An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the iconic rock band's late lead singer draws on insider access to trace his rise to fame, struggles with risky behavior, relationships with loved ones and death from AIDS complications. 60,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
“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 knew 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 and pleasure-seeking excesses, and Queen’s meteoric 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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451663969
Branch Call Number: Biography M539j
Characteristics: viii, 350 p., 32 p. of plates : ill., plates ; cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

ehbooklover Jan 11, 2014

An interesting and enlightening read despite the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s disjointed writing style or the fact the that she included very personal details of Freddie's last moments that I felt should have been left out.

Jul 28, 2012

An interesting but by no means intimate account of the life of the prolific singer songwriter. The author 'bonded' with Mercury by offering a pack of cigarettes and an unbiased ear. The closeness of Mercury and Mary Austin is denigrated in favor of a sometime female acquaintance; while Austin remained by Mercury's side from the beginnings of Queen to his untimely death in 1991. Good investigative work into his early life but by no means to be taken as an insider's view.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Northern Indiana Database Cluster

To Top