Win an Autographed Copy of Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words


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It’s no secret that I’m a huge Queen fan. Over the past year, I’ve read numerous biographies about Freddie Mercury and Queen, and with every one, I felt like I got to know a little bit more about this legendary performer. But no other book made me feel like I got to know the real Freddie as did Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words.

Compiled and edited by Greg Brooks, Queen’s official archivist, and Simon Lupton, Queen’s TV and DVD producer and director, the book features quotes and interview transcripts from the man himself.

Reads like an autobiography

Freddie didn’t give a lot of interviews over the course of his career, which makes this collection even more precious. The closest we’ll ever come to an autobiography, the book provides intriguing insights into the man behind the legend. From his humble beginnings as an immigrant to worldwide super stardom, this book not only gives us a close up and personal look at Queen’s journey, but also allows us an intimate glimpse at this often painfully shy and very private man.

Freddie talks about pursuing his dream (“I am not going to be a star. I’m going to be a legend,”) and dealing with wealth and fame. He reflects on getting old, his legacy (“Never make me boring”,) and death.


It is well known that Freddie was a huge cat lover. He had a total of 10 cats over the course of his life, and by all accounts, they were very much a part of his family.

“I’d love to have a baby, yes. But I’d much rather have another cat.”

I found this passage particularly touching:

“There have only been two individuals who have given back as much love to me as I gave to them: Mary, with whom I had a long affair, and our cat, Jerry.”

He goes on to say: If I go first, I’m going to leave everything to her. Nobody else gets a penny – except the cats. They deserve it.”

Another testament to Freddie’s love for his cats is the dedication on his solo album, Mr. Bad Guy: “This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else!”

In 20 chapters, 194 pages and nearly 73,000 words, you will meet Freddie: inimitable, unpredictable, invariably funny, often poignant, and always entertaining.

Enter to win a autographed copy!

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Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words is available from Amazon.


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65 Comments on Win an Autographed Copy of Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words

  1. Jody
    October 9, 2019 at 4:47 pm (5 months ago)

    Fat Bottomed Girls

  2. Lorenzo
    October 9, 2019 at 7:23 am (5 months ago)

    The March Of The Black Queen

  3. Stephanie B
    October 8, 2019 at 9:31 pm (5 months ago)

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    • Myrna Bothma
      October 9, 2019 at 5:40 am (5 months ago)

      I love LIAR……….

  4. Sandy Weinstein
    October 8, 2019 at 7:32 pm (5 months ago)

    Bohemian Rhapsody

  5. Greg The Archivist
    October 8, 2019 at 7:13 pm (5 months ago)

    My favourite Queen tracks are ‘Feelines Feelines’ from the News of the World sessions, ‘Crazy Litter Thing Called Love’, ‘Great King Cat’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me-ow Now’. GB

  6. Margot C
    October 6, 2019 at 12:40 pm (5 months ago)

    Bohemian Rhapsody

  7. Abby Frank
    October 5, 2019 at 11:33 pm (5 months ago)

    Father to Son is My favorite Song! My sweet girl, Dawny, loves White Queen.

  8. Rajee Pandi
    October 5, 2019 at 7:44 pm (5 months ago)

    Who Wants to Live Forever

  9. Anne
    October 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm (5 months ago)

    Under Pressure (due to his duet with Mr. Bowie — another feline fancier!)

    • Eleanor Skibo
      October 5, 2019 at 8:40 pm (5 months ago)

      Freddie Mercury was quite the looker! And he was quite the cat lover; ten felines are a large handful
      of cats. However, all his shyness got tucked away in his performances and all his love was given to 1 woman and all those cats. There’ll never be another Freddie Mercury on this earth again!

  10. Jan Henderson
    October 5, 2019 at 12:37 pm (5 months ago)

    We adore Freddie Mewcury

  11. Glogirly
    October 5, 2019 at 12:06 pm (5 months ago)

    Oh my CAT! That’s like asking me what my favorite color is. They are all so beautiful! It has to be a tie between Love of My Life and Don’t Stop Meow.

  12. NANCY
    October 5, 2019 at 2:37 am (5 months ago)

    Bohemian Rhapsody

  13. Barbara Consbruck
    October 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm (5 months ago)

    I live “Who Wants to Live Forever”. Freddie was a genius.

  14. ellen beck
    October 4, 2019 at 11:22 pm (5 months ago)

    I like almost all he sang but Somebody to Love is one of my favorites. Freddy had a magnificent range and was amazing.

  15. Dianne Casey
    October 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm (5 months ago)

    Loved the movie! One of my favorite Queen songs is “We Are The Champions”. Thanks for the chance.

  16. Maryann D.
    October 4, 2019 at 5:47 pm (5 months ago)

    I love every Queen song. But my favorite has to be “Somebody to Love”. I still get goosebumps hearing that song!

  17. Gabi
    October 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm (5 months ago)

    We will rock you.

  18. Bryan
    October 4, 2019 at 4:32 pm (5 months ago)

    We are the champions

  19. Debi
    October 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm (5 months ago)

    Favorite Queen song is “Crazy little thing called love”. He was sure an interesting guy. Loved the movie!

  20. Dona Olsen
    October 4, 2019 at 11:57 am (5 months ago)

    Freddie and Queen are the best ever. Their music was with me through many years of memories.

  21. Mollie Hunt
    October 4, 2019 at 11:51 am (5 months ago)

    “Who Wants to Live Forever” was used in one of my favorite movies, Conan the Barbarian, but they are all amazing!

  22. Mollie Hunt
    October 4, 2019 at 11:46 am (5 months ago)

    “Who Wants to Live Forever” was used in one of my favorite movies, “Conan the Barbarian” so I’ll pick that one, but they are all amazing.

    • Kim Henrichs
      October 5, 2019 at 10:52 am (5 months ago)

      So many! But Save Me probably tops it all.

  23. Julie McDonough
    October 4, 2019 at 11:40 am (5 months ago)

    I love all the Queen songs, but my favorite is Don’t Stop Me Now. It never fails to get me moving.

  24. Betty Wells
    October 4, 2019 at 10:59 am (5 months ago)

    I love a lot of his songs but Bohemian Rhapsody is my all time favorite.

  25. Alesha OL
    October 4, 2019 at 10:34 am (5 months ago)

    Loved the movie so much I bought it..we will rock you..we are the champions

  26. VickyC
    October 4, 2019 at 10:28 am (5 months ago)

    I’ve always loved the music, Under Pressure is a favorite. Queen is the sound track of my college years. Hearing Freddie was a cat guy makes me love him even more.

  27. Cindy Lou
    October 4, 2019 at 10:28 am (5 months ago)

    I watched Bohemian Rhapsody only after it came to TV and that was with much hesitation. I wasn’t sure the performer could do him justice. HUGE Queen fan (hubby not so much) and this movie made me want to know more about him. This would be an excellent very early birthday present for me!

  28. Timmy Tomcat
    October 4, 2019 at 10:27 am (5 months ago)

    We only recently learned how Freddie loved cats. He was a wonderful musician and great fellow fur sure

  29. Albert Blevins
    October 4, 2019 at 10:27 am (5 months ago)

    Breakthru and It’s A Hard Life are two favorites.

  30. Juli
    October 4, 2019 at 10:25 am (5 months ago)

    I love cats and I’m a big fan of Queen and Eddie, would love to win this book! Thanks

  31. Gail Barrett
    October 4, 2019 at 10:18 am (5 months ago)

    I just ordered this book. I never knew Freddy Mercury loved cats until I saw the movie–Bohemian Rhapsody. I volunteer on the cat side of an animal shelter in Arlington Heights, IL and I named 2 of the kittens–Freddy and Brian. And now I’m going to listen to Delilah! THANKS!

  32. Linda Moore
    October 4, 2019 at 10:09 am (5 months ago)

    Favorite, Bohemian Rhapsody. I love that he loved cats so much.

  33. Jennifer
    October 4, 2019 at 9:33 am (5 months ago)

    What a force of nature he was! I have a soft spot for “Under Pressure” but really, how can you pick ONE song? They’re all fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  34. elena
    October 4, 2019 at 9:12 am (5 months ago)

    I’m also a huge fan of Freddy and just last summer I read two of his biographies. So if there’s no two without three, I absolutely have to read this too. Hard to say which is my favorite song, but the first one that comes to mind is Living on my own

  35. elena
    October 4, 2019 at 9:03 am (5 months ago)

    I’m also a big fan of Freddy and just last summer I read two more biographies about his life, so if there’s no two without three, I absolutely have to read this too!

  36. Sue Brandes
    October 4, 2019 at 9:01 am (5 months ago)

    Bohemian Rhapsody. Thanks for the chance.

  37. Amanda Wood
    October 4, 2019 at 8:57 am (5 months ago)

    OH man, how do I choose just one?? My favorite at the moment would have to be “I Want to Break Free”, but there are so so many others that I listen to often 🙂

  38. John Smith
    October 4, 2019 at 8:48 am (5 months ago)

    “Leave your favorite Queen song in a comment!” *Every* Queen song? *Most* Queen songs? They were a stellar band! How about “We Are the Champions”?

  39. Allison
    October 4, 2019 at 8:45 am (5 months ago)

    Favorite song? Bohemian Rhapsody!

  40. Christine Kapp
    October 4, 2019 at 8:44 am (5 months ago)

    My favourite Queen song has to be Innuendo!!!! Love it.

  41. SaLLy
    October 4, 2019 at 8:42 am (5 months ago)

    I would love to win this book, but if I don’t I’m going to be sure to get a copy anyway. He is the best, and the fact that he was such a great cat-lover just makes him even more perfect. Love all of Queen’s songs, but Bohemian Rhapsody is probably my favorite.

  42. Allison
    October 4, 2019 at 8:42 am (5 months ago)

    Your posts about Freddy Mercury have me interested in knowing more about him. The book would be a great prize!

  43. sheila ann anderson
    October 4, 2019 at 8:30 am (5 months ago)

    amazing prize- would love to win it 🙂 I saw the movie 2 times so far and loved it

  44. Judith Taylor
    October 4, 2019 at 7:58 am (5 months ago)

    I would love to win this. Freddie was amazing and he loved cats that makes him an even more beautiful soul. Thank you for the chance and good luck everyone.

  45. Janine
    October 4, 2019 at 7:50 am (5 months ago)

    There are so many great Queen songs, but I must admit Bohemian Rhapsody is my all time favorite. It just brings back a lot of good memories.

    • Karen w
      October 4, 2019 at 8:18 am (5 months ago)

      Fav Queen song? Seaside Rendezvous. Queen fan since 1974! Fave band then, fave band now. It’s a cat thing! Must be! Love Freddie = must love kitties!

  46. Michelle L
    October 4, 2019 at 7:35 am (5 months ago)

    There are too many great songs to choose one favorite. A couple come to mind…Bohemian Rhapsody and Radio Gaga.

    • Dianne Casey
      October 4, 2019 at 7:51 pm (5 months ago)

      My favorite Queen song is “We Are the Champions” plus many others.

  47. Anne Castellano
    October 4, 2019 at 6:44 am (5 months ago)

    It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but The Prophet’s Song is definitely one of my faves.

  48. Audrey Stewart
    October 4, 2019 at 6:30 am (5 months ago)

    “Somebody to Love” is my favorite, but I do love so many more of their songs. I love that he loved cats. I shelter elderly cats. I have 10 at the moment.

    • Samantha Thomas
      October 4, 2019 at 9:26 am (5 months ago)

      “Killer Queen” from the album “Sheer Heart Attack”

      • Cat Fleming
        October 4, 2019 at 11:12 am (5 months ago)

        I’m a big Queen fan too, and I have no doubt that the song that first captured my imagination and made me fall in love with the group & Freddy is Bohemian Rhapsody! (altho there are many more I could name!)

  49. Cynthia N.
    October 4, 2019 at 5:43 am (5 months ago)

    Favorite album…. are you kidding? I can’t pick just one! Boy, do I miss hearing them on the radio as I am driving around now.
    Can’t replace some of the classics…

  50. Julie Blaskie
    October 4, 2019 at 1:20 am (5 months ago)

    Wow… my favorite Queen song? That’s tough because I love them ALL! However, my kitties Ruford, Bella, and Lucky say the song “Delilah” is our favorite since it is indeed about a cat! I agree but want to say “Bohemian Rhapsody”! Also, Ingrid, you need to hear Freddie’s album with Monserrat Caballe! Totally awesome!

    • Ingrid
      October 4, 2019 at 5:19 am (5 months ago)

      I have that album – it’s amazing!


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