That book by Mark Blake got a fairly decent review. I've still not gotten very far, but I'm loving what I've read so far!
I think my favorite part of the review:
Is This The Real Life is recommended for serious Queen fans, people interested in the machinations of the music industry at the highest level, and anyone discovering the band's music for the first time.If you happen to be one of THOSE daring souls, you're in for an amazing, gripping, rude and sometimes ridiculous journey.
Queen is dead.
Long live Queen.
So which one is it? Do you want Queen to live, or should they officially disband because Freddie died? Well? WELL?!
I'm pretty sure if Brian and Roger did call it quits after the release of No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young), people would be whining that they've not done anything when they very easily could. "They could get a bass player and lead vocalist! I'd love to see them on stage again!" etc.
And yeah, Queen + Paul Rodgers was different. Different, however, doesn't necessarily mean worse.
Speaking of, there's a thread on Queenzone pitting Freddie against Michael Jackson.
As I clarified in my response, I'm not what anyone would consider a Michael Jackson fan, but I appreciate his music and the influence he's had on his fans. I love Freddie dearly, but I don't think Freddie's made a crowd lose their shit just by snapping his fingers.
And as it turns out, the News section of the site where I had replied didn't show that the thread was started with a link so my comment, while I still stand by it, was grossly misdirected.