Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words, compiled and edited by Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton (with Foreword by Freddie’s Mum, Jer Bulsara. Published by Omnibus Press made available in paperback 5 January 2009.
“This book is about my boy, Farrokh Bulsara of course, he became better known to the world as Freddie Mercury, but through everything he never stopped being a loving and affectionate son and family member.
I miss him hugely, but thanks to his music he is never far away from me. The Talent and intelligence of this unique man – and much loved son – will ensure his memory lives on for generations to come. So I do hope you enjoy reading his own words, for they illuminate the wonderful man
Jer Bulsara 2006
Freddie’s mum wrote the foreword
Freddie Mercury, A life, In His Own Words
Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words” is the nearest thing to Freddie’s autobiography as it is possible to achieve. A moving, witty, often irreverent collection of quotes (or interview transcript) from the man himself, covering an extraordinary life, meticulously edited together by Queen’s long time archivists, with a Foreword by Freddie’s mum. An essential read not just for fans of Queen and their iconic frontman, but anyone intrigued to know more about one of music’s most endearing and enduring performers.
Despite being in the limelight for over 20 years and selling nearly 200 million records, Freddie Mercury was a very private person – avoiding interviews as he was painfully shy and uncomfortable in the company of anyone who might intrude upon his famous ‘royal family’ of close friends. This book takes us on the journey of Queen – three academics and a frustrated art student, tired of having no money, taking on the music industry on their own terms. Spurred on by an almost uncontrollably ambitious and forthright Mercury, Queen succeeded, becoming the biggest band of the generations to come. The story, told in his own words shows how on many occasions, the band almost split, but was always kept together by their shared love of breaching musical boundaries. Freddie’s own personal story is one of pursuing a dream, dealing with wealth and fame, looking back and having no regrets, coming to reflect on his thoughts on getting old, his legacy and death. Though Freddie talked rarely to others about himself, the interviews published – and some unpublished up until now, compiled in this book, together with an intriguing insight into the man who outwardly exuded confidence and arrogance but behind that public perception spent periods alone and searching for happiness.
For a man who seldom spoke, in “A Life, In His Own Words”, Freddie says it all: “There are times when I wake up and I think, “My God! I wish I wasn’t Freddie Mercury today.” In 20 chapters, 194 pages and nearly 73,000 words—and 45 years in the making—Freddie covers it all, and then some! And he does it, of course, in his own inimitable, unpredictable, invariably funny, often poignant, and always entertaining way. “I love the fact that I make people happy, in any form. Even if it’s just half an hour of their lives, if I can make them feel lucky or make them feel good, or bring a smile to a sour face, that to me is worthwhile.”