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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; First Edition edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887128271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887128278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I wonder what hardcore Queen fans will think of this ... I hope they like it as much as I did." -- The Pursuit of Happiness's Moe Berg, from a roundtable discussion in Bookninja with Peter Darbyshire and George Murray

"Nester's method considers a serious fan's bliss impeccably...vainglorious pomposity..." -- Ken Tucker, The New York Times Book Review

"[A] book that both transcends genre and includes enough true, sometimes painfully honest, emotion to touch any reader" -- Peter Conners, Double Room

"makes telling linkages ... The effect is not to exhaust his subject, but to increase its mystery and thereby its magic." -- Tom Nissley, The Stranger, Seattle

Nester's brilliant tour de force...wickedly exploits the romance of rock 'n' roll to explore...contemporary sexuality... -- David St. John, author of Study for the World's Body

There are so many great lines in this book...God Save My Queen will rock you. -- Amy Fusselman, author of The Pharmacist's Mate

This book is...an ambitious effort to find in music the rhythms of life itself. -- Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy

[GSMQ] is funny and sorrowful and strange...just like being young and alive was before we got old and alive. -- Sam Lipsyte, author of The Subject Steve and Venus Drive

About the Author

Daniel Nester is a poet, editor and teacher who lives in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in such journals as Open City, Nerve, Mississippi Review and The New York Press. He is the editor-in-chief of the online literary journal lapetitezine.org and contributing editor of Painted Bride Quarterly. He is a graduate of New York University's creative writing programme, where he was a teaching fellow, and has taught at NYU, Hofstra, Rutgers and Parsons School of Design.

More About the Author

Daniel Nester's newest book, Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects, will be published by 99: The Press in 2015. His most recent book, How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), was described as "a deeply funny new collection of booger-flecked nonfiction" in Time Out New York. He is editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2013). Nester's first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull, 2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Morning News, Gawker, The Daily Beast, and N+1, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Best Creative Nonfiction, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches creative nonfiction and poetry and is on the core faculty of their M.F.A. program in creative writing. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife, film and TV editor Maisie Weissman, and their two daughters.

Find more about him online at danielnester.com.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tyro on June 11, 2003
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Daniel Nester is an obsessed fan. Nothing strange there - lots of music books are written by fans. The difference is that Nester - also a New York poet - takes his fandom seriously; he considers it a suitable topic for poetry. And why not? Post-baby-boomers tend to define themselves by their cultural affiliations - whether you like the Smiths or System of a Down, pop taste articulates your personality, your stance towards the world. Nester's prose poems - one for every Queen song - go well beyond the traditional tribute. They explore the odd, obsessive mindset of the fan, the curious distance and closeness he feels towards his chosen object. The poems are madly associative in the Beat tradition but also toy with a pedantic scholarly bent, particularly in the hilarious footnotes. This bold work deserves to be read and discussed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L.J. Draznin on May 7, 2003
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I'm a Queen fan, so I went online to look for a few books about the band, and I found this. I'm not really into poetry, but this book rocked. There were a few times I laughed out loud when I was reading it. This guy is funny and sincere. I'm 30, and there was something about this book that reminded me of when I was 12 or 13 and first getting into music. It's more about being a weirdo teenager than anything else. I really liked it. Also, it's the size of a 45, which is cool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2003
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I believe that any music obsessive can always identify another. Just by casually glancing at this book I immediately recognized the author as a genuine fanatic. But the book isn't merely the ramblings of a Queen junkie (that would hardly be enough). It is a carefully crafted trip down the author's own memory lane with Queen as the singular, all-consuming soundtrack. The result is so infectious that I could hardly believe that I was anxious to read it again (rare for a book of poetry). It also made me anxious to revisit the Queen canon. A perfectly fitting tribute to a great (and sometimes underrated) band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2003
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I loved this book! These short pieces have an impressive breadth--the copious footnotes reference everything from a WWII era letter from the author's grandfather, to the guitarist Brian May's Phd thesis. Captures the singular obsession of fandom and the desire to write this peculiar catelogue of knowledge into one's own biography. A personal allegory for a media-driven consumer age. Not what I expected, but very cool indeed!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ron P. swegman on May 7, 2004
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I came of age (and to music) around the same time as the author. My band of choice was the Canadian art power trio RUSH. The band QUEEN was right up there, though, and I was as sad as any other fan to learn of the band's premature demise and lead singer Freddie Mercury's tragic death.
Daniel Nester writes clearly and well. He fuses a fan's energy with the full power and importance of QUEEN, both as a musical and pop culture phenomena. Each QUEEN song receives a careful treatment that combines the "everyfan" experience of the author with specific details of the song itself. This approach succeeds and has created a user's guide to QUEEN as well as a backstage pass to a collective generational memory. Read this book, and Dan Nester will indeed rock you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2003
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God Save My Queen is a sexy, sweaty, hardrocking party with Freddie, Brian, Roger and John. But maybe I'm biased. As I did--as so many of us did--Nester grew up listening to the greatest band of all time and in this unique book shares not only his memories and experiences but his genuine love for Queen. The "riffs" (as the jacket copy describes them) are short and catchy as riffs should be. They look a little like poems, but read like interior monologue sometimes, dialogue sometimes, free-association sometimes, nostalgic narrative sometimes. And there's enough rock-n-roll trivia in here to stump the Music Nerd. One of the coolest things about God Save My Queen, it that it is so refreshing to see a straight man (the dedication is to the love of Nester's life, a woman, so I'm extrapolating here) write with such candor, warmth and even doe-eyed crush-puppy love about the bucktoothed homosexual hero of his youth. Anybody who listened (or still listens!) to Queen will love this book. Actually, anybody who survived adolescence as a chunky, nerdy misfit is in for a genuine treat. I hope this weird little book brings Nester lots of success. Rock on!
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