An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

Book - 2012
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This rock biography is a revelaing, intimate look at the man who would be Queen. The lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury's unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering facade. Now, more than twenty years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock 'n roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, the author, a rock journalist offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes. She gained unprecedented access to Mercury's tribe, and she details Queen's slow but steady rise to fame and Mercury's descent into dangerous, pleasure-seeking excesses. This was, after all, a man who once declared, "Darling, I'm doing everything with everyone." In her journey to understand Mercury, she traveled to London, Zanzibar, and India, talking with everyone from Mercury's closest friends to the sound engineer at Band Aid (who was responsible for making Queen even louder than the other bands) to second cousins halfway around the world. In the process, an intimate and complicated portrait emerges. It offers an unvarnished look at the extreme highs and lows of life in the fast lane. At the heart of this story is a man and the music he loved.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451663952
Branch Call Number: Biography B Mer


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ehbooklover Jan 11, 2014

An interesting and enlightening read despite the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s disjointed writing style or the fact the that she included very personal details of Freddie's last moments that I felt should have been left out.

Jul 28, 2012

An interesting but by no means intimate account of the life of the prolific singer songwriter. The author 'bonded' with Mercury by offering a pack of cigarettes and an unbiased ear. The closeness of Mercury and Mary Austin is denigrated in favor of a sometime female acquaintance; while Austin remained by Mercury's side from the beginnings of Queen to his untimely death in 1991. Good investigative work into his early life but by no means to be taken as an insider's view.


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