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Queen Unseen: My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century par [Hince, Peter]
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Longueur : 361 pages Word Wise: Activé Langue : Anglais

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'Will satisfy the curiosity of anyone wanting to know what it was really like to work with a famous rock band' --Mojo

'An informative, humorous and insightful rock 'n' roll narrative. Ground zero for Queen fans.' --Billy Squier, Musician

'Extremely accurate, well-written and entertaining. I know I was there. Read it.' --Mack, Queen record producer

Présentation de l'éditeur

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. Many books have been written about Queen and Freddie Mercury but this is the first real insider's story. Packed with the author's own exclusive photographs, this warm and witty book will entertain and inform. It is a must-read for any music fan.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3474 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 361 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1843587483
  • Editeur : John Blake (27 octobre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1843587483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843587484
  • ASIN: B0078XGX62
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5 2 commentaires client
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A lot of self-celebration. The autho seems to exagerate his input and his influence on the band. Not a lot of really interesting informations, one or two maybe but it's worth buying anyway.
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Les tournées du groupe Queen comme si l'on y était. J'adore les moments que je passe plongée dans l'ouvrage de Peter Hince.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tales from the roadie 6 décembre 2011
Par William - Publié sur
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Queen Unseen is arguably the greatest book ever published about Queen. It's not the comprehensive history of the band and it's not a sordid tabloid tale with grossly exaggerated stories about celebrities. This book is a collection of first-hand recollections of a man who spent over a decade in the service of rock royalty. Peter is honest with his stories. He doesn't sugar-coat stories unnecessarily, nor is he disrespectful of his employers, co-workers and friends. The book not only serves as a Queen memoir, but as a fascinating insight into the day-to-day logistics of a well tuned Rock and Roll machine. Peter tells the first-hand accounts of Freddie Mercury writing Crazy Little Thing Called Love in the bathtub, John Deacon fleeing to Bali in the 80's, car crashes, large cash transactions, and roadie pranks and excesses. Queen Unseen is excellently written, highly amusing and offers invaluable insight into the greatest rock band that ever existed. It's a beautiful book. Buy 50 copies. Mr. Hince deserves it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 QUEEN UNSEEN the life of Peter Hince. 22 juin 2017
Par Michael Scapp - Publié sur
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Pros: Peter knows Queen; there are a couple of good roadie stories

Cons: Take the title seriously, this is not a book about Queen


The title should have really tipped me off - but it didn’t. I actually believed I was buying a book about British rock band Queen through the eyes of a roadie. Not just any roadie mind you, but one who had been there from the very beginning. The title is Queen Unseen, yet also in smaller case letters ‘my life with the greatest rock band of the 20th century.’ That’s what this is, the life and duties of one Peter “Ratty” Hince while the time he was employed by Queen. As I started reading, I kept thinking that it started off a bit slow, waiting to get to the cool Queen stories. After the first 50 pages I caught on. There aren’t any juicy Queen stories at all, just tales of what the band expected of Ratty.

Ratty is the nickname Peter was given, as everyone was given nicknames, even the band themselves. Ratty’s stories mostly had to do with stories about his conquest of the local ladies in any given town where Queen were touring. It didn’t matter what country, city or even which hemisphere, there were always willing girls to sleep with anybody that had anything to do with the band. Also covered was what kind of duties was expected of a roadie.

Peter was Deacon’s and lead singer Freddie Mercury’s roadie. In the early ‘70s, Ratty was expected to set up and break down equipment as well as make sure he quickly fixed any technical errors that had to do with Freddie or John’s equipment. When the band (Freddie) started doing drugs toward the 80s (and beyond), Peter was expected to score whatever Freddie desired no matter where they were. I feel that Peter’s political naivety was the main thing that saved him time and again. Anytime he got into any jam he would learn to say, “I’m with the band, rock group Queen” in each language and this would get him off the hook, and it somehow did.

Alas. there was a couple of small moments that had to do with Queen. Peter was closer to John than he was with Freddie, and he would hang out with John more on tour. One time, after the band barely makes it out of a very corrupt Mexico, Deacon went over to George Harrison’s house and they compared horror stories, Harrison offered up his tale of The Beatles in the Philippines. Peter gave a couple of Freddie stories, my favorite was Peter going to Freddie’s hotel room in 1984 and Freddie was listening to Prince’s new album Purple Rain repeatedly and offering it up some high praise.

This book is not a Queen book, but a book that waged that Queen fans would be interested in stories about someone who used to know them. While I was initially disappointed and feeling a bit ripped off, I warmed up to the book. I would have liked it to be a bit more Queen-focused but it is what it is.

Queen Unseen: My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century
ISBN: 1843587483
John Blake
Author: Peter Hince
288 Pages (24 pages of color and b&w photos)
November 2nd, 2011
Rating: 2½ stars
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book ROCKS! 20 février 2012
Par Carrin - Publié sur
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I LOVE this book! It is very well written, informative, and entertaining. Downright funny at times. Yes, it is more about life as Queen's head roadie, but that is another important side of Queen as a group. Mr. Hince was also the personal roadie of Freddie Mercury and John Deacon so he gives us his unique perspective on them, which is wonderful as these are the two Queen members who were/are very private people. Lots about his times with John Deacon. It is great reading, hard to put down, and sad to get to the end because we want more. Please write again "Ratty". I will read this again and am glad that I bought this book. Pure enjoyment.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 and so -- bad choice for me 12 août 2016
Par Franki - Publié sur
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Fascinating for a bit, this account of the life of Queen roadie Peter Hince gives you a taste of life behind the scenes of a Queen performance. And that's all he promises right down to the title. I expected more insight into the personalities of the band; and so -- bad choice for me. He does paint a picture of Freddie, the surface of Freddie anyway. And his experience of the U.S.A. during the 70s and 80s: tasty and insightful.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Honest Look at the Greatest Showman in Rock...EVER! 16 juillet 2013
Par J. Jenkins - Publié sur
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Having recently devoured all of Queen's live concert videos, the Great Pretender and Days of Our Lives Blue Ray, along with no less than five books on the band, I can honestly say that Peter Hince's book about Queen and Freddie Mercury ranks as the best book ever written about them. Hince worked for the band for a majority of the time they were together. He truly lived with Queen and spent a lot of time up close and personal with the greatest voice in rock. If you want a traditional, linear book, this is not what you want. But if you really want to know what it was like to support one of the greatest bands in rock, then Hince's work is the definitive read. What you get are solid stories of being on the road with Queen. Hince writes in such a way that it almost feels as if he's sitting down in your home with you while sipping on a few pints and sharing his memories as they surface in real time. I felt that by the time I finished the book that I knew what it must have been like work with Queen and that I had a much better sense at just how they managed to last for so long and how they all came together to show their love and respect for a band member whose life was cut short by AIDS. Indeed, it's the little moments of humanity that Hince shares that elevate this to a great work. There's no trashing of the band or taking them down for merely being human. In fact, Hince demonstrates a profound love and respect for being part of an era where true Gods of rock were in our midst, which I felt made his book more compelling to read. Yes, we know Freddie was no angel, and we know ALL bands are likely to fight from time to time while doing silly things....but Hince focuses on what made his work so fulfilling. And in doing so, he makes Freddie, Brian, Roger and John all the more real to us so you come away with feeling much more moved by the fact that Queen left a truly indelible impression and that since his death, the entire rock world has yet to find a more capable troubadour to captivate our hearts and souls. Thank you, Ratty, for this amazing book--it's now one of my personal favorites!
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