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Posted: 14 Nov 09, 09:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am not a huge fan of reading but have recently read a few books. So I thought I might get a book on freddie. Which one is the best in your opinion?

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Posted: 14 Nov 09, 10:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've read five Queen related books:

'The Early Years',
'Freddie and Me'
'Freddie Mercury - The Definitive Biography'
'Freddie Mercury' (Peter Freestone)
'Mercury and Me' (Jim Hutton)

The Early Years' was great, but not for the casual fan as it was dedicated almost entirely to the members' individual and collective  history before 1973.

'Freddie and Me' was a graphic novel telling the story of the author's life through his Queen fandom - probably not what you're looking for.

'The Definitive Biography' was almost exclusively a retelling of material that is already out there in other forms including the Freestone book , the Hutton book and video documentaries and  public record that proceeded it. The only new stuff for me was the chapter related to Barbara Valentin and her sometimes slightly sketchy claims, and some gossipy and rather salacious details about the compulsiveness of Freddie's 80's sex life.  I read this book last, so it was kind of a rehash for me, but if you haven't read or seen much else that won't be the case for you.

The Freestone (friend and employee) and Hutton (friend and lover) books are  good counterpoints to each other, because the times periods they cover overlap and both men were in Freddie's inner circle.  It's interesting to see the same events from just slightly different perspectives.  Like Brian's stereo photographs, the two read together make the Freddie of 1985-1991 pop more than if one had read only one or the other.  Both men loved Mercury dearly, so both suffer slightly from rose coloured glasses syndrome to a point.

From those that have read other books, what else is worth looking at?

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Posted: 15 Nov 09, 14:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I made a thread about my fave biography in the general section, sorry, i did it before i saw this thread!

My favourite is 'Freddie Mercury The Definitive Biography'

So much depth.

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Posted: 15 Nov 09, 15:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen : The ultimate illustrated history of the crown kings of rock

It's full of pictures which I have never seen before


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Posted: 16 Nov 09, 03:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The above book is a good one......a brand new release too, but it is flawed by the usual errors. It should of been corrected by a proof reader first!
A precurser to the I WANT IT ALL and LIVE books if you like!

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Posted: 16 Nov 09, 03:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Lozzykinz wrote:

My favourite is 'Freddie Mercury The Definitive Biography'

So much depth.

I really enjoyed this one


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Posted: 16 Nov 09, 13:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Question. Was Gerry Stickells "Roadworks" book ever published. I think it was to have come out around 1996.

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Posted: 16 Nov 09, 13:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's listed on Amazon as "currently unavailable" and they don't know when or if it will be back in stock.

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Posted: 16 Nov 09, 17:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

in the .collecting and trading section.some of these books are coming up for sale..

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Posted: 17 Nov 09, 09:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for the info