Customer Reviews


74 Reviews
5 star:
 (60)
4 star:
 (6)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (3)
1 star:
 (2)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So refreshing...!
I know a book is going to be a great read when you can open it on any page and before you know it you have turned over 3!

What makes this book so refreshing is that of course it is part of the Queen story but is taken from a completely different view point. Books in the past have mostly been written by people who did not know the band so were bad...
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Di Bragg

versus
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unseen Queen
Slightly baffled by almost unanimous high praise for Peter Hinces book. This is actually a book about Life as a Roadie(of which it is very well informed) but there is little in the way of new information or insight into the band. Indeed, whole swathes pass by with only tenuous mention of the supposed subject.
Disappointing as this could have been a wonderful and eye...
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Hawkshaw


‹ Previous | 1 28 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So refreshing...!, 6 Oct 2011
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
I know a book is going to be a great read when you can open it on any page and before you know it you have turned over 3!

What makes this book so refreshing is that of course it is part of the Queen story but is taken from a completely different view point. Books in the past have mostly been written by people who did not know the band so were bad impersonations of each others work.

Peter is telling his story of being a roadie in the 70's and 80's with great humour (believe me.....insert Spinal Tap instead of Queen!! His self depreciating sense of humour and talking about his country origins makes you believe that anyone could travel the world and be part of the biggest band that ever was.

The book also gives character to the band as individuals...something that we seem to forget when we class people as icons is that they were flesh and blood.

What comes out most about the book is Peter's genuine love of his job, his affection for his 'bosses' and their respect of him.

One of the great added bonuses of this book are the pages of rare and mostly unseen images of the band all taken by Peter himself.....

Enjoy......I certainly did!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE essentiial Queen book., 6 Jun 2012
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
Peter Hince AKA the legendary 'Ratty's tomb spans his time as the head of Queens road crew, and the bands defining period as a live act from the early days as Mott's support act through to 'Live Aid' and the final 'Magic Tour'. It's a great read - and to reiterate what's been said elsewhere, you come away with a feeling of genuine affection and mutual respect between Hince and the band, and of his time in the Queen organisation, and his life on the road. The book is filled with informative recounts, and remains objective and down to earth throughout. It's also well written, and paced in a way that's easy to get a feel of the endless globe trotting one night stands, and disorientation of life on the road, whilst maintaining a continuity which keeps the book a real page turner. There's plenty of insight in to the lives of the band - especially Freddie Mercury, and John Deacon, yet where other books have veered in to the tabloid catagory, Hince writes with genuine dignity - maintaining a down to earth, often humourous approach to his peers and employers, which doesn't grow tiring through the course of nearly 300 pages. Also included are many of his candid back stage photographs which add to this alternate view of one of biggest and most loved Rock bands of the last half century.
Peter Hince now makes a living as a photographer. The authors eponymous photography website is also worth taking a peek at too.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Roadie's Tale, 5 Oct 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
I received this book as a present yesterday evening - and finished it on the train this morning. That's how gripping and easy-flowing Peter Hince's account of his whirlwind decade with Queen is. Starting in the 1970s as a typical provincial teenager, a `mad-for-it' general gofer and plugger-inner, living on `Thousand on a Raft' (beans on toast) and copious amounts of sniff, blow, gargle, snort, suck and other rock enliveners, the roadie known as `Ratty' ended his stint with the world's most flamboyant band as the man they relied on to get their multi-million-dollar show round the world and on the boards, on time and in place, while still being at his overlords' command at the drop of a tiara, with trusty screw-driver and book of contacts at the ready. You don't do that by frying your brains, and Hince had the sense to get out and get on with his artistic calling as a photographer while everything synaptic was still more or less intact.

At show-time in stadiums across the world the author would crouch in the shadow of Freddie Mercury's grand piano, ready to pass his master a glass of water, a phallic microphone or a reassuring grin. But unquestioning sycophancy was never going be the right way to deal with a man like Fred, who could be as cold and monstrous as the next superstar when things didn't go just as he wanted. Mercury desperately needed proper friends - ones who could tell him when he was being too much of a princess. By his own account Hince did that when he needed to. What comes across in bold in this humorous and rollicking story is the hard-bitten roadie's love for the complicated and ultimately lonely man who acted towards him like a kind of rascally uncle. Rarely does a roadie write a book - far more rarely one that gets this close and personal.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Read!, 25 Feb 2012
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
I must admit, Peter Hince's book was not what I was expecting. It was much much better!

If I had properly read the description of 'Queen Unseen' on the inner jacket, I would have seen that it is very much the story of Hince's journey as Queen's head roadie.
I had assumed ("never assume" will be my motto from now on) that this would probably be another rehashing, repackaging of the usual Queen stories in another guise.

But thankfully, it's not. It is new, fresh and funny stories about what went on behind all the Queen glam and glitz that we all saw in the newspapers and on stage and on TV.
And this is because Peter Hince, an ordinary bloke just like us, found himself in the most extraordinary position... head of the road crew of this amazing band, just as they were about to conquer the world!

No other writer could be so well positioned to observe, record and describe everything from the pre show preparations, the band's nerves, the near calamities, the triumphs, fears, drugs and sex. No journalist could have written this book because no amount of research they did could rival Hince's 10 year total immersion in the world of Fred, Brian, John and Roger. He was there as they went from zero to stratospheric. He was there when they began taking on the world. And he was also taking photographs!
These photos alone allow us fantastic sneak peeks backstage, into the studio, the green room...
Peter was a trusted 5th member of the band in many ways and the intimacy of his stories and photos reflect this.

You can tell that Hince has great gratitude for his time with the band and great affection for Fred, despite Fred being 'a difficult sod' sometimes.
Although he tells new and revealing stories about the band and their travels, he never resorts to sleaze.
Don't buy this book if you want a tabloid expose... it's far classier than that. It's a romp of a read and the stories are very very well told, with great humour.
And great insight - rather than commenting on the character of a particular band member or a particular situation, Hince simply tells us the whole story, from his unique perspective, warts, jewels and all, and leaves us to draw our own conclusions. And this kept me turning the pages like a thirsty man in the desert! I was walking around London streets with the book, bumping into lamp posts, because I HAD to know what happened next!
Hince's jaunty prose made me feel as though I was there with him as he finally got to America with Queen, to France, Japan, Germany... All the way to that Live Aid concert.

But it's not just Queen that we meet. Hince was moving, with Queen, in an extraordinary world... there's lots of familiar names here - the Pistols, Bowie, Daltrey, Geldof...
As Hince says: 'The opportunity to listen to music for free and to meet girls were why I entered the music business and not the world of insurance'! And some of the stories about the girls, the drugs and the frighteningly convincing transvestites are hilarious.
In a way it's a travelogue. In a way it's an autobiography. And in a way it's a rather comedic rock and roll diary.

All in all, I can't recommend this book highly enough. For fans of Queen, for fans of rock and roll or for anyone who just likes a good story well told. It's a cracking read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the real life, this is not fantasy., 28 Aug 2014
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
A good read if you are a die hard Queen fan.

Peter (Ratty) would have been know to many Queen fans though appearing in band candid photos, appearing in liner note thank yous etc. in addition to being on and around the stage on tours. He is a pretty easy chap to identify. He was a roadie NOT AN AUTHOR so anyone expecting Jeffrey Archer or Dan Brown style drama should have thought twice before reading.

The book gives a good insight into live around such a famous band. It shows the glamour and the lack of it for those outside the band. It shows how the freindship between the band and their trusted employees has its dividing lines and limits and how the sex drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle is not always whats its cracked up to be (excuse the pun).

Its admirable that Peter has written an insightful book without falling into the easy trap of spilling the beans on the band in tabloid fashion while at the same time helping to colour life with the band in realistic brushstrokes that make a nice change from the huge amount of books that tell us the same old stories of how great Queen were.

Nice read Peter, this is staying on my bookshelf with all the other Queen collectables. The fans appreciated your hard work too.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Unseen - Peter Hince: a fantastic read., 4 Oct 2011
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
Wow. This was worth the wait!
This book is one of the best damn books about rock & roll and touring, ever.
In fact it is THE best book about the band Queen, written from inside the QProds organization and covering 12 years of triumphs and glory. The lows and mistakes are covered too and are recounted honestly yet not dwelt upon long - too much fun to be had really.
It is packed full of stories: fresh, new and untold tales of band and crew, life on the road and in the studio. The humour, derived from the serious business of touring, (long hours, hard work, set backs and occasional frustrations), comes across immediately: the (very) funny irreverent banter between crew and band, served the purpose of keeping everyone going and upbeat, sometimes in the face of adversity. In the territory of rock and roll, it's an honest account of crew and band lifestyle, without being tabloid in any way. No sleazy revelations here.
Peter Hince's new book is a well-constructed, interesting and highly engaging read - a definite must have. His style is effortless, and it's a joy to read. I actually couldn't put it down and read it one long go, bursting out laughing at regular intervals. The opening chapter - inspired, which I won't spoil for you - sets the book up for intrepid band and crew forays into different worldwide territories, cultures and experiences. The chapter on Japan was particularly entertaining! The book is a journey and one that you feel included in.

It's accurate: this is what it was really like to work with the greatest rock band of the 20th century.

It's also brilliant. Go and buy it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Unseen - Peter Hince: Superb!, 13 Feb 2012
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
What a great book!
I've been a fan of Queen since they first came along and this book took me back to my youth.
Great little stories of behind the scenes...sex, drugs, rock and roll, ups and downs...tears and laughter.
From the roadie (known to Queen and the fans as Ratty) in one of the most responsible positions in rock music......looking after Freddie (and John!)
The behind the scenes look at life in the studio, at home and on the road........even the behind the scenes of behind the scenes....the roadies life.
Well worth a read but more importantly how much of an effect Queen had on everyone.
Buy it, read it.....you won't be disappointed.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Unseen - A great read, 8 Feb 2012
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
Peter Hince's book is a fascinating insight into the world of rock and roll and the huge effort required behind the scenes to put on a show. With his very readable and informative writing style Peter gives us a great introduction to the exciting lifestyle of a roadie supporting a huge rock band.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential buy for Queen fans, 29 Jan 2012
This is definitely one of the most entertaining Rock Books I've ever read. Avoiding the normal boring end bit (that's where I normally give up on most Rock biogs) by not running chronologically, this book offers a real insight into the nitty gritty background life of Queen on and off the road. The affection for Freddie (Peter is his personal roadie) and the other members comes across in spades and given the authors privileged position the experiences shared here will be essential for any Queen fan whether obsessive or casual. Thoroughly enjoyable and really easy to read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does What It Says On The Tin, 29 Dec 2011
This review is from: Queen Unseen (Hardcover)
For a book of this type you really want to know which approach it's taking. In this case, as a roadie, Ratty (Peter Hince) is able to talk about what it's like being on the road with Queen. He conflates incidents from a number of tours - which works well and allows him to cover more than enough ground to make it interesting. What he DOESN'T do is delve into Freddie's illness and death. He also doesn't try to talk about anything he doesn't have direct experience of. So there's no "over-reaching" in what he tries to cover. I also liked the photographs, a few of which were new to me. As a fan for 37 years I found this a most satisfying read. Any Queen fan would enjoy it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 28 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews