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Brian May: The definitive biography by [Jackson, Laura]
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Laura Jackson is the queen of biographers. (DAILY EXPRESS)

When it comes to getting to the rich and famous, Laura Jackson is second to none. (SKY TV)

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A detailed portrait of one of rock's most recognisable stars.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405513721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405513722
  • ASIN: B005XBUHCW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very so-so biography of a man who deserves better. To be honest this is more or less a rehash of the authors earlier book on Queen- with a little more detail on Brian added. For the most part there are quotes from people who know the subject vaguely (Cliff Richard!) and very little insight from close friends or indeed from the man himself. As a fan of Brian May it's just about worth reading but it could have been so much better. Let's hope that Brian writes his autobiography one of these days.
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Format: Hardcover
I awaited the publication of this book with much interest, believing from its title that it was going to be a high-quality release. How wrong I was. How can a book that calls itself The Definitive Biography be less than 250 pages long in hardback form?

This book contains many errors, little in the way of new information and omits many relevant details of Brian's life and work. All the usual signposts of Queen's history are here; frankly anyone who's read any reasonable Queen biography could cobble that together. On a personal level, there's almost as much in here about Freddie as there is about Brian. This seems particularly pointless since there have been several books about Freddie and next to none about Brian. As someone who handled most of Queen's interviews and never refused to answer a question, you'd think that the material for a proper, full-length book would be available. After all, Brian has lived many years longer than Freddie did.

Interview segments are taken out of context and parts of interviews a decade apart are conjoined to bring the author's choice of narrative across.

As in common with many Queen biographies, it has considerable detail on Queen's early history, up to the release and success of Bohemian Rhapsody. The next ten years then pass in a handful of chapters and suddenly we're reading about Live Aid. Thus paying only lip service to what may actually be the most interesting personal period in Queen's history.

Laura Jackson also clearly knows nothing about guitars. Whilst this is entirely understandable, a bit more research could have made this a far more appealing book to the legions of wannabe rock guitarists who revere Brian.
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Format: Hardcover
One gets the feeling that this book has been written by large cut-and-pastes from a Queen biography. The middle section of the book deals almost exclusively with Queen with very little Brian-specific information. There is almost no discussion of the Red Special or how Brian achieves his distinctive sound, no discussion other than "he uses a sixpence" about Brian's unique guitar technique or writing style and everything after Freddie's death (some 17 or so years) is dealt with in two short chapters.

Put it this way, if you've heard the name Greg Fryer, or you know that Brian has been known to wears clogs then you shouldn't bother with this book, as you probably already know more than is contained within.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a complete repackaging of Queen The Definitive Biography, and no Brian May specific information, barring a page at the start and a few lines at the end, and to be fair Queen The Definitive Biography was so full of inaccuracies it made me laugh out loud, buy at your own peril.
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A very poor book that seems to simply use material from the public domain and then get some of that wrong. To call this book definitive is a joke. The author seems to specialise in churning out celebrity and rock star 'definitive' biographies. Far better books available if you are a Queen fan.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This was a badly written so-called Biography of the brilliant Brian May . It did not concentrate on Brian very much and was a poorly researched . Whole parts of his life were missing or glossed over and other people were featured much more than he was. Would not recommend
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Format: Paperback
It is hard to write a biography of a person who is a member of a group,especially a group such as Queen.It gave me an insight into the character and persona of Brian May,but not really much more.The book was made more difficult for two further reasons,one Freddie Mercury was a larger than life person,performer and singer,and secondly Queen appeared to be a very democratic group,no one person particularly dominated the group,and many of the decisions that influenced Queen were joint decisions,the great advantage that Brian May appeared to have,apart from his undoubted and his gifted musical ability,was that he appeared to have instant access to practice studio at Imperial College University of London.
I did enjoy the book, but life seemed to fall flat after the death of Freddie Mercury,and the disbanding of Queen,surely a biography should continue after the demise of one thng,nothing seems much to happem for the next twenty years or so to Brian May,I am sure that is not the case.
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Someone recently, on a thread of comments in response to a newspaper article about Brian May, referred to him as "a faded old rocker". I wish I could have lent this book to that uncharitable person! It is the story of a well-lived and rich life of a precious, wonderfully-gifted man, who is hugely talented, both musically and intellectually, compassionate, sensitive and kind, but with enough strength of character to be his own man. He doesn't walk on water, though, and the book contains enough clues to plenty of tragedy in his life, and the foibles and failings that make us all human. I found some parts of the book quite painful to read (the break up of his first marriage and other troubles), but I would highly recommend this book to Queen Addicts and Mayniacs alike.
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