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Freddie Mercury was a musician, a performer, an icon. A new book, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender ($34.99, Insight Editions) contains photographs from the private collections of his parents, as well as Brian May, and portraits by famous photographers including Snowdon and Mick Rock.
Officially sanctioned and coinciding both with the release of a new documentary about Mercury's life, and the re-release of his recording Barcelona with Montserrat Caballé, this is a celebration of a unique life whose real story is only now being told.
With a new movie starring Sacha Baron Cohen in the works, this is the time to start learning about the remarkable tale of the boy from Zanzibar.
Here's a selection of fabulous photographs from the book:
- Andrew Losowsky
The magnetic Queen singer is still attracting fans, 21 years after his death – yet he was remarkably hard to fathom. Can a BBC documentary, and a Hollywood film starring Sacha Baron Cohen, cast any new light on the man behind the legend?
In November 1991, days before he died, Freddie Mercury met his manager to discuss how best to reveal to the world that he had Aids. Once they had agreed the wording of an announcement, the 45-year-old singer began to wonder how he would be remembered. "You can do what you want with my music," he said, "but don't make me boring."
He got his wish. Twenty-one years later, Mercury is still the rock star's rock star, exerting enough magnetism to reel in new fans who are too young to remember him firsthand. There is a Hollywood biopic starring Sacha Baron Cohen in the works, and next month a new BBC documentary, »
- Caroline Sullivan
Island Records has announced the 25th anniversary re-release of Freddie Mercury's Barcelona album, recorded with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé. The entirely newly-orchestrated re-working will be released as a special edition 4-disc box set. Barcelona - The Special Edition will be released on September 3 to mark the 25th anniversary of the lead 'Barcelona' single. It will also be available as a standard CD, vinyl and download. The album re-release (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Price: DVD $14.99, Blu-ray $19.98
Studio: Eagle Rock
Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender offers a music-filled documentary of the late co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Queen.
Produced and directed by Rhys Thomas, life-long Queen fan and expert and the man behind the acclaimed Queen: Days of Our Lives BBC documentary, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender goes way back to reveal more than ever before the inside story of Freddie’s life and career and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen.
The extensive archive footage is drawn from rare interviews with Freddie, concerts, video shoots and personal material, much of it being seen for the first time, along with newly filmed contributions from fellow Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Queen manager Jim Beach, soprano Montserrat Caballé, composers David Arnold and Mike Moran, lyricist Tim Rice, comedian and lifelong »
4 items from 2012
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