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Mercury : an intimate biography of Freddie Mercury

Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Touchstone hardcover edView all editions and formats
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This rock biography is a revealing, intimate look at the man who would be Queen. The 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 facade. Now, more than twenty years after his death, those  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Freddie Mercury; Freddie Mercury
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lesley-Ann Jones
ISBN: 9781451663952 1451663951 9781451663976 1451663978 9781451663969 145166396X
OCLC Number: 759912877
Description: viii, 350 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Live aid --
Zanzibar --
Panchgani --
London --
Queen --
Front man --
Mary --
Trident --
EMI --
Dudes --
Rhapsody --
Fame --
Champions --
Munich --
Phoebe --
South America --
Barbara --
Jim --
Break free --
Live --
Budapest --
Garden Lodge --
Barcelona --
For the road --
Legend.
Responsibility: Lesley-Ann Jones.

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This rock biography is a revealing, intimate look at the man who would be Queen. The 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 facade. 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, the author, a rock journalist offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes. She 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, she 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. It 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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