Is This The Real Life by Mark Blake in Paperback


To be released in paperback 7 September 2011 - Pre-order

Is This the Real Life? 

The Inside Story of QUEEN - Mark Blake

 - Paperback edition released to mark the 40th anniversary of the band (and the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death)

 - The first full-length, comprehensive history

 - Features over 100 revealing interviews, many with those who have never spoken before

 - Queen has a huge and devoted fanbase

‘Genuinely adds to fund of knowledge about this truly unique band.’ Record Collector

‘Painstakingly thorough and well researched.’ Classic Rock

‘Presents the whole, splendid saga…sparkling anecdotes throughout.’ Mojo

‘Impressively detailed.’ Evening Standard

Despite the death of their exuberant frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991, Queen remain one of the most popular bands on the planet, with 300 million global album sales and a musical stage show that has been seen in nearly 20 cities around the world. Their musical history is one of constant reinvention – from heavy metal and progressive rock to funk, pop and stadium anthems

Now, Mark Blake, author of Aurum’s bestselling Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story Of Pink Floyd, has written Queen’s definitive history. Having already interviewed the surviving band members during the past 12 years, he has conducted almost 100 new interviews with producers, musicians, ex-managers, Queen’s first long-forgotten bass players and Freddie Mercury’s earliest schoolfriends in Zanzibar, India and England. Between them, they help trace Queen’s lengthy career from their earliest performances at London’s Imperial College, through to their show-stopping appearance at Live Aid, to their 21st century collaboration with vocalist Paul Rodgers.

Full of fascinating new revelations, eyewitness stories and insights, this is the book every Queen fan will want to own.

Mark Blake is a former assistant editor of Q and long-time contributor to Mojo magazine. For more information, please visit

The paperback edition of ‘Is This the Real Life?’ is published on 

Released: 7th September 2011


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