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Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

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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 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.

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 Touchstone A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.1230 Avenue of the AmericasNew York, NY 10020Copyright © 2011 by Lesley-Ann JonesOriginally published in Great Britain in 2011 by Hodder & StoughtonPublished by arrangement with Hodder & Stoughton All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portionsthereof in any form whatsoever. For information address Touchstone SubsidiaryRights Department, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.First Touchstone hardcover edition July 2012TOUCHSTONE and colophon are registered trademarks of Simon & Schuster, Inc.For information about special discounts for bulk purchases,please contact Simon & Schuster Special Salesat 1-866-506-1949 or business@simonandschuster.com.The Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau can bring authors to your live event.For more information or to book an event contact the Simon & Schuster SpeakersBureau at 866-248-3049 or visit our website at www.simonspeakers.com.Designed by Ruth Lee-MuiManufactured in the United States of America1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Jones, Lesley-Ann.Mercury : an intimate biography of Freddie Mercury /Lesley-Ann Jones.—1st Touchstone hardcover ed.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Mercury, Freddie. 2. Rock musicians—England—Biography. I. Title.ML420.M389J66 2012782.42166092—dc23[B] 2012017271ISBN 978-1-4516-6395-2ISBN 978-1-4516-6397-6 (ebook)Picture acknowledgments are on page 341.

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