Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender

A Life in Pictures

Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender

By:  Richard Gray
Sean O'Hagan
Rhys Thomas
Rami Malek

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9.1 X 11.0 in
144 pg

MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician

"a joyous tribute to Freddie"Mojo

"a beautifully presented book"Jer Bulsara (Freddie's mother)

"...a lavish book full of wonderful photographs..."The Daily Telegraph

Freddie Mercury gives fans unprecedented access to one of the world's greatest artists and showmen. This official book contains superb photographs of Freddie Mercury in all aspects of his life. There are photographs from the private collections of his parents, Mr and Mrs Bulsara, from Brian May, as well as portraits by many famous contemporary photographers.

This lavishly illustrated book celebrates Freddie's life as part of the British music scene, with lovingly and painstakingly recounted in pictures and insightful text. These images capture the man in the moment through many stages of his life.

Born in 1971 Richard started school life as an outgoing, bright, and lively child. By the time he left school in 1988 he had no grades or qualifications and had become withdrawn to the point he barely able to communicate with the world at large. Ten years later and stuck in a dead end job Richard made the discovery that changed his life and for the first time inspired him to learning.

Fast forward to the present Richard has been unstoppable in the intervening years, with an unquenchable thirst for learning he has returned to college, completed distance learning courses, read, and listened to the equivalent of several degree courses in educational and self-improvement book materials, become an NLP master practitioner and a clinical hypnotherapist, all whilst holding down a day job. 

To date Richard has written five educational books of his own utilising a creative mind to rival that of anyone in the world, pouring everything he has learnt into crafting powerful, unique learning experiences for his readers. What was that discovery that changed everything? A memory improvement course. 

Why read his books? Richard has been there and lived through the trials and isolation of social anxiety and spent fifteen years exploring every technique ever devised to combat the condition, now he passes his wealth of experience on to you.

Sean O'Hagan was named British Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards 2003 and won the 2011 J Dudley Johnston award from the Royal Photographic Society. He writes on photography for the Guardian and Observer.

Rhys Thomas is a director, producer, actor, comedian and writer. He directed the feature-length documentary about Freddie Mercury in 2012. It won the Rose d'Or for Best Arts Documentary and the International Emmy for Best Arts Documentary

Rami Malek is an American actor, born to Egyptian immigrant parents in Los Angeles. He was the star of the acclaimed series Mr. Robot. He played the role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, for which he received the Best Actor Academy Award, among other accolades.