Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
By Richard Grey
Richard Grey's Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender celebrates the influential musician, recounting Mercury's life by way of photographs from the private collection of his parents and Brian May (Queen guitarist and songwriter), as well as a sampling of portraits from over the years by famous photographers, like Snowdon and Mick Rock.
Tracing the life of the prolific singer from his roots in Zanzibar, we're treated to rare photographs of Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) as an infant and an adolescent. It's apparent that showmanship was in his blood from birth as there are numerous photos that show a young Freddie hogging the spotlight and hamming it up.
The book contains an insightful forward and a well-written history of Mercury, detailing his upbringing, as well as his life both in and out of the public eye. And while the written text will provide a fascinating read for fans of the singer, it's the lavish photo archive that makes this a 'must-have' for fans. Each photo has an accompanying contextualizing caption allowing readers to immerse themselves in the singer's life as they turn the pages of the book.
Also included with the coffee table book is a CD containing audio interviews with the singer, adding some audio to the tangible, glossy, work of nostalgia, making this a comprehensive work for Mercury's fans. (Insight Editions)
ReviewsJun 17, 2014
DustBy Phil Elverum
Throughout the course of Phil Elverum's career, the mind behind Mount Eerie and the Microphones has gone from putting out records to deliver...
ReviewsApr 22, 2014
Birth School Metallica Death, Volume IBy Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood
The story of Metallica has been told so many times that diehard metalheads who can't resist reading every new book that comes out about the ...
ReviewsJan 30, 2015
OperatorsWest End Cultural Centre, Big Fun Festival, Winnipeg MB, January 29
Making their Winnipeg debut as part of the annual Big Fun Festival, Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs) new project, Operators, may b...
ReviewsJan 30, 2015
Cannon Bros.The Good Will Social Club, Big Fun Festival, Winnipeg MB, January 29
The Cannon Bros. have kept busy: recording and working on new material for their delayed sophomore album due out sometime this spring; playi...