October 1, 2012


Mercury:  An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
author:  Lesley-Ann Jones
publisher:  Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster
source:  publisher

Confession,  I had never heard of Queen or Freddie Mercury until I received this biography for review.   So I opened the cover without any pre-conceived notions about Mercury.   I was surprised to find out he died more than twenty years ago.

The author, Jones,  toured with Queen, and interviewed hundreds of people.  Therefore, she has insight into Mercury in the band.  She does a great job telling about Farrokh Bulsara's childhood.  Freddie was born in Zanzibar, and was sent to India for boarding school around the age of nine.  It broke my heart to see how rarely he saw his family -- only once a year.

For such a shy person,  Mercury had many loves and lovers.   He knew how to throw wild parties as shown in photographs.   He was one of the first rock stars to die of Aids.      I enjoyed reading the biography and learning about such a flamboyant, yet shy, character.

At the closing ceremony of the Olympics, Mercury made a digital appearance!  This goes to show how well known he is. even decades after his death.   A movie based on Mercury starring Sacha Baron Cohen is in the works.  Because of the biography written by Jones, I am eager to see the movie when it comes out.

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