Creative Loafing Blog, 2/24/11
“Return to those thrilling days of rock ‘n’ roll yesteryear with Blake’s engrossing chronicle of talent and excess. It’s another one of those books that inhales you…Thought it’s over 400 pages, it’s the kind of book you’ll rip through in a day. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read.”
Onion, AV Club, 4/7/11
“Mark Blake clearly knows the British-rock-supergroup terrain.”
“If you're a Queen fan, don't hesitate to pick this one up…[and] if you have even a passing interest in the story you should give this a shot. You really won't be disappointed.”
Houston Press, 4/15/11
“The most comprehensive bio to date about the over-the-top rockers…Blake's book effectively illuminates the band's story and music for both the casual fan and diehards.”
“Is This The Real Life?
uses interviews with the people who knew the band best to piece together a Behind the Music-
style biography. It’s extensive and detailed…It’s a worthy read.”
Under the Radar, Spring 2011
“A happy medium between fact and anecdote. Real Life rounds out the band’s history with plenty of ripe minutiae and lost details…[A] colorful account.”
Northwest Indiana Times, 7/31/11
“Reveals complexities in the lives of guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon individually and amongst each other.”
About the Author
Mark Blake is the author of Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd and a longtime contributor to Mojo. He lives in London with his wife and son.