Each chapter begins with a handy timeline, detailing the events to be discussed in the chapter and when they occurred.
This book contains photographs of all sizes, including 2-page spreads, of Freddie and Queen dating from 1958 – 1991. All of the photos have captions, many of which begin with Queen song lyrics. Of particular interest is a full page print of Mick Rock’s iconic band photo for the Queen II album sleeve. The author has done a good job of collecting photos that capture the proud, flamboyant, one-of-a-kind spirit that is Freddie Mercury.
Author and music journalist Mark Blake grew up in the 70s and 80s listening to Queen and going to their shows. Blake bases the book’s contents on interviews with members of Queen, their friends, families and associates. Many of the interviews were conducted by the author himself. It’s a really good read; it pulls you in with its captivating stories and clever design theme. I had trouble putting it down.
Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic|
Author: Mark Blake
Publisher: Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard
Price: $34.99 (US)
Color and B&W photographs throughout