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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451663951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451663952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mercury goes beyond the glittering façade to get an unvarnished look at Queen’s rise to fame, the loves of Mercury’s life and his fraught relationship with his conservative past, creating a complete portrait of this magnetic musician.” --MetroSource

About the Author

Lesley-Ann Jones is an award-winning music journalist and author. She toured with Queen and has unrivalled access to the band. She lives in London.

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The book is written very well and is easy to read.
Lloyd Landry
So far what a facinating insite into Freddie Mercury's life, many loves and music with Queen.
Trisha Morriston
And now I think I will put this book aside and move onto something else.
Swissmiss

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MoVwatcher20 on July 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I will say it right now: this book is not perfect, far from it. However, for Jones (arguably the least-acquainted biographer of the late Mr. Mercury)to pull together a book as solid in its facts and unprejudiced in its content is a true accomplishment to which even the harshest of critics would have to tip their hats. I am familiar with the other biographies of Freddie, and while they certainly contain various degrees of accuracy, Jim Hutton and Peter Freestone were not writers by profession (also, some of the details in the formers' publication were a bit too graphic for me-meaning no disrespect) and therefore, to get to sit down and read the work of someone who not only had an ongoing professional relationship with Freddie Mercury, but whose job it is to document the lives of musicians, is very refreshing. I am not through the book yet, but far enough to have a solid idea of how the writer wants to come across as a biographer; which is to not bash the reader over the head with sentimentality or shove meaningless details down their throat just to prove they did their homework. Jones is not out to gain familiarity for herself nor fame. She does not want to reap benefits or brag about her personal relationship with the great musician. She is quite simply telling the story of one of the worlds' greatest musicians (dead or alive) in the most unbiased, most straightforward way possible. Jones serves to tell the events as they were, how they were, and why they were without jumping to conclusions or trying to establish all information as concrete. I admired her approach very much, the book is written well and at no time did it lose or bore me. I am dying to finish it and I have a feeling I will read it again.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norris on August 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reading this biography it's evident the author had little or no interaction with her subject but still manages to capture him. While books by "confidants" Peter Freestone and Jim Hutton are full of anecdotes (including some jaw-droppingly disrespectful ones), Lesley Ann-Jones is removed enough to see the totality of Freddie Mercury, a man of extremes who seemed destined for a short but remarkable life. He was highly intelligent but not an intellectual, guided by impulses and addictions as well as an unstoppable work ethic. Jones's writing is tangential but in a good way; she's researched not only Mercury but those around him, including studio executives and producers, and she gives specific names of restaurants and bars Freddie would frequent in cities around the world, which allows the reader to do his own research on Google.

This book also highlighted the extent to which the man transformed himself -- out of young Fahrook Bulsara from a provincial Persian upbringing -- to something completely out of his imagination: Freddie Mercury. Mercury was totally into creating an illusion. He was arrogant and cavalier. But that awkward, effeminate Parsee with the big teeth and the shy laugh was still seen in not-so-infrequent glimpses.

On one hand you could write a biography specifically about Freddie's music, and then a separate biography about his sexual exploits, and perhaps they would appeal to two entirely disparate groups of readers. Unlike previous Mercury biographies, this one balances both facets nicely.

Jones quotes a lot of Freddie's acquaintances as is not afraid to contrast contradictory observations. Just as with any other human being, Freddie was seen differently by different people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcella on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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, but there are other voices that chime in for various interviews by various people. I liked this aspect of listening to a biography on audio. I think it broke up what could have been a potentially tiresome reading of another person's life. Not that Freddie Mercury's life was boring at all, just someone reading the details of his life might be tiresome.
The title of this book indicates that it holds several intimate details of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer in Queen. Before I 'read' this book, I knew a few things about Mercury, and the life he led. After reading this book I think only a few people really knew the real Freddie. The books begins in Freddie Mercury's childhood. Jones spends a brief time in this area of his life before going on to the years when he met fellow band members and forming their band, Queen. Freddie was a larger-than-life personality on stage, and a brilliant musician. Off the stage, he was a more private person. He led the extraordinary life of a rock star. He worked with some of rock's greatest performers such as Michael Jackson, Elton John, and David Bowie. The book travels through these professional years with a closer look at Freddie's personal life. It takes you through to the end of his life, when he died from AIDS.
I enjoyed listening to this book and the different accounts taken from the people in his life. I think there is a side to Freddie that he only revealed to a few people. While this book goes into detail about Freddie's life, I don't think it paints a completely accurate picture of who Freddie Mercury really was. Freddie Mercury was and still is an enigma.
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