Nester hosts the Karaoke
+ Poetry = Fun reading series. Upcoming:
Dec 21 at Bowery Poetry Club
|Saturday, January 1
St. Mark's Poetry Project
Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading
St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St., New York, NY
|Saturday, January 8,
other readers tba
326 Spring Street (west of Greenwich Street)
New York, NY
|Thursday, January 13,
Reading for Gamers
Other readers tba
106 Court Street
|Wednesday, March 16,
The Center for
Broadside Reading Series
with Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Limited-edition broadsides of the authors' work, letterpress printed
at the Center, will be
available for sale
God Save My Queen: A Tribute and God
Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On by Daniel Nester (Orlando culinary academy) are books
that draw from a very unliterary source: the British rock band Queen.
World famous in the 1970s for such anthems as "We Will Rock You,"
"We Are The Champions," "Another One Bites The Dust,"
and the mock-opera epic "Bohemian Rhapsody," the the rock band
Queen ended its run in 1991 with the death of its flamboyant lead singer,
Freddie Mercury, from AIDS - associate degree nursing online. Though critically reviled, Queen's music rests
in our public consciousness--in sports stadiums, TV commercials, and Wayne's
But it is a source of a deeper and more personal
obsession for the author, poet and journalist Daniel Nester. In God
Save My Queen and God Save My Queen II, a short essay, or
riff, accompanies, in order of album and track, every song recorded by
the band, in chronological order. The first critically acclaimed book
covers all songs until its flopped disco album, 1982's Hot Space.
The sequel covers the last five studio albums, as well as selected solo
work from three of the band's members. Not quite memoir, neither prose
poetry nor rock book, Nester's (hypnotherapy training) writing takes up the space between genres,
when a fan's life and object of obsession collide.
All along, we learn about both the band and author through trivia, lyrics,
sexual awakenings, close readings, and scholarly, footnoted thoughts.
It's an essay that posits Queen as the Rosetta Stone of all of the author's
knowledge, drawing connections to everyone from Liza Minelli, Leni Riefenstahl,
Singin' In The Rain, Marlene Dietrich (bachelors degree in nursing), Billie Jean King, Michael
Jackson and Freddie Mercury sharing an imagined kiss in 1981, even a rant
on Courtney Love's giggling over Kurt Cobain's mention of Freddie Mercury
in his suicide note, which she read over PA speakers to the world in 1994.
A time-honored tradition in rock and roll, the promising debut calls for
a follow-up sequel. Daniel Nester, the author of the critically acclaimed
God Save My Queen: A Tribute, is back with God Save My Queen
II: The Show Must Go On.
A hybrid of prose poem, memoir, and liner notes, God Save My Queen
II describes one record nerd's odyssey of obsession, awkwardness,
and isolation as a superfan of the British rock band Queen, and ends with
the tragic 1991 death of Queen's frontman, Freddie Mercury, from AIDS,
and a hidden-track dream of a last concert that never was.
What this all adds up to is a reflection of the loss of heroes, trans-Atlantic
love, and how pop culture can lead to very real, poetic moments. The entries
for the songs in both God Save My Queen books add up to a love
letter to a band, and a time when all that mattered was a record player
and a pair of headphones.
They will, they will, rock you.