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Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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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.Read more ›
Hoping that this "outsider's view" would be an asset, I read the bulk of the book with interest and was pleased that the author used a roughly musically-cued format. Though I am a life-long Queen fan, I have shied away from the many books written up to this point. I figured two decades down the pike from Freddie's death, maybe this one would be mature. Up until the point of Freddie's death in the timeline, it fulfilled that expectation.
I feel that there is a great deal of value in public figures being open about their sexuality if they choose and, most importantly, that Mercury's death contributed a great deal toward the current climate of acceptance for those battling HIV/AIDS. The details of how those closest to him dealt with the reality of his illness and death could help those dealing with issues of sexuality and HIV/AIDS today. I can even wrap my head around how a calm statement on the speculation of who Mercury contracted HIV from might open a dialogue about the disease and put wild rumors to rest. So, well done there, I suppose.
However, I don't care if you're discussing a rock star or someone's Grandma, one deserves dignity in death.Read more ›
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Started reading the book, seemed well written, then my sister came over and asked if she could borrow it, so I haven't read it yet. Read morePublished 28 days ago by goldendoglover
It's fun to learn about the childhood and how he got to be everything he was.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my girl...She loves it..shes been wanting a Freddie Mercury bio to read and she even researched the best book and she liked this 1s reviews best.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was an interesting read about Freddie... and I was interested in some of her opinions... as in Jim Hutton's writing his book to get back at everyone for being shunned so badly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary Ann Yoder
Freddie Mercury was a remarkable musician and performers who faced personal demons. Author Jones traced his life and accomplishments as most fans do, through stories, articles, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jill Bemis
Very informative and compelling read! Brings Freddy back to life!Published 7 months ago by Kim Sepulveda