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Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the globe, and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn't have to imagine. For more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as the head of their road crew. 

In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band. He was with Freddie when he composed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"; he was responsible for making sure that Freddie's stage performances went without a hitch. He was often there to witness his famed tantrums and was also party to the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that are invariably part of life on the road with a band. This inside look at Queen and Freddie Mercury shows the real-life ups and downs of one of the most famed bands of all time and is a must-listen for any music fan.

©2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Loved it!

After reading some of the reviews I got worried that there wouldn’t be enough Queen in this book. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the information shared in this story is not only full of Queen anecdotes that we might have heard in the past but also plenty of new stories and details we have never heard.
This isn’t a Queen documentary. This is a window into the world of a rock n roll band’s crew. Being a musician myself (at one point in my life) I found it fascinating! I felt like I was there. Like I was part of the crew. Another roadie walking backstage. I could almost smell the cigarette smoke and dirty clothes. I highly enjoyed this book and I will revisit it again soon.

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Queen Unseen by Peter Hince

An absolutely honest portrayal of the rock band, Queen seldom seen or covered by any other book. Roadie “Ratty” Peter Hince’s behind the scenes of the Queen machine is very informative making this book very unique!

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Still missing Freddie

I loved the parts about Freddie and the band, that is what I was mostly interested in. Some of the shenanigans about being on the road, well not exactly literature.

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Writing rambling but performance perfection

The author self professes at the beginning of the book that it is more a collection of events, not in chronological order. Even though forewarned, it didn’t stop me from drifting off during the recounting of the countless escapades, as the pursuit of the “drugs, sex and rock n roll” never wanes.
During some sections, the unique perspective and reflection on events helps scratch the itch of living vicariously through the eyes of a Queen roadie.
I did enjoy the performance by the narrator, and thought he was one of the more entertaining ones to have come across.

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Essential for a fan of Queen

Bravo Peter! Thank you for sharing your story. The detail, humor and endless anecdotes give a wonderful account of your years with this extraordinary band. Highly recommended!

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Great Read

Books that give an insight to Queen, are few. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author, Peter Hince, does a great job of telling his story, and for me personally, I almost feel as if I was there, witnessing history as it happened. That's the magic of books, I suppose. If you're looking for a book that gives you a great deal of insight into Freddie's life, this book isn't there one for you. This particular book is more about the life of Freddie's roadie, Peter Hince. However, Peter writes a good deal about his friendship, working relationship, and personal experiences with Freddie. It does go into great detail about the professional, and personal life of a roadie, and one who just happens to be a roadie for over of the biggest rock bands in history. If you're looking for a book that gives you a closer look at Freddie's personal life, then consider the one written by Jim Hutton, Freddie's longtime partner, titled "Mercury and Me." It doesn't get much more personal than that. I thoroughly enjoyed that book, and again, if you're looking to get an idea of who Freddie truly was, off stage, then that's the one for you. Again, I really enjoyed this book by Peter, and I believe that you will as well!

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Amazing Story!

I loved listening to this book. I learned so much about the band along with the work crew in detail. It was told so well that I felt at times I was actually there at those concerts. I would recommend this book to any Queen fan.

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From the stand point of his roadie

It is an entertaining book not what I expected but the perspective of life on the road with Queen from the roadies perspective was fun, interesting and entertaining. What it was not was it in-depth story of Freddy and Queen, but that’s OK it was fun.

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So much fun!

A fascinating and often hilarious look at what life was like as a "roadie" for Queen. There are lots of great personal anecdotes about Queen, individually and collectively, but it's the details of touring, and particularly the mind-boggling logistics involved in the production of their live show, that put this a cut above other Queen books I've read (and I've read quite a number since FINALLY seeing the film 'Bohemian Rhapsody' a couple of months ago). Kudos and thanks to Mr. Hince for sharing his story -- and to the narrator, whose talent lends another layer of enjoyment to this entertaining work.

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wonderful listen

wonderful story, at times it can get confusing following the timeline, but it's great tok hear from the perspective of someone within their group. espeically someonenwho worked with Freddie Mercury.

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