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Queen: As It Began

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The official biography of the 70's rock supergroup that captures the excitement of its recent comeback. Charting Queen's flamboyant, hit-making musical history, this book also chronicles the life stories of members including the beloved lead singer and his battle with AIDS. Features a comprehensive discography and videography, plus eight pages of color photos. .
Paperback, 292 pages
Published August 1994 by Hyperion (first published August 1st 1992)
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L.
Jan 30, 2015 L. rated it it was amazing
The complete and virtually unabridged biography of the greatest band of all time is a must-have for any fan. It details the lives of Freddie, Brian, John and Roger from their respective births, and leaves little out (apart from the malicious gossip that was so frequently found in the tabloid papers).

The book is written by Jacky Smith (nee Gunn), the manager of the Offical International Queen Fan Club (which is now the longest running fan club of all time) and Jim Jenkins, a long time fan who was
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Suzi
Dec 07, 2009 Suzi rated it really liked it
Written by Queen's Fan Club president and a super-fan, Queen: As It Began is a breezy account of the band from their beginning to Freddie Mercury's death. The book was first published shortly after he died, so an epilogue/afterword was quickly added before it went to press. Gunn details where they went on tour and where they recorded, but never gets much in depth, despite having the band's cooperation. I hope in the future she may write another book going into more detail, as well as covering th ...more
Sarah Tummey
Feb 12, 2015 Sarah Tummey rated it it was amazing
If you're a Queen fan, this is the best book to read. Written by the owner of the fan club before she married and became Jacky Smith.
Tim Karasko
Aug 13, 2012 Tim Karasko rated it it was amazing
Official biographies are always a suspect thing; the reader should always expect that the most tantalizing and/or heretical episodes to be watered down or completely forgotten. While this is most undoubtably true for this biography it is still a fascinating window into the bands history. I remember reading this soon after it was first released and it felt like a well-spring of information at the time and until the advent of the Internet I used it as a constant reference guide due to its lengthy ...more
Lalinilla
Le pongo cinco estrellas porque es lo que es, pero está escrito con el culo. No sé si serán los dos autores o si será la traductora (que también, porque hay errores de puntuación y de conjugación de verbos que dañan la vista), pero está claro que saben mucho de Queen y nada de escribir.

En fin, a veces es mejor no releer.
Michelle Hammond
Great read for fans.
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