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Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender [Paperback]

Goodman Books
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13 Sep 2012
Freddie Mercury is a man who needs no introduction. Queen are still globally famous, Freddie was the face of the band for 20 years and this lavish book celebrates him as one of the key players in the makeup of the influential British music scene. The great man's life is lovingly and painstakingly recounted in pictures and insightful text. Famed as an electric showman with no equal, there are beautiful images capturing the man in the moment through many stages of his colourful life.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Goodman Books (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847960081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847960085
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 2.5 x 32.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twenty-one years after his demise, a joyous deluge to Freddie --Mojo

A beautifully presented book --Jer Bulsara

Mrs Bulsara is particularly keen on the new book, containing finely reproduced photographs of Freddie from the time he was six months old until shortly before his death ...Mrs Bulsara's face lights up as she tenderly turns the pages, putting the photographs in context and commenting, not always favourably, on his hair and clothes. --Telegraph

A lavish new book full of wonderful photographs, including several never-before seen images, that span the rock star's life --Telegraph

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
If, like me, you're a fan, BE CAREFUL when buying this book.
The contents of this book have been released before, back in 2000, in the FM Solo Box Set by EMI.
It contains exactly the same photographs and text: it's simply a re-hash of a previous product.
The only "new" content is a foreword by Rhys Thomas and an interview CD, neither of which are worth the price alone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Great Pretense 4 Oct 2012
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I am a long time Queen fan and I bought this book in the belief that it contained a lot of images that were newly published and from hard to find sources. This was certainly the impression given by the Official Queen website and their teaser video prior to the official release.

When you get the book its big, it has a padded style cover and given the brilliant DVD that was also lauched recently as part of "the great pretender" package my expectations were high.

After a few biographical pages you are looking at a pictorial run through Freddie's life but sadly these are mostly made up of previously available shots of Freddie and mostly promotional picutures and screenshots of videos which would have accompanied singles releases. If you have the fantastic Freddie Box Set that came out in the late 90's you have the best part of this book. As an earlier reviewer rightly said the contents have been covered before in publications like Queen's Greatest Pix etc.

My advise - buy the Blu Ray or DVD and the Barcelona re-worked CD box set but give this a miss. The Queen cash machine is alive and well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice presentation, but little new or unseen 29 Sep 2012
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This book arrived today. Having looked through it, the presentation of the book is very good, the cover is a soft padded hardcover and looks impressive. The photos inside are all reproduced in good quality. The reason I have only awarded this 3 stars is if you are a Queen / Freddie fan and already have books such as Greatest Pics 1 and 2, Classic Queen, The Illustrated History etc, then you will have seen almost every photo in this book before. A handful were new, but not enough to justify a new book. So nice to have if your a big fan, but im not sure I will open it that often in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 20 Oct 2012
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Let me first comment on the other reviews: This book is very similar to the book published on Freddie Mercury as part of the solo collection over 10 years ago. However, its not correct to review a product compared to other ones. Its important to mention it, but not all own that solo collection, and for those who don't, this book should be reviewed on its own.

As for the book, this is a very large and very impressive book on Freddie Mercury. Contains mainly photographs of him, starting of his childhood, through Queen days and the solo days. Though the photos are not rare. But the quality of the book is very good, some of the photos are on double pages, some on one page.

As mentioned already, this book is very similar to the one in Freddie Mercury Solo Collection (which contains also 12 discs) published over 10 years, and hard to find these days (even if you do, it will cost you a lot). If you own the solo collection, you might consider whether you should buy this book. You might be very disappointed that its almost the same book you already own. Pity that the publishers were not creative enough to add new material. For those who already own the solo collection, it's absolutely a rip off.

If not, its highly recommended for anyone: either Freddie's fans or not. The book is not so expensive either.

The book contains also a radio interview with Freddie on a CD inside of it (attached to the book).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A personailsed picture book of Freddie 3 April 2014
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Not as good or as in depth as Mick Rock's own book of pictures Killer Queen but this is still a good addition to the Queen collection as it concentrates solely on Freddie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 22 Mar 2014
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Like always, a top deal with Amazon. Fast, good covering, good quality. Very very nice picture book in big format with high quality pictures and a CD with an interview of the time when Freddi was in Germany. A must for fans who like to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pretender ~ Freddie Mercury 12 Dec 2013
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This is an incredible, beautiful book full of wonderful pictures ~ A 'MUST' for any Freddie fan ~"There can be only one"!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift 26 Jun 2013
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Only had a quick flick through this book. I bought it as a gift. It looked pretty good and was well received by the recipient.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful !
I received it in the time , This book ,is very beautiful & complete ,it is in good place in my others books on Freddie Mercury & Queen.
Published 10 months ago by Vaquez
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Rock God..
The greatest Rock God..some of the pics are out of focus and the colour bias is off too..but otherwise a fine collection. Read more
Published 10 months ago by N. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book
King Mercury long may he reign !
This is a glossy book of pics and information on what made freddie
magical and the greatest rock star on the planet. Read more
Published 11 months ago by gerry
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT BOOK
I love this book about Freddie Mercury, I have always loved Queens music and would never give this book up.
Published 12 months ago by karen green
5.0 out of 5 stars the great pretender
my husband is a huge fan and was so suprised to recieve this for christmas very reasonably priced too i thought
Published 12 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
the inclusion of a cd was a very nice surprise and enhanced the enjoyment of the book,a very good read and brought back great memories
Published 12 months ago by john collett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous addition to my collection.
Most brilliant quality. Love it. Just what every Freddie Mercury fan wants and needs. Fantastic photography. CD just so cool .
Published 12 months ago by Ms. Deborah Keay
1.0 out of 5 stars Page inverted - a pain to read
Pages 13 to 24 inclusive are upside down. The book has been bound incorrectly. Poor show, despite the nice pictures.
Published 13 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but if you have Freddie Mercury Solo Collection Box...
Great book, but if you have Freddie Mercury Solo Collection Box (2000), it's the same... Anyway, it's a great book!
Published 13 months ago by Leonardo Archivist Pelz Stone Cold Leo'82 B.R.
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