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Freddie Mercury [Kindle Edition]

Peter Freestone
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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.

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“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

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'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

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
FREDDIE MERCURY: THE REAL LIFE is an interesting,moving and very entertaining book. To me, the one word that describes Freddie Mercury is "unique". It seems that his dedication, determination and perfectionism towards his career, is what made him the superstar that he was. We can all learn from an example like that. His friends all agreed that he had a flamboyant personality on stage, and an almost shy, quiet personality off stage. I found this very endearing. I must say that the parts that made me laugh out loud, were some of Freddie's one-line quotes. My favorite was when he announced that his doctor had forbade him vodka because of a liver complaint, and he says, "So get me a brandy!" What a wonderful sense of humor he must have had. All in all, reading this book helped me learn more about a man I have admired for a very long time. I found this book funny, touching, informative and sad. It left me feeling joyous at what a radiant and charming man he must have been, and at the same time so sad, that we have lost such an intoxicating and sparkling star.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely impressed 28 Nov. 2003
Having looked about for a book that would give some insight into the life of Freddie, I chose this as my first read. Needless to say, I was somewhat disappointed. I found the first few chapters extremely hard going without any real thought or insight with lists of things he had done & places he had been. I continued to read, having been assured by a friend that it would get better. I must say, it did towards the end with some real feeling during the chapters telling of Freddies death. Shame he could not have used a little more of that feeling in the rest of the book. Chose this thinking that having such close contact with Freddie, it might show a good insight but felt that this it lacking something vital. Buy this book if you feel you can cope with the hard trawl of the first few chapters
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Susan
I wrote this because all the other reviews seemed to be about the first book and not this second book, so I thought this second book, Freddie Mercury The Afterlife, needed an actual review, so here goes: The front cover is a lovely, sweet picture of Freddie and Miko, the back cover is a portion of the final arrangements made for Freddie. I wasn't expecting to see that and it made me very sad even though I know he has been gone 16 years now. This second book takes up where the first one left off and is a description of Peter (Phoebe) Freestone's life since Freddie's passing. He talks about the various things he has been doing throughout the years. Peter mentions what the people talked about in the first book are doing as of 2003. There are some pictures I hadn't seen before within the book. Peter describes a visit he paid to Garden Lodge in 2003, where he met with Mary Austin and got to see Delilah again. He discusses some of the many books which have been written about Freddie and what he thinks of them. I only mentioned some things, the book contains much more than what I mention. David Evans speaks in it too and there's even Recipes of the different foods that would be made for Freddie.
Personally, it helped me to read this second book because it cleared up some confusion I had about some things written in the first book and too, even if it is silly on my part, it was nice to learn that Peter was okay, I had wondered since reading the first book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freddie From A Flattering Angle 9 Nov. 2003
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This book gives a very 'nice' image of Freddie, one that other books are quick to contradict.
The author obviously loved the subject and is at some points very biased in his portrayal.
I found the section of the book describing Freddie's illness and subsequent death very emotional and i did shed a tear. This part of the book was excelently written describing a strong and humane man suffereing from and evil and awful disease.
Any Freddie fans should definately give this book some time and attention!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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The publisher's blurb did not augur well: 'the most intimate account of Mercury's life ever written...Now [Freestone] tells all'. Not only that, but written "with" David Evans as well. It had kiss n' tell written all over it. Freddie's untimely death unleashed a tidalwave of substandard tosh onto the market. There are more books about Queen than live albums by Deep Purple and, as the latter proves, quantity does not necessarily equate with quality.
Since I embarked on the exasperating hobby of buying Queen-related books, an awful lot of money has been wasted on utter drivel. It was with a due sense of foreboding that I handed over my £15; and so it was with some surprise that I found myself thoroughly enjoying this book. On the whole, it is a well written and well researched account, providing an enlightening and enjoyable insight into the life of one of the great singer-songwriters and showmen of modern times. Peter 'Phoebe' Freestone spent the final twelve years in the Queen camp (most of it in Freddie's personal employ) and it shows. For anyone curious to know about Freddie's lifestyle, this book surpasses anything else I've seen.
The book works best when it describes Freddie on an 'ordinary' day leading an 'ordinary' lifestyle. His description of life at Garden Lodge, for example, is excellent, detailed but not especially intrusive. That's one of the book's hallmarks. It should appeal to genuine fans who want to know more about their hero but not in an obsessive or prurient way. "Intimate" is thoroughly misleading (naughty Omnibus; I wonder why you chose that particular word). There is much that is left private - and rightly so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Little more than a list of gigs, the crews and who else played. Very little about Freddy Mercury the man, until the last couple of chapters -' waste of money in my opinion
Published 3 months ago by Shebe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
Its a good book but with some flaws. The author tells the story like a robot. For instance, he goes and talk about concerts and preparations like this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nuno Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, arrived promptly,- thank you.
Published 6 months ago by Teresa Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb
I feel the the low-scoring reviews for this book are unfairly scored. This is not Freddie Mercury by Freddie Mercury, this is the account of the man through the eyes of it's author... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Benjamin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone but will never be forgotten
Bought the paperback back in 2002 and still have it, read it on a flight to see the only Tribute to Freddie that being the statue in Montreux Switzerland, a journey so worth... Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. Lines
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe some things should be kept private
I have to say I am a big fan of Queen and of Freddie Mercury. Had Freddie known a book like this was to be written by someone who he trusted I can't help but feel he has been a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rosco
5.0 out of 5 stars Ties on with the first book by Peter Freestone
As Peter's first book, very intersting to read. It continues where the first book ends and answers questions to what happened to Peter and the others of Freddies "family" as well... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Suzie
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of unnone info about this legend
very interesting book for all the admirers of this great legend, Freddie and Queen. has very nice photos, and a very intimate version of is life events since the beginning of his... Read more
Published 23 months ago by scarc
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie Mercury
Excellent book! Excellent service and delivery. Recommend it to anyone. No one can beat Freddie ever. Worth reading the true Freddie has been captured in this story.
Published on 17 Nov. 2012 by Betti
2.0 out of 5 stars Not amused
Being a big fan of Freddy and the band since '73, i had hoped that this book would reveal things which were not generally known. Read more
Published on 20 July 2012 by Ken4155
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