Live Your Dream

Charlie Souza
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A Music Autobiography - Rock 'n' Roll Stories of The Tropics, Tom Petty, Mudcrutch, The Rascals, Gregg Allman, Cactus and many more music legends, friends and loved ones. Untold tales of tragedy and truth! A story of real musical roots! The life and times of Charlie Souza Book Endorsements: In 1965 The Tropics were the biggest band in Florida - simple as that. I watched them in awe! Their power was never truly captured on record, but a show beyond belief! No small part of that was bassist Charlie Souza. When my band in 1975 was looking for a bass player, as I was switching from bass to guitar, we asked Charlie to join and he did. I found him to be a great musician and a nice guy. I’m sure his book will be an interesting read for anyone looking for rock & roll adventure!" Tom Petty 2011. "He hits all the right notes. A great player, terrific singer and a gentleman as well! It's always a pleasure to share the stage with my friend, Charlie Souza." Dino Danelli - Rascals. "After I left Cactus, Charlie eventually became the bass player in the New Cactus Band. I came to know him as a good bass player and friend. I'm sure he has some great stories to tell!" Tim Bogert - Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, BBA Beck Bogert & Appice. "The thing I love about Charlie Souza's musicianship is that he comes from the heart - that coupled with his great understanding of what he plays makes for great music. You know, I bought my house from Charlie, and his good energy is in my wooden beams. That's why I sleep good at night!" Tim Hauser -Manhattan Transfer.
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Charlie Souza
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Published on
Sep 27, 2011
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Pages
260
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ISBN
9781618423276
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Language
English
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Genres
Music / Individual Composer & Musician
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An intimate memoir of the flamboyant Queen singer by the man who knew him best.

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From the famous names – including Elton John, Kenny Everett, Elizabeth Taylor and Rod Stewart – to the shadowy army of lovers, fixers and hangers-on, Peter Freestone saw them all play their part in the tragi-comedy that was Freddie Mercury’s life.
Freestone lived with Mercury in Europe and America for over a decade. From the East 50s apartment in New York to Kensington Lodge, the house in London where Mercury died – not to mention innumerable international hotel rooms and apartments in between – Freestone was always on hand to serve and protect the man he had first met in the Biba department store in the early 1970s. Then Queen was a largely unknown band. Soon it would be the most glitzy of glam rock bands. Freestone saw the fame arrive and with it the generosity, the excess, and the celebrity friends who came and went.
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Freestone’s bet-selling account of a talented and extravagant star’s life and death is compelling, entertaining and ultimately, very touching.
Illustrated with many photos from personal and Freestone’s own archives.
Press Reviews“An entertaining and thought provoking read” – PRS for Music Sales
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