Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, A Life in Pictures

Author(s): Alan Marshall

Biography & Memoir | Biography

Freddie Mercury was an iconic singer who was hugely popular throughout his brilliant music career, as the singer of Queen and as a solo artist. The world mourned his untimely death in 1991 but he was incredibly prolific and left behind a rich legacy of recordings, not all of which have been released to date.


2012 is Freddie's twentieth anniversary year and sees a reissue of the ground-breaking album he recorded with Montserrat Caballe, Barcelona,. Everyone is talking about the forthcoming movie that stars Sacha Baron Cohen as the great man, and Queen is still one of the most popular bands around! This lavishly illustrated book celebrates one of the key players in the make-up of the influential British music scene, and his colourful life is lovingly and painstakingly recounted in pictures and insightful text.


Famed as an electric showman with no equal, these images capture the man in the moment through many stages of a colourful life.

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Sean O'Hagan was named British Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards 2003 for his work with footballer Roy Keane and the musician Brian Wilson. In 2011 O'Hagan won the J Dudley Johnston award from the Royal Photographic Society for what they described as 'major achievement in the field of photographic criticism'.

Freddie Mercury Interview by Sean O'Hagan The photographs, with running commentary Freddie Mercury, album by album, including complete lyrics Mr Bad Guy, Barcelona, The Great Pretender, The Singles 1973-1985, The Singles 1986-1993, The Instrumentals, Rarities 1, Rarities 2, Rarities 3, The Untold Story, The David Wigg Interviews, The Video Collection Discography Pre-Queen Live Performances Credits

General Fields

  • : 9781743313114
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Crows Nest
  • : July 2012
  • : Australia
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 780.92
  • : 120
  • : Alan Marshall