God Save My Queen

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One of Britain's best-loved bands of all time, the creators of such national anthems as We Will Rock You , We Are The Champions , Another One Bites The Dust , and Bohemian Rhapsody , Queen has embedded itself into our national consciousness. True stars of the 1970s, Queen's popularity has only grown with time, with Bohemian Rhapsody recently voted the UK's best single of all time, and the West End's current production of We Will Rock You, written by Ben Elton and produced by Robert De Niro, drawing packed audiences night after night. So Daniel Nester is clearly not alone in his adoration of this seminal band. And yet this lyrical collection of essays - one for every song recorded by the band in chronological order, from the 1973 debut through to Hot Space, their 1982 flopped disco album - is truly a unique creation. Part memoir, part prose poetry, part rock book, Nester draws connections between everyone from Liza Minelli and Leni Riefenstahl to Billie Jean King, touching on Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury's shared kiss in 1981 and ranting about Courtney Love's giggling over Kurt Cobain's mention of Freddie Mercury in his suicide note. Together, the entries for each song add up to a love letter to a band and to a time when all that mattered was a record player and a pair of headphones.