Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
Revealing and intimate, based on more than 100 interviews with key figures in his life, this is the definitive biography of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, one of pop music’s best-loved and most complex figures.

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 fašade.

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.
 

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Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones is the first biography I've listened to on audio. I wasn't quite sure what to expect-performance wise. I was pleasantly surprised. Jane Collingwood is the main narrator ... Read full review

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I love Freddy Mercury and was excited to get my hands on this. It was a huge disappointment for me. I found it not well written with the author jumping all over the place. I enjoyed looking at the ... Read full review

Contents

Zanzibar
28
Panchgani
37
London
50
Queen
59
Front
69
Mary
83
Trident
95
Rhapsody
131
Barbara
206
Break Free
236
Live
255
Budapest
269
Garden Lodge
278
Barcelona
287
For the Road
296
Legend
306

Fame
148
Champions
158
Munich
171
Phoebe
179
South America
193
Discography
333
Index
339
19
351
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About the author (2012)

Lesley-Ann Jones is an award-winning music journalist and author. She toured with Queen and has unrivalled access to the surviving members of the band. She lives in London. Visit her at LesleyAnnJones.com.

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