I will say it right now: this book is not perfect, far from it. However, for Jones (arguably the least-acquainted biographer of the late Mr. Mercury)to pull together a book as solid in its facts and unprejudiced in its content is a true accomplishment to which even the harshest of critics would have to tip their hats. I am familiar with the other biographies of Freddie, and while they certainly contain various degrees of accuracy, Jim Hutton and Peter Freestone were not writers by profession (also, some of the details in the formers' publication were a bit too graphic for me-meaning no disrespect) and therefore, to get to sit down and read the work of someone who not only had an ongoing professional relationship with Freddie Mercury, but whose job it is to document the lives of musicians, is very refreshing. I am not through the book yet, but far enough to have a solid idea of how the writer wants to come across as a biographer; which is to not bash the reader over the head with sentimentality or shove meaningless details down their throat just to prove they did their homework. Jones is not out to gain familiarity for herself nor fame. She does not want to reap benefits or brag about her personal relationship with the great musician. She is quite simply telling the story of one of the worlds' greatest musicians (dead or alive) in the most unbiased, most straightforward way possible. Jones serves to tell the events as they were, how they were, and why they were without jumping to conclusions or trying to establish all information as concrete. I admired her approach very much, the book is written well and at no time did it lose or bore me. I am dying to finish it and I have a feeling I will read it again.
This book details the rocky but legendary rise of Queen, and in particular, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury. It also delves into the early life of one of music's most flamboyant characters, as well as his quest for success, self discovery and love. We are also introduced to some of the most important players in Freddie's life, including his bandmates John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor, his friends, employees, family, and to a few of his most significent romantic partners, including the late Jim Hutton, Barbara Valentin, and of course, Mary Austin. The book also features 32 pages of photos that serve as a visual timeline of Freddie Mercury, beginning from his childhood to his years with Queen and ending around the time of his death.
As a Queen fan, I loved this book and the journey it took me on. I recommend this book to other die hard Queen fans, as well as anyone who appreciates rock'nroll as a business and as an art form. I'm holding off on giving this five stars only because I feel anyone who is not atleast a mild fan of rock music or Queen would not have much to grab hold of. A great read, I hope to see much more work from this author.