Life on Two Legs - The Explosive New Autobiography That Rewrites 70s Rock History

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Norman Sheffield, founder of the legendary Trident Studios and original manager of rock band Queen, has written his autobiography and with it breaks his silence for the first time in forty years about what really went on behind closed doors at Trident and his relationship with Queen and Freddie Mercury.

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With original unseen photography and 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's own words - was guaranteed to blow your mind.

Norman Sheffield, founder of the legendary Trident Studios and original manager of Queen, has written his autobiography and with it breaks his silence for the first time in forty years about what really went on behind closed doors with some of the world’s biggest artists.

Life on Two Legs offers a heart-rending personal account and factual insight into the highs, lows, controversy and splendour of that vintage rock ‘n’ roll era.

Recording some of the world's greatest artists of the time such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Genesis and Elton John, 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 from Enfield – a four piece unknown band called Smile. That band, under Sheffield's management, went on to become one of the biggest bands 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, with Queen's volatile leader Freddie Mercury famously dedicating a song to Norman; Death on Two Legs.

Sheffield reveals the journey of building the studios from its humble beginnings of a dark, decrepit Soho engraving works, into a legendary recording facility producing many of the biggest hit records in the world.

With original unseen photography and 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'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.

Life on Two Legs: Set the Record Straight is available in the from 2 July 2013 online from Amazon and all good book stores priced £24.95 in hardback and £14.95 in paperback editions. Hardback versions are available to pre-order at http://amzn.to/17Gs8Oe

eBook versions will be also available at launch for Amazon Kindle, priced at £7.49.

A multimedia version of the book including extra content, video interviews and a track play list will be available from the Apple iBook from August.

Exclusive content and a sample chapter is available on the Life on Two Legs FaceBook page http://facebook.com/lifeontwolegs

Norman Sheffield is available for interviews. For interview requests, further information or high-res images please contact Sarah Ollington on +44 (0) 7948 579 827 or email sarah(at)tridentpublishing(dot)co(dot)uk

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Note to Editors
Trident Studios was a British recording facility, originally located at 17 St Anne’s Court, Soho, London constructed in 1967 by Norman Sheffield, a drummer from the former 1960s group The Hunters and his brother Barry. It operated from 1968-1981.

The Sheffield brothers had a relaxed working attitude but also emphasized high standards of audio engineering. The studio's state-of-the-art recording equipment helped to attract many major artists to record their including The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Genesis, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Kiss, Lou Red, Peter Gabriel, Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Tina Turner and T Rex.

The Studio operated 24 hours a day and it was well known for artists to sit in or record on each other's records conducive to the atmosphere being very different from a traditional studio where engineers wore white coats and did things 'by the book'.

More information on Trident Studios can be found on the wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trident_Studios

A Playlist including some of the most famous tracks recorded at Trident is available to listen to on iTunes (http://bit.ly/YNS2YB) and Spotify (http://spoti.fi/ZeTX8x)

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