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

Freddie Mercury  An Intimate Memoir by the Man who Knew Him Best
Author: Peter Freestone
Publsiher: Omnibus Press
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2010-01-07
ISBN: 0857121278
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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

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

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
Author: Peter Freestone
Publsiher: Omnibus Press& Schirmer Trade Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780711986749
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freddie Mercury Book Excerpt:

Author 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 was with him when he died. This is the most intimate account of Freddie Mercury's life ever written, by an author who was Freddie's 'chief cook and bottle washer, waiter...secretary and agony aunt.'From the famous names-including Elton John, Kenny Everett, Elizabeth Taylor and Rod Stewart-to the shadowy army of lovers and hangers-on, Peter Freestone saw them all play their part in the tragic-comedy that was Freddie Mercury's outrageous life. 'The myth of Mercury's debauched private life is well and truly debunked by the man who was there throughout the toothsome showman's later years in this affectionate portrait...'Q MAGAZINE

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
Author: Peter Freestone
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780771978012
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Somebody to Love

Somebody to Love
Author: Matt Richards,Mark Langthorne
Publsiher: Weldon Owen
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2018-05-08
ISBN: 1681884097
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Somebody to Love Book Excerpt:

For the first time, the final years of one of the world's most captivating rock showman are laid bare. Including interviews from Freddie Mercury's closest friends in the last years of his life, along with personal photographs, Somebody to Love is an authoritative biography of the great man. Here are previously unknown and startling facts about the singer and his life, moving detail on his lifelong search for love and personal fulfilment, and of course his tragic contraction of a then killer disease in the mid-1980s. Woven throughout Freddie's life is the shocking story of how the HIV virus came to hold the world in its grip, was cruelly labelled 'The Gay Plague' and the unwitting few who indirectly infected thousands of men, women and children - Freddie Mercury himself being one of the most famous. The death of this vibrant and spectacularly talented rock star, shook the world of medicine as well as the world of music. Somebody to Love finally puts the record straight and pays detailed tribute to the man himself.

Mercury and Me

Mercury and Me
Author: Jim Hutton,Tim Wapshott
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-08
ISBN: 9781526614506
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Queer Encyclopedia of Music Dance and Musical Theater

The Queer Encyclopedia of Music  Dance  and Musical Theater
Author: Claude Summers
Publsiher: Cleis Press Start
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2012-04-24
ISBN: 1573448753
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Queer Encyclopedia of Music Dance and Musical Theater Book Excerpt:

Aficionados of music, dance, opera, and musical theater will relish this volume featuring over 200 articles showcasing composers, singers, musicians, dancers, and choreographers across eras and styles. Read about Hildegard of Bingen, whose Symphonia expressed both spiritual and physical desire for the Virgin Mary, and George Frideric Handel, who not only created roles for castrati but was behind the Venetian opera's preoccupations with gender ambiguity. Discover Alban Berg’s Lulu, opera’s first openly lesbian character. And don’t forget Kiss Me Kate, the hit 1948 Broadway musical: written by Cole Porter, married though openly gay; directed by John C. Wilson, Noël Coward's ex-lover; and featuring Harold Lang, who had affairs with Leonard Bernstein and Gore Vidal. No single volume has ever achieved the breadth of this scholarly yet eminently readable compendium. It includes overviews of genres as well as fascinating biographical entries on hundreds of figures such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Diaghilev, Bessie Smith, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, Alvin Ailey, Rufus Wainwright, and Ani DiFranco.

Mercury

Mercury
Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 357
Release: 2012-07-03
ISBN: 1451663951
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mercury Book Excerpt:

A portrait of the iconic rock band's late lead singer draws on insider access to trace his rise to fame, struggles with risky behavior, relationships with loved ones and death from AIDS complications. 60,000 first printing.

Queer Icons and Their Cats

Queer Icons and Their Cats
Author: Alison Nastasi,PJ Nastasi
Publsiher: Chronicle Books
Total Pages: 107
Release: 2021-05-04
ISBN: 1797206230
Category: Pets
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Queer Icons and Their Cats Book Excerpt:

These cat lovers are out and purr-oud! Freddie Mercury, Sylvia Rivera, Alison Bechdel, Dusty Springfield. This book is a celebration of queer icons of the past and present and their furry feline friends. From images of lost legends such as Josephine Baker and James Baldwin, to snapshots of contemporary trailblazers like comedian Tig Notaro and fashion designer Jason Wu—these charming and eccentric photographs capture what it truly means to be a cat purr-son. • PURR-FECT FOR CAT LOVERS: This book celebrates the love between human and cat. What better gift could you get the feline fancier in your life? • AMEWSING ANECDOTES AND IMPAWTENT MOMENTS: Learn about the lives of the queer heroes who came before us and those who are still fighting for equality and inclusion. We're not kitten around—with watershed moments like the Stonewall riots and sweet stories of domestic bliss, this book will both entertain and inspire you. • PHOTOS WITH CATITUDE: In these purr-ecious photographs, you'll get to see your heroes in unguarded moments expressing love for their pets. This collection of images will bring joy to any cat lover's heart. Perfect for: • LGBTQIA+ cat lovers and the people who shop for them • Anyone interested in learning more about influential queer figures—and their pets!

Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture

Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture
Author: Luca Prono
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2008
ISBN: 0313335990
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture Book Excerpt:

Features A-to-Z listings on such topics as people, films, television shows, and sports figures that have contributed to gay and lesbian popular culture, including entries on The Advocate, "La Cage Aux Folles," and The Village People.

Rock Music Icons

Rock Music Icons
Author: Robert McParland
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 237
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1666915327
Category: Rock music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rock Music Icons Book Excerpt:

The music, image, performances, and cultural impact of some of the most enduring figures in popular music are explored in Rock Music Icons, giving the reader an inside look into the creativity of some of the most prominent rock stars of our time.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody
Author: Lesley-Ann Jones
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2011-10-13
ISBN: 1444733702
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bohemian Rhapsody Book Excerpt:

'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.

Is This the Real Life

Is This the Real Life
Author: Mark Blake
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2011-03-22
ISBN: 0306819732
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is This the Real Life Book Excerpt:

Queen's success in the 1970s was accompanied by a taste for musical and non-musical excess. Is This the Real Life? draws on eyewitness testimonies -- former producers and managers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends -- to create a complete picture of one of the world's most ambitiously driven rock bands at work and at play. Revealing Queen's complex dynamic, Blake also explores how Freddie Mercury's sexuality alienated some of the band's fan base, how they reinvented themselves by morphing from hard rock to pop, and how they saw out their final years as Mercury became one of the most successful rock stars in the world. Is This the Real Life? looks beyond Queen's public persona to shed light on the legendary band's four wildly divergent personalities, particularly lead singer Freddie Mercury's.

Listening to the Sirens

Listening to the Sirens
Author: Judith Peraino
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 355
Release: 2006
ISBN: 0520215877
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Listening to the Sirens Book Excerpt:

Judith Perraino investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with an examination of the mythology surrounding the Sirens, she goes on to consider musical creatures, gods, humans and music-addled listeners.

Freddie Mercury A Kind of Magic

Freddie Mercury  A Kind of Magic
Author: Mark Blake
Publsiher: Omnibus Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2016-09-12
ISBN: 1783237783
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freddie Mercury A Kind of Magic Book Excerpt:

Freddie Mercury was rock’s most dazzling showman, a legendary entertainer who in 1991, at the age of just forty-five, became the first major music star to die of AIDS. Mercury’s soaring four-octave voice was a defining element in Queen’s unique sound, crucial to the success of the band’s fifteen studio albums, from Queen (1973) to Made in Heaven (1995). He was also a supremely talented songwriter and musician who wrote many of the band’s greatest hits, including ‘Killer Queen’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and their biggest triumph, the epic anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. As a solo artist he released two acclaimed albums: Mr. Bad Guy in 1985 and the operatic 'Barcelona' with Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé in 1988. Mercury’s extraordinary charisma was perhaps best seen in his imperious live performances, in which he’d hold vast stadium crowds to rapturous attention. His outrageous theatrics, physicality and over-the-top costumes led one commentator to describe him as ‘a performer out to tease, shock, and ultimately charm his audience with various extravagant versions of himself’. He pushed the limits of camp in everything he did. His extreme behaviour, in a society in which being gay was only starting to be accepted, just added to Freddie Mercury’s allure. With expert understanding, Mark Blake traces Mercury’s life from his childhood in Zanzibar and India to his untimely death, and charts his astonishing achievements including in Queen’s world-conquering performance at Live Aid in 1985. In the year that marks what would have been his seventieth birthday, Freddie Mercury: A Life celebrates a remarkable life, lived to the fullest. Featuring revealing interviews with fellow musicians, producers and collaborators, and a detailed discography and timeline, this is a memorable tribute to a unique recording artist and an irreplaceable performer who rocked the world.

OK2BG

OK2BG
Author: Jack Dunsmoor
Publsiher: Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2015-05-20
ISBN: 1483428532
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

OK2BG Book Excerpt:

OK2BG is narrative nonfiction, a Memoir about a guy who wants to be a Mentor preferably to a teenager, so they can have a decent & meaningful conversation about stuff & preferably with a kid at-risk, or just otherwise lost, in order to help both the teenager as well as the determined subject of this story realize their unique potential & find or reinforce their place in the world. Overall, a chronicle about the author’s attempt over several years to understand the question of ‘why do I want to be a Mentor’ which eventually helps him become a more insightful person. Subsequently in September, 2010 after a plague of teen suicides, Jack turns his attention to researching gay biographies into optimistically appropriate groups of books for gay kids at-risk, from bullying. After 5 years Jack has categorized 2,000+ books in the form of Memoirs, Biographies & Autobiographies written by or about 1,000+ allegedly gay men. The primary message in OK2BG is to read & reassess before you run asunder!

Brimful of Asia

Brimful of Asia
Author: Rehan Hyder
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-10-03
ISBN: 1351218085
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brimful of Asia Book Excerpt:

During the 1990s, Asian pop artists began entering the mainstream of the British music industry for the first time. Bands such as Black Star Liner, Cornershop, Fun Da Mental and Voodoo Queens, led those within and without the industry to start asking questions such as what did it mean to be Asian? How did the bands' Asian background affect their music? What did their music say about Asians in Britain? In this book, Rehan Hyder draws on in-depth interviews with musicians from these bands and with critics and record producers, to examine the pressures associated with making music as a young Asian in today's multi-ethnic Britain. As the book reveals, these musicians wish to convey an authentic sense of creativity in their music, while at the same time wanting to assert a positive ethnic identity. Hyder explores these two impulses against the backdrop of a music industry and a society at large that hold a range of confining stereotypes about what it means to be Asian. The experiences of these bands add considerably to the wider debate about the nature of identity in the contemporary world.

Magnifico

Magnifico
Author: Mark Blake
Publsiher: Nine Eight Books
Total Pages: 389
Release: 2021-11-11
ISBN: 1788705726
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magnifico Book Excerpt:

'You want it all? There's not much missing here. 9/10.' - Classic Rock 'An engaging mix of humour and detailed critical analysis ... great fun. 4/5.' - Mojo From the award-winning author of Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin and Beyond and Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd comes MAGNIFICO! THE A TO Z OF QUEEN. Addressing the phenomenal success of Bohemian Rhapsody, acclaimed music journalist Mark Blake builds on the legend of Queen and their enduring audience appeal. Providing a fresh, unparalleled take on Queen's music, story and legacy, Blake's complete portrait covers not only the major hits and bestselling albums, but also the inside stories behind the music. Via a series of essays, interviews and biographies, the author shares a wealth of lesser-known details - gained from over thirty years of original material - and explores what the songs of Queen say about their creators.

The Seventies in America

The Seventies in America
Author: John C. Super,Tracy Irons-Georges
Publsiher: Salem PressInc
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2006
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Seventies in America Book Excerpt:

Entries describe the decade's events, musical groups and performers, authors, political groups, movies, and literature, each assessing the topic's impact and tracing subsequent events.

The British National Bibliography

The British National Bibliography
Author: Arthur James Wells
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2000
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Bibliography, National
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The British National Bibliography Book Excerpt:

New York

New York
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-03
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: New York (N.Y.)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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