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With exquisitely aesthetic illustrations by Ruby Taylor, “Freddie Mercury” by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, is a breezy introduction to the melodies and magic of one of the greatest ever legends to have graced the domain of rock music. The book is an enticing appetiser to the musically minded young teen who is beginning his/her journey into the world of music. Beginning with the birth of Freddie Mercury as Farrokh Bulsara in a Parsi family, on a tiny island in Zanzibar, Vegara traces the journey of an enigmatic and gifted child from Zanzibar to India before finally settling in the hustle and bustle of London. A London, which during those times was the throbbing, beating and pulsing vein of a myriad notes and genres.
Farrokh studied graphic design and sold secondhand clothes in London before meeting a guitarist named Brian May and Roger Taylor, a drummer and a vocalist. Part of a struggling band called Smile, May and Taylor were looking for a singer and boy, could this young seller of secondhand clothes sing! Very soon, the band was complete with the arrival of John Deacon on the bass. Farrokh convinced his mates to rename the band Queen and called himself Freddie Mercury. The rest as they say is history!
The book also deals in a very sensible and poignant manner on Freddie contracting AIDS before finally succumbing to it. A Freddie Mercury biography reference rounds off a marvelous endeavour!
“Freddie Mercury” – the show will always go on!
(Freddie Mercury by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is published by Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and will be available on sale from the 7th of February 2023)
Thank You Net Galley for the Advance Reviewer Copy!