Freddie Mercury – Lesley-Ann Jones
FREDDIE MERCURY was the greatest rock front man of all time. He was also the most mysterious. While his musical genius and matchless creativity earned him the adoration of millions, few gained entry to his private world or got to know the man he feared he was.
In this outstanding biography, former rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones, who toured with Queen, mines mythology, rumour and gossip to reveal a shy and enchanting individual. From Freddie’s birth on Zanzibar and his school days in India to his family’s escape to London, Queen’s phenomenal success, and Mercury’s tragic death from AIDS, no stone is left unturned in the quest for truth.
Jones examines the strict Parsee upbringing which led to Mercury’s guilt-ridden adulthood, and the confused sexuality which resulted in profound attachments to both men and women. She explains how Freddie found consolation in song writing, expressing torment and elation in classic hits across the genres which resonate to this day. Jones also relives that pivotal period in the 1980s when Queen’s legendary Live Aid performance pitched them back into the frame at a time when the band had started to fragment.
Based on unprecedented access to key figures, including lovers, family, friends, industry executives, musicians, publicists, photographers and producers, this riveting biography is an accurate account, not only of how the world saw Freddie, but of how the East Africa-born boy turned legend saw himself. Compassionate and compelling, this is the most up-to-date portrait of one of music’s most complex and best loved figures.