Mercury

Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451663978
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Revealing and intimate, based on more than 100 interviews with key figures in his life, this is the definitive biography of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, one of pop music’s best-loved and most complex figures. 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.

Freddie Mercury

Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 3492974287
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"We Are the Champions", "I Want to Break Free", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You" oder "Another One Bites the Dust" - die großen Hits der Band Queen kennt jeder. Doch wie wurde aus dem 1946 in Sansibar geborenen Beamtensohn Farrokh Bulsara der schillernde Weltstar Freddie Mercury? Sein Privatleben hielt er stets weitestgehend aus der Öffentlichkeit heraus. Lesley-Ann Jones war als junge Rockjournalistin einige Jahre mit Queen auf Tour und ist seitdem eng mit der Band befreundet. Für dieses Buch bereiste sie alle wichtigen Stationen in Mercurys Leben und sprach mit seinen Weggefährten. Zahlreiche Fotos runden den Text ab. So entsteht ein sehr persönliches und intimes Porträt eines der größten Rockstars aller Zeiten. Queen verkauften insgesamt über 320 Millionen Tonträger, ihre Greatest Hits sind mit weltweit über 32 Millionen verkauften Exemplaren eines der erfolgreichsten Alben aller Zeiten. Freddie Mercury wird von seinen Fans auch 25 Jahre nach seinem Tod noch genauso geliebt und gefeiert wie zu Hochzeiten seiner Band. »Genau die Würdigung, die Mercury sich gewünscht hätte« The Spectator Lesley-Ann Jones war lange mit Queen auf Tour und sprach mit über 100 Weggefährten

Freddie Mercury An Intimate Biography

Author: David Bret
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1291811087
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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For over twenty years, Freddie Mercury reigned supreme as the frontman and leading light of one of the biggest, most exciting and best-selling bands in British musical history. From their debut in 1973 to the release of their final studio album in 1991, the year of Freddie's death, Queen charted forty-one Top 40 singles, including three Number Ones. Throughout this hugely successful time there was Freddie Mercury: extrovert, flamboyant, wowing each successive audience with his superb vocals and his unique showmanship. Based on exclusive interviews with his close friends, fellow musicians and lovers, best-selling author David Bret traces the spectacular life of this rock icon, from his obscure youth in a remote part of India to his final, courageous battle against AIDS the terrible disease that robbed the world of one of its greatest stars.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444733702
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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'Exactly the sort of tribute Mercury himself would have wanted' SPECTATOR 'No one has captured better than Lesley-Ann Jones the magical, enchanting dualism of Freddie Mercury' THE TIMES 'Truly definitive, truly Freddie, an energetic, entertaining and essential account' SIR TIM RICE 'This book grabs you with its opening, then builds. Insight and anecdote in perfect harmony' SIMON NAPIER-BELL 'At last a massive tribute to a massive talent' STEVE HARLEY, COCKNEY REBEL This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those who were closest to Freddie, from childhood to death, Lesley-Ann has written the most in depth account of one of music's best loved and most complex figures. Meticulously researched, sympathetic, unsensational, the book will focus on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame. In her journey to understand the man behind the legend, Lesley-Ann Jones has travelled from London to Zanzibar to India. Packed with exclusive interviews and told with the invaluable perspective that the twenty years since Mercury's death presents, Freddie Mercury is the most up to date portrait of a legendary man.

Freddie Mercury An Intimate Memoir by the Man who Knew Him Best

Author: Peter Freestone
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 0857121278
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An intimate memoir of the flamboyant Queen singer by the man who knew him best. Peter Freestone was Freddie Mercury’s Personal Assistant for the last 12 years of his life. He lived with Mercury in London, Munich and New York, and he was with him when he died. In this book, the most intimate account of Mercury’s life ever written, he reveals the truth behind the scandalous rumours, the outrageous lifestyle and Mercury’s relationships with men, women and the other members of Queen. From the famous names – including Elton John, Kenny Everett, Elizabeth Taylor and Rod Stewart – to the shadowy army of lovers, fixers and hangers-on, Peter Freestone saw them all play their part in the tragi-comedy that was Freddie Mercury’s life. Freestone lived with Mercury in Europe and America for over a decade. From the East 50s apartment in New York to Kensington Lodge, the house in London where Mercury died – not to mention innumerable international hotel rooms and apartments in between – Freestone was always on hand to serve and protect the man he had first met in the Biba department store in the early 1970s. Then Queen was a largely unknown band. Soon it would be the most glitzy of glam rock bands. Freestone saw the fame arrive and with it the generosity, the excess, and the celebrity friends who came and went. “I was chief cook and bottle washer, waiter, butler, valet, secretary, amanuensis, cleaner, baby-sitter… and agony aunt,” he writes. “I shopped for him both at supermarkets and art markets, I travelled the world with him, I was with him at the highs and came through the lows with him. I saw the creative juices flow and I also saw the frustration when life wasn’t going well. I acted as his bodyguard when needed and in the end, of course, I was one of his nurses.” Freestone’s bet-selling account of a talented and extravagant star’s life and death is compelling, entertaining and ultimately, very touching. Illustrated with many photos from personal and Freestone’s own archives. Press Reviews“An entertaining and thought provoking read” – PRS for Music Sales “This collection of Freddie’s own words is the closest thing there is to an autobiography of a man with no regrets. The foreword is written by his mother” – reFRESH magazine, Leading Gay mag in the UK

Love is the Cure

Author: Sir Elton John
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
ISBN: 3455850421
Format: PDF
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Das erste Buch von Poplegende Sir Elton John: über seine persönlichen Erfahrungen mit Aids und sein Engagement gegen die Epidemie: "1980, als die ersten Aidsfälle bekannt wurden, war ich drogenabhängig und führte ein selbstzerstörerisches Leben. Es ist ein wahres Wunder, dass ich mich nicht infizierte. In jenen Jahren verlor ich durch die Krankheit Dutzende von Freunden. In diesem Buch erzähle ich ihre und meine Geschichte. Das Immunschwächesyndrom zu bekämpfen wurde zur vordringlichsten Mission seines Lebens. "An Aids", schreibt Elton John, "ist nur eines rätselhaft: dass es diese Krankheit immer noch gibt, obwohl wir wissen, wie wir sie stoppen können." Seine Überzeugung nach 20 Jahren Einsatz gegen die Epidemie: "Wir kennen viele Mittel, der Ausbreitung des Virus Einhalt zu gebieten, doch wenn es darum geht, sie anzuwenden, stehen engstirnige Religionsführer und Politiker zuhauf im Weg. Von 34 Millionen HIV-Positiven haben nur 6 Millionen Zugang zu lebensrettender Medizin. Wir brauchen gute Forschung, aber genauso wichtig ist eine kollektive Anstrengung, die sozialen Barrieren niederzureißen und Brücken des Mitgefühls zu bauen."