Publisher: Backbeat Books
Author: Mark Blake
Freddie Mercury was one of rock's most dazzling front men. When he died in 1991, the music world lost one of its most flamboyant characters, as well as a supremely talented writer and vocalist. Best known as the lead singer of Queen, his amazing four-octave voice was a distinctive element in the band's unique sound, which resulted in more than a dozen million-selling albums through the 1970s, '80s, and early '90s. Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic charts his extraordinary career in the context of the life he led in the glare of rock stardom.
With expert understanding, Mark Blake traces Freddie's astonishing achievements from his childhood in Zanzibar and India to his world-conquering performance at Live Aid in 1985 and beyond. Published just ahead of what would have been Freddie's 70th birthday, this special book features a retrospective commentary on his studio and live albums, a complete discography, photographs, and memorabilia throughout. Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic is an essential tribute to a truly innovative recording artist and an irreplaceable performer who rocked the world.
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“Now [Mercury's] life is celebrated in the wonderful Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic, an illustrated hardcover that includes childhood and teen photos of Farrokh Bulsara, quotes from the singer and those who knew him, a wonderful discography covering his solo work and releases with Queen. Author Mark Blake's wonderful introduction in the book provides insight into what readers will love about this great book: 'This book...is the story of the man Freddie Mercury was and the man he became. It's a celebration of his humor and showmanship, but also of a musician and songwriter whose talents were sometimes lost behind that larger-than-life persona.'” – Robert Kinsler, Rock 'n' Roll Truth
“Born Farrokh Bulsara, rock music legend Freddie Mercury (1946-91) would have turned 70 on September 5, so the release of music journalist/editor Blake's (Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of Queen) title about Queen's late lead vocalist is jolly well timed. From binding to pages, this book is drenched in bright colors and copiously illustrated with 200-plus color and black-and-white photos with descriptive and informative captions. Each titled chapter (e.g., 'I'm Just a Poor Boy') begins with a time line and tells Mercury's story in an informative, entertaining, and easy-to-read narrative. While the text occasionally feels gossipy, the inclusion of interviews that Blake personally conducted between 1998 and 2014 with Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor (who worked closely with Mercury from the late 1960s until his death) adds weight and helps paint a more complete picture of the venerable and flamboyant front man as a rock star, musician, and individual. VERDICT A pleasure to read or just browse, this is a must for fans of Mercury, Queen, and rock music bios with style and substance.” – Library Journal
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