Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words

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Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words

Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words

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This new edition takes the previously pieced together words of Freddie Mercury from interviews and notes and adds to it new information and words that have emerged from the Queen archives. In 20 chapters, 194 pages and nearly 73,000 words—and 45 years in the making—Freddie covers it all, and then some! The story describes how on many occasions the group almost broke up, but was always kept together by their shared love of breaching musical boundaries. I think the concept on a whole was a cool idea: it’s all quotes from Freddie Mercury’s interviews but they’re spliced together to make a somewhat cohesive narrative. That being said, I really did enjoy just reading his words and thoughts brought out in such a manner.

Heck, even if you're not planning on reading this book the knowledge of Queen and their music is highly recommended. Although at times, some of the excerpts from interviews felt a bit redundant, you could get a sense of exactly what Freddie was feeling at the time he was speaking.Another thing I love is the constant name-dropping (cue fan-girling when Phil Collins is mentioned) and the direct references to songs (cue internal CD player). What Greg and Simon have done is meticulously put together quotes from Freddie throughout his career and shaped them into cohesive chapters, so the book reads almost like an autobiography. US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India and Australia. the way this is narrated, through interviews with Freddie himself over the years, are much more informative and truly shows how he was and what he thought about himself and his beloved Queen. I think this kind of memoir is much, much better than reading a whole "he was born xxx, he went to xxx school".

No le doy las cinco estrellas porque no sé cuán verídico es todo lo que "Freddie” nos cuenta en este libro. No hay habido éxito que se le compare a Rhapsody, es una obra maestra con tintes de ópera y rock pesado. If you want to read this because you're looking for details of his private life: you won't really find it.Se la cosa vi può consolare, io penso che ci siamo tuttə fattə un’idea di lui che, se siamo fortunatə, è un frammento della sua personalità: è stato uno di quei personaggi che entrano nelle nostre categorie mentali e si divertono a mettervi scompiglio. An essential read not just for fans of Queen and their iconic frontman, but anyone intrigued to know more about one of music’s most endearing and enduring performers. Even if it’s just half an hour of their lives, if I can make them feel lucky or make them feel good, or bring a smile to a sour face, that to me is worthwhile. I have become fascinated with Freddie Mercury since falling in love with the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I think the guys have done an excellent job of capturing Freddie's essence in this clever book: it's the closest any of us are going to get to the fascinating, mercurial man that he was.

So, what you need to know about this book is that it is not an autobiography in the usual sense of the world. More context and more concise topics may have made for an even more emotional and beautiful story of Freddie Mercury’s life. Molti spunti interessanti e un tuffo nella vita di un grandissimo artista, quindi non mi sento di dare meno di tre stelle, ma il tutto risulta poco leggibile. Ci troverete diverse contraddizioni e anche ripetizioni e lo chiuderete con la sensazione di non saperne poi tanto più di prima su chi fosse Freddie Mercury. So I did, having been a Queen band fan since they first came onto the scene very much in my early years and now at 72 years, i must admit that I did know that this book existed.It is true that sometimes it seemed contradictory since quotes are all over the place, one is from his beginning and other is from years later and of course he changed his mind but the essence is still there. The additional material has been drawn from sources not available or known to the authors at the time of compiling the original work, much of it never before published before and sourced from newly discovered interviews given by Mercury for magazine and newspaper articles that were ultimately not used, as well as from rare radio programmes or Queen Specials found on precious old cassette recordings and reel-to-reel tapes discovered within the Freddie archive. I think the concept and organization of this project warranted some more thought, but ultimately it was an interesting read. Mercury, who was a Parsi and grew up in India, has been referred to as "Britain's first Asian rock star. I also wished that the quotes had been credited; who they were spoken to and especially when they were said would have helped immensely to put things in perspective.



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