Title: Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury
Author(s): Lesley-Ann Jones
No. of pages: 384
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction, Music, LGBTQ
Publication date: January 1st 1998
Date read: January 22nd 2019
Meticulously researched, sympathetic and unsensational, this book focuses on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame.
Ever since I saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time in cinema, I’ve called myself a Queen fan. Yes, I was one of those who really began to listen to Queen’s songs after seeing the movie. Before that I also listened to their music occasionally. I found the movie – Freddie’s story – to be so inspiring that I couldn’t get it out of my head afterwards. It’s still on my mind very often and I can’t wait for the DVD to arrive!
Like I said, I found Freddie’s story a very inspiring one and I wanted to know everything about it. The thing I found the most inspiring in the movie was that Freddie simply did what he was passionated about and didn’t let anyone get in his way. I could definitely use some, maybe better not all of it, of that ambition! Besides that I think Freddie was a really special person and very loving to those who mattered to him.
This, and more, was all captured in this biography written by Lesley-Ann Jones. Just like the movie, it showed the good, but also the bad. It didn’t put Freddie on a pedestal only because he was so great and perfect. Of course, Freddie wasn’t perfect, but his imperfections were also what made him such a great performer and loved by so many.
If you’re a Queen fan, but even if you’re not, this biography is a must-read. It not only tells of Freddie, but also of the band Queen, its rising and the time it all took place.