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.

Freddie rarely talked about himself to others, and so the relatively few interviews he did agree to—carefully compiled for this book, and some of them unpublished until now—provide an intriguing insight into a man who outwardly exuded confidence and arrogance, but behind the public perception, spent periods alone and searching for happiness. The truth was that Freddie was painfully shy and uncomfortable in the company of anyone who might intrude upon his famous ‘royal family’ of close friends and invited guests. The book covers Freddie’s origins and history, many and various subjects in between, and of course covers the fascinating journey of Queen, all from his unique perspective. Spurred on by their almost uncontrollable ambitious and forthright front man, Queen succeeded in becoming one of the biggest bands on the planet. The story describes how on many occasions the group almost broke up, 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, reflecting on getting old, his legacy, and death. A man determined to succeed to the point of willing to be “frivolous and preposterous” to win over an audience—“I love the feeling of it. It’s greater than sex!” But as the pages turn, we see a Freddie Mercury gradually changing the priorities in his life to one more sedate and necessarily changed by the cloud of the HIV/AIDS virus beginning to shadow the gay community.

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.”

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Independently published (5 Sept. 2019)




200 pages






15.24 x 1.3 x 22.86 cm

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  1. 08

    by Suzanne

    Loved his book witty, thoughtful.
    A compelling read

  2. 08

    by Djgos

    I love Freddy, and the other boys.

    But this was tedious, repetitious and overly long.

    Chronologically would have worked far better. Allowing us to see Fred grow and change.

    As it it’s almost impossible to know which Fred we’re listening to.

    Such a pity.

  3. 08

    by Amazon Customer

    Very honest and reliably Freddie

  4. 08

    by Jesper M

    Used this book as a birthday present. Happy to learn too that it was really appreciated…!

  5. 08

    by Arlene fagan

    My son loves this book told him things he never new 💯 good read

  6. 08

    by debbie

    Present for my mum good read

  7. 08

    by Chris Woods

    This book was billed as the closest thing to a Freddie Mercury autobiography, and it most certainly is. I’ve seen him speaking in various footage of Queen interviews over the years. He didn’t talk for the sake of it and didn’t share as much of himself with the public then as we get to see in this book. Much of it is very personal stuff that such a private person wouldn’t go into too much in live interviews. A must read for Queen fans who like me, enjoy biographies. The only reason I gave 4 stars and not 5 is because the chapters seemed a bit all over the place time wise, not being in order of any specific time frame, except maybe later on towards the end, you can feel the end coming. Freddie certainly gave the impression that he knew he wouldn’t be around for a long life. Nor did he seem to care. He’d lived his life to the full and enjoyed it. At 70,000 words it’s a fairly short book, but full of Freddie’s thoughts on his life and music. Recommended read.

  8. 08

    by Grace k product looks better on site however it was very cheap and ok looks nice when on

    This is a great read very informative and well written

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