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Life on Two Legs (English Edition) von [Sheffield, Norman]
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Norman Sheffield, founder of Trident Studios, London and founding Manager of Queen, breaks his silence for the first time in forty years in an autobiography about what really went on behind closed doors.

Recording some of the biggest selling songs of all time such as "Hey Jude"-The Beatles, "Space Oddity"-David Bowie, "Candle in the Wind"-Elton John and many others, Trident was at the epicentre of the music industry's biggest names but it was one band in particular that caught the eye of the ex-drummer – a four piece unknown band called Smile. That band, under Sheffield's management, went on to become one of the biggest selling artists in the world – that band was Queen. It was a tumultuous relationship filled with twists, turns, trials and tribulations, scandal and rumour and one that ultimately led to an acrimonious split. Queen's volatile leader Freddie Mercury famously dedicating the opening track on their Night of the Opera album to Norman: Death on Two Legs.

With original unseen photography and copies of the original 1972 Queen Contracts– this book shines a light on a time that could never exist in today's society, a place in rock and roll history that - in Freddie Mercury's own words - was guaranteed to blow your mind.

Funny, fascinating and occasionally irreverent – and with a foreword by Sir Paul McCartney –this is an unmissable memoir that brings to vivid life some of rocks greatest characters.

The book also provides access to a exclusive music playlist for your PC or mobile device so you can listen to the music behind the story.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3822 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 283 Seiten
  • Verlag: Trident Publishing; Auflage: 1.0 (7. Juli 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DTW59AW
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen 4 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #394.245 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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I coincidentally started reading this book a week after watching a documentary about Queen on TV, where Trident were mentioned too.

It was so facinating reading about these "good old times" that I finished the book on a weekend. Excellent and deeply recommemded!

And finally I now know who Ozzy's Father-in-Law was!
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A good read for anyone interested in the goings on inside the music industry during the seventies. For a big fan of early Queen it was fascinating because of the new insights and because finally someone tells the other side of the story about their early years and their monetary problems. Who to believe, I can not say, but at least this book represents a not too bitter look back from the "corporate" party.
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Although I have been an avid music fan since the seventies and have read several books on the subject, these have mostly been about the front-line performers and their achievements. I always had the impression that the industry itself had a nasty side to it, and this book reinforces that.

The author and his brother created Trident Studios as a sort of antidote to the factory-like atmospheres then prevalent in the recording industry at the time. Success came quickly and, eventually, so did failure that ended the business within 15 years. In between, Trident Studios was very influential, blazing a trail that others followed.

Although the author understandably devotes a significant portion of the book to Queen, who might never have made the big-time otherwise, he has many other achievements to his credit. Trident were among the first to record a promotional video (to sell Bohemian rhapsody), after which nearly all singles were promoted that way. Personally, I've always thought the promotional video detracts from the music, because it gives an inferior record a chance to outsell a better record, but I accept that if Trident hadn't led the way, the industry would still have moved in that direction eventually.

The author explains how he nurtured Queen and used the profits from the main business to subsidize them. Just when Queen gained some momentum, they broke away from Trident. With some biographies, you can't be confident that the author is telling the truth, but in this case, there is the song to prove how badly Queen treated him - Death on two legs.

Another reviewer mentioned the picture quality.
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An enjoyable read from a unique perspective.
A grounded, authentic view of his experiences.
Including the joys and trials of managing Freddie Mercury...
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HASH(0x946658ac) von 5 Sternen Life on Two Legs 14. August 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I have been a 60's and 70's music nut forever so it was a joy to soak up Norman's insights and reflections. What a great little business he got rolling too - a good example of being one step ahead of the game, and working hard. Owning a few albums that were recorded at Trident added to the pleasure of the read. The chapters on when and how things came unstuck are interesting (Queen, overseas investments), and I felt I wanted to know more. The two other music bios I have read, Keith Richards and Bacharach, featured the unusual approach of including comment by certain key players in response to the author's take on things. I sort of wanted to hear, say Brian May's view, or those of the independant investors in Trident, just for balance. But I do warmly recommend this book to music crazies like me!
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HASH(0x94665900) von 5 Sternen A must read for the pop music enthusiast - plus a great personal story of Norman's journey 18. November 2013
Von mandy ives - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was a fantastic insight into the music industry during such an important time. A great walk down memory lane. Norman's story is so unique and well written and certainly gives the consumer a whole new perspective on how things really worked during those years. Being a huge Queen fan, it was very interesting to see how the band evolved and the "behind the scenes" work and money that went into their success. Definitely a great Christmas gift for the music enthusiast !
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HASH(0x94665bdc) von 5 Sternen VERY unique story... 21. September 2013
Von Brian Kehew - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very unique view of the Trident studio and their ways. Lots of great information never found in other books, and helps to balance the one-sided angry stories Queen have told all their lives (not unfounded, but Norman points out the extreme COSTS to do things for the band... they may not have known.) Great stuff on Bowie, Roy Thomas Baker, Ken Scott, many more big names from the studio's history. Great for fans of 60s 70s music!
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HASH(0x94665ad4) von 5 Sternen Depends on who you believe I guess.... 6. Februar 2016
Von Eddie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It was a good read and I guess it depends on who you believe in regards to Norm v. Queen. I just read "Queen Unseen". a behind the scence story by one of their main roadies. He clearly loved Freddie but did mention his diva behavior and I'm sure he was like that in the early days but I would also tend to think that Norm's perspective came across as him being on the defensive as to telling the story, I don't know, maybe because I'm biased. I did believe they were good businessmen but also shifted the blame on the failures to his Brother and greed. Hmmmm. I guess you'll have to read for yourself. It's only $5 to buy for Kindle so I'd say it was worth a five spot!
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HASH(0x94665cc0) von 5 Sternen The inside track on a great studio 12. Januar 2014
Von A M Bassett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Being a studio nut and fan of many of the artists who recorded at Trident, I bought this spontaneously, as soon as I discovered it existed! It is a hugely entertaining tale, with insights into several classic albums and songs. Personally, I could have done with a bit more on the birth of Ziggy Stardust but one can't have everything.
As the title suggests, Queen dominates the story after a while, largely because Trident invested a lot in them and lost a lot when they parted ways. Freddie sounds like a complete pain to deal with.
One star docked for an appalling lack of proofreading. The book is riddled with typos, misspelt names of famous bands and musicians, randomly inserted words and at least one glaring historical mistake - the tale of Mick Ronson taking an unscheduled solo on "Space Oddity." It was Mick Wayne. Bowie didn't meet Ronson till the following year. And, according to the discography, Brian Eno recorded Heat Treatment and Graham Parker & The Rumour did Discreet Music. Aside from such things as these (which hopefully will be corrected in the next edition), it's a cracking good read.
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