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Publisher Description

A REVEALING, INTIMATE LOOK AT THE MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN

As 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 façade.

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, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man’s legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones 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, Jones 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. Meticulously researched, sympathetic yet not sensational, Mercury 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.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2012
July 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Touchstone
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
67.5
Mb

Customer Reviews

Dwyer222 ,

A good read about a legend

Some great quotes here from folks who knew the man, and decent writing with a consistent arc. A bit dry at times when focused on mere history and not in the least bit sensationalist so juice seekers will be slightly bored. Makes you wish she'd gotten more from the other band members. However for a Freddie fan, it's a great read.

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