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As the lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May is one of rock's most recognisable stars. Brian May: the definitive biography charts his life from his childhood, through his years studying astro physics and teaching, his success with Queen, his more recent projects and his volatile relationship with actress Anita Dobson. Bestselling writer Laura Jackson examines closely the many As the lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May is one of rock's most recognisable stars. Brian May: the definitive biography charts his life from his childhood, through his years studying astro physics and teaching, his success with Queen, his more recent projects and his volatile relationship with actress Anita Dobson. Bestselling writer Laura Jackson examines closely the many aspects of the musician's life revealing his true story for the first time. The book reveal's Queen's struggles to gain success and life at the top, throwing some of the most notorious and wildly salacious parties in the business. It charts the camaraderie and conflicts within Queen as well as Brian's difficult years throughout the disintegration of his first marriage, the death of his father and the profound professional and emotional effects of Freddie Mercury's illness and death. The book is packed with nearly 70 first-hand exclusive interviews with some of his closest friends, colleagues and fellow musicians. These include school and college friends, early band members and colleagues in the scientific world. Interviewees include, Tony Iommi, Joe Elliott, Raul Rodgers, Cliff Richard and Spike Edney.


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As the lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May is one of rock's most recognisable stars. Brian May: the definitive biography charts his life from his childhood, through his years studying astro physics and teaching, his success with Queen, his more recent projects and his volatile relationship with actress Anita Dobson. Bestselling writer Laura Jackson examines closely the many As the lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May is one of rock's most recognisable stars. Brian May: the definitive biography charts his life from his childhood, through his years studying astro physics and teaching, his success with Queen, his more recent projects and his volatile relationship with actress Anita Dobson. Bestselling writer Laura Jackson examines closely the many aspects of the musician's life revealing his true story for the first time. The book reveal's Queen's struggles to gain success and life at the top, throwing some of the most notorious and wildly salacious parties in the business. It charts the camaraderie and conflicts within Queen as well as Brian's difficult years throughout the disintegration of his first marriage, the death of his father and the profound professional and emotional effects of Freddie Mercury's illness and death. The book is packed with nearly 70 first-hand exclusive interviews with some of his closest friends, colleagues and fellow musicians. These include school and college friends, early band members and colleagues in the scientific world. Interviewees include, Tony Iommi, Joe Elliott, Raul Rodgers, Cliff Richard and Spike Edney.

30 review for Brian May: The Definitive Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pete daPixie

    Laura Jackson's 'Brian May:The Definitive Biography' is naturally, in the main the story of Queen. That was fine by me as I have been ignorant of the finer details. Nowhere in my music collection is there a copy of a Queen album. Never the less, I have always appreciated their single releases and as May is a fellow astronomer, there was the reason to borrow this book from the library. I felt that this biog was something betwixt and between. It lacked the personal depth to really expose either May Laura Jackson's 'Brian May:The Definitive Biography' is naturally, in the main the story of Queen. That was fine by me as I have been ignorant of the finer details. Nowhere in my music collection is there a copy of a Queen album. Never the less, I have always appreciated their single releases and as May is a fellow astronomer, there was the reason to borrow this book from the library. I felt that this biog was something betwixt and between. It lacked the personal depth to really expose either May or the band. It is well documented throughout. May's early life and education and Queen's formation and career, the albums, the tours. All the usual rock star chaos and mayhem, but without the drug excess. The focus is predominantly on May and Mercury, leaving the other band members as shadowy figures. Also, with Brian May being the kind of reticent personality that he is we don't get the full picture here as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Miller

    As a huge Queen and Brian May fan, I eagerly awaited this book. However, I found it to be so excruciatingly detailed about fairly technical matters that I did not actually finish it. Instead, I read chunks that seemed particularly interesting or new. Some readers may be interested in every recording transaction, every guitar and amp setup, and the names of anyone Brian May ever interacted with up through 2007 (publication date of this biography). If you are one of those, I definitely recommend t As a huge Queen and Brian May fan, I eagerly awaited this book. However, I found it to be so excruciatingly detailed about fairly technical matters that I did not actually finish it. Instead, I read chunks that seemed particularly interesting or new. Some readers may be interested in every recording transaction, every guitar and amp setup, and the names of anyone Brian May ever interacted with up through 2007 (publication date of this biography). If you are one of those, I definitely recommend this book! Even those who do not find every page fascinating may find enough new data here to make the book worthwhile. This is why I gave it only three stars, even though the topic is absolutely five star-worthy. A new post-2007 biography would be welcome, since Brian has been very active musically, scientifically, and on the humanitarian front right up to the present day. He is definitely an uber human being!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This was... okay. I would have said 3.5 stars if I could, but 4 seems high. It was unauthorized so it's a stretch to say this was a "Definitive" biography of Brian May. It was an fast easy read with a lot of information about Queen, but for the most part, the author focused far more on Queen as a whole and Freddie Mercury in particular. While Brian is clearly deeply intertwined with both of those, there were long sections where he was barely mentioned, if at all. Definitely read it, but don't exp This was... okay. I would have said 3.5 stars if I could, but 4 seems high. It was unauthorized so it's a stretch to say this was a "Definitive" biography of Brian May. It was an fast easy read with a lot of information about Queen, but for the most part, the author focused far more on Queen as a whole and Freddie Mercury in particular. While Brian is clearly deeply intertwined with both of those, there were long sections where he was barely mentioned, if at all. Definitely read it, but don't expect a deep tell-all. If you've read other books about Queen, there's not a lot new here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Could not put it down! From the beginning to the end I couldn't put it down. I always liked Brian, but now I love and respect him. Just wish the book continued a little further...it ended in 2008. Hope someday I can see Queen in concert. Could not put it down! From the beginning to the end I couldn't put it down. I always liked Brian, but now I love and respect him. Just wish the book continued a little further...it ended in 2008. Hope someday I can see Queen in concert.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Cervoni

    Very British Definitely written for a British audience. Also, a bit too focused on Freddie Mercury at times. Nonetheless, worthy reading for those interested in the details of Dr. May’s impressive life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    carol and Paul wilson

    One of the very best rock biography's I have read Great story of a great band, through all their many highs and lows, in a detailed but concise style. What a journey.... One of the very best rock biography's I have read Great story of a great band, through all their many highs and lows, in a detailed but concise style. What a journey....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crait

    Any book by or about Brian May is at least a four-star book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Blodgett

    It was more like a 3 star book because I felt it didn't really get into nitty gritty details of his life. But as it's about Brian May I can't give it anything less than 4 stars. It was more like a 3 star book because I felt it didn't really get into nitty gritty details of his life. But as it's about Brian May I can't give it anything less than 4 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter Hynes

    A Good Read for Queen Fans A bit out of date by 2020, still very enjoyable. So much focus is usually given to Freddie it made a change to see things from Brian’s perspective.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nils Montan

    Just OK. Pretty much just a straight litany of the events of Brian May's life without too much analysis. Just OK. Pretty much just a straight litany of the events of Brian May's life without too much analysis.

  11. 5 out of 5

    H Vassallo

    Extremely well written!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin Sinewitz

    It was interesting to learn a little more about Brian himself. I enjoyed reading the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    Už jsem to četla jednou, ale po koncertě jsem musela zas. Nedokážu bejt objektivní, protože cokoliv o Brianovi musí bejt skvělý. Je tam dost popsaná jeho kytara, z čehož jsem teda nerozuměla ani slovu, ale bylo to zajímavý. Celkově to bylo spíš o Queenech než o Brianovi, ale to se dalo čekat. Je tam i spousta zajímavostí a ,,zákulisních informací", což je fajn. Těžko říct, co všechno je pravda, ale podle doslovu kniha vznikla na základě rozhovorů s lidma, který se fakt okolo Queenů pohybovali do Už jsem to četla jednou, ale po koncertě jsem musela zas. Nedokážu bejt objektivní, protože cokoliv o Brianovi musí bejt skvělý. Je tam dost popsaná jeho kytara, z čehož jsem teda nerozuměla ani slovu, ale bylo to zajímavý. Celkově to bylo spíš o Queenech než o Brianovi, ale to se dalo čekat. Je tam i spousta zajímavostí a ,,zákulisních informací", což je fajn. Těžko říct, co všechno je pravda, ale podle doslovu kniha vznikla na základě rozhovorů s lidma, který se fakt okolo Queenů pohybovali dost blízko. Jenom je škoda, že všechno víceméně končí po smrti Freddieho a těch 23 let (1991-2004) je tam popsanejch na hrozně málo stránek, přitom se stalo fakt hodně zajímavejch věcí (Brian napsal Bang, hrál královně na střěše Buckinghamskýho paláce, měl vlastní turné, dali to dohromady s Paulem Rodgersem, dostat čestnej a pak i ,,pravej" doktorát, trpěl depresema atd), který by mě osobně zajímali víc než stokrát omílaný story z Wembley turné.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzi

    As a huge Queen fan I keep an eye out for any new books about them. Laura Jackson's 2007 bio of guitarist Brian May is subtitled "the definitive biography," but falls a little short. She did do new interviews with May's friends and colleagues, not relying solely on existing material, but I feel like there is more, much more, to be written about Queen's brainy eccentric guitarist. The photos in the middle of the book were ok, but offered really nothing new for fans. As a huge Queen fan I keep an eye out for any new books about them. Laura Jackson's 2007 bio of guitarist Brian May is subtitled "the definitive biography," but falls a little short. She did do new interviews with May's friends and colleagues, not relying solely on existing material, but I feel like there is more, much more, to be written about Queen's brainy eccentric guitarist. The photos in the middle of the book were ok, but offered really nothing new for fans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Staveley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

  17. 4 out of 5

    G.G.B

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ffalcone11

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gerry

  20. 5 out of 5

    RP

  21. 4 out of 5

    André Spiteri

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  23. 4 out of 5

    Todor Panchev

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julian Alexander Terris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elena Boychinova

  27. 5 out of 5

    tony connolly

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael Paul Gibson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tom Fleck

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