Freddie Mercury: The Biography

Freddie Mercury: The Biography

Laura Jackson

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0749956089

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This fascinating biography of Freddie Mercury which received outstanding acclaim from Queen and rock fans worldwide, has now been updated for reissue to coincide with the release of the film about his life. Laura Jackson addresses topics including:
* The reality behind Queen's flamboyant front man and lead singer
* Mercury the star of mystery - amusing, loyal and generous, yet revealing a dark side to his personality
* His frequent use of cocaine and how it heightened his tendency to excess - both on and off stage
* The women in his life - his bizarrely enduring relationships with his first love, Mary Austin, and his long-time confidante, Barbara Valentin, who speaks for the first time in this book
The book also includes new and intimate stories by those who knew him well, such as Tim Rice, Richard Branson, Cliff Richard, Bruce Dickinson, Mike Moran, Wayne Eagling, Zandra Rhodes and Susannah York.

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penguin comforted by, 237 pets of 146, 149, 180, 186, 202, 203, 214, 223 piano lessons taken by 3 postage stamp featuring 258–9 posthumous award to 246 public persona of 1 Queen named by 36–8, 39, 41 Radio Ga Ga video and 168–9 real name of 2, 3, 39 religion and 2, 3, 224 self-motivational nature of 9, 29 sex drive of 114, 156 sexuality of 1, 6, 11, 13, 19, 24, 30, 37, 44, 45, 74, 88, 93, 114, 129, 142, 155, 159, 170, 183, 189, 210, 224 showmanship of 56, 140, 185, 190, 198, 227

114–16, 119, 186 This One’s On Me 125 Thomas, Chris 124 Thomas, Dave 65 Thriller 162 THT 244–5 ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ 122, 249 Tiffany (cat) 180, 186, 202 death of 223 Time (album) 198 Time (musical) 195, 199, 202, 205 ‘Time’ (single) 196 Tommy 43, 44 ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ 257–8 Top of the Pops (TOTP) 79, 88, 101–2, 115, 158, 240 Top Rank Club, Liverpool 75–6 Topol, Chaim 136 Town House Studios, London 190, 205, 219 Townshend, Pete 11, 79 transvestism 170 T-Rex 14

suggested Mike Grose. A former member of Reaction, Grose was also co-owner of PJ’s in Truro; just a few weeks before, when Smile had played there, he had helped out the band at the last moment, so they knew he was a good musician. ‘When Roger rang and asked me to join the band it was good timing because PJ’s was under a demolition order,’ says Mike Grose. ‘They hadn’t actually named themselves Queen at this stage, but it was the three of them plus a bass player, which I agreed would be me.’

Everett’s agent, Jo Gurnett, confirms: ‘Kenny was hugely instrumental in getting Queen airplay for “Bohemian Rhapsody”. He was incredibly enthusiastic about the record and played it all the time at home too.’ And Tony Brainsby recalls how ‘Everybody now says what a great record, but Kenny Everett was the only person brave enough to play it at first. It was the kind of record that would either go to number one and make Queen, or it’d die a death and be their epitaph. My first reaction was, Hey,

girl sitting on his knee,’ he explains, ‘and he thought he’d put a lighter to the balloon above her head to make it pop, but instead, the whole thing went up in a gigantic sheet of flame. ‘The problem was we had had extra electricity supplied, and the massive overhead cables on the roof caught the blast and began to melt. It could have been catastrophic. I’d been elsewhere talking to Mike Moran and didn’t know anything about it. As I returned to the party, someone anxiously asked what I was

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