, many of which I have never seen before because they are from Peter’s own Queen photography collection.
Peter Hince pursued a photography career after the works tour and even took the great pretender cover for Freddie. He continues to work as a photographer and writer. If you love the early years of Queen you will love Queen Unseen.
Queen Unseen – Publishers Note
Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the world, and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn’t have to imagine: for more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as head of their road crew. In 1973, Queen was the support act for Mott the Hoople, for whom Peter was a roadie. Back then, Queen had to content themselves with being second on the bill and the world had not yet woken up to the flamboyant talent of Freddie Mercury. Peter started working full-time for Queen just as they were making A Night at the Opera, the album which catapulted them to international stardom. In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band. He was with Freddie when he composed ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’; he was responsible for making sure that Freddie’s stage performances went without a hitch – and was often there to witness his famed tantrums! He was also party to the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll which are invariably part of life on the road with a rock band.
About the Peter Hince
Peter Hince met Queen as a teenager in 1973 when they were a support act to Mott The Hoople. Later he began working full-time for Queen during the recording of A Night at The Opera album and stayed with the band until their final concert in 1986. Head of Queen’s road crew, Peter then left the music business to start his career as a professional advertising photographer. He continues to work as a photographer and a writer.