The Show Must Go on

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'I always knew I was a star. Now the rest of the world seems to agree with me.' Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury remains one of the world's most enigmatic figures. He was celebrated as an international icon during his life, his death sent shockwaves around the world and his effect on British music, culture and society is palpable today. But how did the sweet, shy boy from a small island off the Tanzanian coast become the lightning force behind Britain's most phenomenal rock band?

Freddie Mercury: The Show Must Go On is an absorbing and intriguing account of Freddie's life, from the first days to the last. Former showbiz reporter Rick Sky was there at the time: he knew Freddie for 15 years, interviewing him on numerous occasions around the world from London to Munich to New York, sharing his thoughts and feelings as he changed from a young man into a star. Few others can claim such access or such insight into Freddie's mind. 

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In November 1991, the world was shocked by the death of one of rock's most flamboyant and adored superstars. Freddie Mercury's unique blend of brilliant musicianship and outrageous showmanship had kept Queen at the top of the charts for years, but no one suspected he was sick with AIDS. Now, for the first time, the whole story can be told.

Rick Sky, a journalist who covers the international rock scene, has put together some rare interviews with Mercury's closest friends and loyal colleagues and come up with fresh insights into the rock star's glamorous career and turbulent life. He explores Freddie Mercury's modest beginnings as a shy art student from Zanzibar; Queen's tentative first steps in 1968 and their big break in 1972; Mercury's emergence as the extroverted king of Glam/Glitter Rock; Queen's triumphant set at Live Aid; the inside story behind the creation of Queen's rock anthems like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You"; the singer's outrageous partying and lavish lifestyle; the two women in his life; and his reluctance to admit his bisexuality despite having had AIDS for five years before his death.

Featuring rare photos and a comprehensive Queen chronology, this revealing biography is the fascinating story of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime.

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AuthorRick Sky
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