What are some Freddie Biographies you recommend? I'm planning on getting Mercury and me, but I don't know any others
Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton, Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Memoir by Peter Freestone (I haven’t read the follow up, What He Left Behind), and Queen Unseen by Peter Hince (Queen’s roadie) are the only biographies (or memoirs, really) I would trust. There is also Freddie Mercury: His Life in His Own Words by Greg Brooks, which is really just a collection of quotes, but the closest there is to an autobiography! And Queen: As It Began by Jacky Gunn is the authorised Queen biography, published just after Freddie’s death, so it’s completely biased but definitely worth a read too.
In my opinion, the so-called biographies by Mark Blake, Laura Jackson and - *dramatic music* - Lesley Ann Jones are tabloid-chasing, muck-raking, money-grubbing rubbish. I tried most of them when I first ‘discovered’ Freddie (last year!), but discarded them for being too gossipy (Jones) or just plain bitchy (Blake) - why write about a man you have no respect for?
And I think I may have mentioned how much I detest Somebody To Love: The Life Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne, which came out last year. The key word in the subtitle for the authors is ‘death’ - they seem to try their damndest to make everything in Freddie’s life about AIDS, presumably because that was the hook they used to get their book published. Also, they quote from the other biographies and trashy sources like the Daily Star obituary and ‘Freddie’s Loves’, so Freddie’s Wikipedia page is probably more accurate.
Sorry, that turned into a rant! Basically, go for the books written by people who actually knew Freddie, not hacks out to make a quick buck by picking holes in his memory.