Thursday, April 16, 2020

Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words

This is another review that is long overdue, not because of the book but simply due to my tardiness in writing. This is an intriguing behind the public perception story of a man dealing with all aspects of fame and his life.

Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words
* Compiled & Edited by Greg Brooks & Simon Lupton
* Paperback: 200 pages
* Publisher: Independently published (September 5, 2019)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1688967486
* ISBN-13: 978-1688967489

"Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words" is the nearest thing to Freddie’s autobiography as it is possible to achieve. A moving, witty, often irreverent collection of quotes and interview transcript from the man himself, covering an extraordinary life, meticulously edited together by Queen’s long-time archivists, and with a Foreword by Freddie's mother. An essential read not just for fans of Queen and their iconic frontman, but anyone intrigued to know more about one of music’s most endearing and enduring performers.

Now my thoughts:

If you grew up in the ‘70s there is little doubt that you’ve probably heard of Queen (the rock band). But fans of the music may not truly know a lot about the lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

FREDDIE MERCURY: A LIFE, IN HIS OWN WORDS is an insightful, sometimes humorous, look at the man and his amazing journey to fame. Compiled from the few interviews Mercury gave, this book reads like an autobiography. The book reveals a great deal about the person Mercury was and what drove him.

The book shows a side of Mercury not seen on stage – shy and searching for happiness. The story follows Mercury’s journey from being born Farrokh Bulsara to becoming a British rock star living life to the fullest with “excess in every direction” as he put it. The forward is a touching note written by Mercury’s mother, Jer Bulsara.

You don’t have to be a fan of the man or his music to enjoy this brief look into his life. The story tells of a man’s passion for living, music and wanting to make people happy.

Queen Archivist Greg Brooks and co-author Simon Lupton have done an excellent job telling Mercury’s story. They give readers a glimpse at the real man behind the stage image and his music through his own words.

Full Disclosure – A complimentary copy of this book was sent to me. My review thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Were you or are you a fan of Queen? Did you hear some of their lyrics in your head as you read this? Which song?


  1. Thank you.
    I am a biography addict - but MUCH prefer autobiographies and memoirs. This book sounds as if it is as close as possible to a combined memoir/autobiog. Many thanks - and I will assuredly track it down.

  2. Hi Mason - loved Queen ... and have seen a few programmes about him/them and the film ... just thought he was a brilliant man - incredibly talented ... yet so fragile. It's fascinating as it covers so many cultures of life ... sad and wonderful. I didn't know about the book though - interesting to read about it here ... all the best - Hilary

  3. I've always liked Freddie Mercury and Queen, so this is definitely a book that would interest me, Mason. I may have to look this one up!

  4. I probably read every biography out there about Freddie Mercury and Queen, and watched hundreds of hours of videos. This book, more than anything I read or watched, made me feel like I really got to know the man behind the legend.


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