There’s nothing ordinary about being a rock star, or is there? Freddie Mercury was known for his wild and flamboyant performances, but in private was shy and sweet. Now the compilers of what is dubbed his autobiography of sorts, Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words, discovered how normal he really was.
Appearing on The Official Queen Podcast, Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton – who put together the book based on his interviews – said: “A lot of the time we left him talking in a very ordinary way about ordinary things.
“Some people see him as a superhero don’t they, but he was an ordinary man who did basic things like we all do.
“We wanted to offer not only the sensationalist stuff, but the human stuff.
“The ordinary man doing things at home like the rest of us do.”
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They added: “He had such a distinctive way of talking.
“It’s unusual because it’s very cultured, which you don’t expect from a rock star do you?
“But he was incredibly intelligent and very cultured; he had such a great way with words.
“It’s easy to see why he was such a great lyricist, because his turn of phrase is so poetic.”
During the interview, the archivist and documentary filmmaker spoke of how interest in Freddie Mercury has continued to grow thanks to the Bohemian Rhapsody movie.
Lupton enthused: “When Bohemian Rhapsody came out, the interest in Freddie absolutely skyrocketed.
“I think what the movie did really well was give you a real sense of what kind of person Freddie was.
“And I think that got a lot of people, who perhaps didn’t know a lot about Queen or a lot about Freddie, really intrigued about him.”
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He added: “They’re finding new fans all the time. That’s the remarkable thing.
“I don’t think any of us imagined we would be here, what, 28 years since losing Freddie.
“And there are still people now discovering him and wanting to know about him.
“And that’s because there’s so much going on, there’s so much out there. It’s a living, breathing thing still.”
Originally published in 2006, the revamped Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words was rereleased last September with new materials and plans for an audiobook are in the works.
Since his untimely death in 1991, Queen has managed to keep going in part.
Bassist John Deacon left the band in 1997 after the final studio album featuring Freddie was released a couple of years before.
However, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are still going strong today with Adam Lambert on vocals.
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