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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 faÇade.
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.
“A must-read for any Mercury, Queen, or rock fan…a truly intimate portrait” (Hollywood Reporter).
As the frontman and lead vocalist for the iconic band Queen, Freddie Mercury is often recognized for his unmatched songwriting skills and flamboyant showmanship. But despite his worldwide fame, few people really know the man behind the glittering façade.
Now, more than twenty years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up. Author and rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones delves deep into Mercury’s decadent and promiscuous life after spending years interviewing the flamboyant star and his inner circle of family members, band mates, long-term lovers, close friends, and music industry insiders. What emerges is an intimate and complicated portrait of this rock ’n’ roll legend, providing new insight on topics such as Mercury’s relationship with long-time girlfriend Mary Austin, his dangerous, pleasure-seeking excesses, and Queen’s slow but steady rise to fame.
Sympathetic yet not sensational and based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury is the definitive account of Freddie Mercury’s legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes.
About the Author
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.