Bohemian Rhapsody – The Inside Story
The film Bohemian Rhapsody has been a big hit at the cinema this Autumn. Telling the back story of the super group Queen.
Any one who knows me knows of my love of Queen. I’ve been a fan since the early 1970’s, when one of my older brothers introduced me to their music. This was actually pre-Bohemian Rhapsody. So very early Queen days.
I just loved their sound and even Mum who is 87 loves their music. Might be to do with the fact she has heard them over and over again as I would have my tape recorder playing when ever I was home.
As soon as I had a job and some extra money I started buying their records. In fact the very first LP I ever bought was Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack. I still have it although I haven’t played it in years.
My favourite Queen song – well I suppose you are going to expect me to say Bohemian Rhapsody and WOW that is up there, but it’s an old song called Lap of the Gods. I’ve just always loved this since I first heard it, followed closely by ’39 a track on the Night at the Opera. A more of a ballad/instrumental song than Queen use all instruments to the fore songs.
I also love “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” my best friend growing up Chris loved this song and we would often dance around his dining room whilst it was on. Sadly I lost him to aids, like we lost Freddie. A savage time during the 80’s for aids. I miss him, and his perfect hair.
About the Book
This book is the official book of the Twentieth Century Fox and Queen film. It has lots of photographs from behind the scenes of the film and of Queen and Freddie Mercury. It has interviews, by the author Owen Williams, with the main cast and crew members telling the story of how this mega super group and its larger than life front man came to be brought to the silver screen.
Many of Queen’s highlights are recreated for the film including their legendary performance during the Live Aid concert back in July, 1985. Some of Freddie’s iconic images are reproduced, including the scene from “I Want to Break Free”. Where the band members cross dress as females. It caused a storm when it first came out in the mid 80’s.
The book also includes photographs and biographies of the band members and their entourage, including Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Jim Beach, Paul Prenter, Mary Austin, John Reid and many more.
Bohemian Rhapsody – The Inside Story is a riveting read as well as a fabulous souvenir for the fans of Queen, their music and those that have seen or are about to see the film. I have really enjoyed reading it and looking at the photographs. I look forward to seeing Rami Malek in the movie and seeing how he portrays one of the biggest music legends.
If you are looking for a present this Christmas time for a music fan, then this book is a really good idea.
Bohemian Rhapsody: The Inside Story is available from Carlton Books and all good bookshops and online stores.
What is you favourite Queen song?
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