FREDDIE MERCURY: A LIFE, IN HIS OWN WORDS Japanese Edition
Published by: SHINKO MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD – On Sale 20th December 2019
Compiled and Edited by Greg Brooks & Simon Lupton Translated by Takatsugu Arai
Freddie Mercury: ‘A Life, In His Own Words’
Compiled and edited by official Queen archivist Greg Brooks and Queen visuals producer Simon Lupton, this new expanded edition contains over 8,000 words of text not present in the original print. The additional material has been drawn from sources not available or known to the authors at the time of compiling the original work, much of it never before published before and sourced from newly discovered interviews given by Mercury for magazine and newspaper articles that were ultimately not used, as well as from rare radio programmes or Queen Specials found on precious old cassette recordings and reel-to-reel tapes discovered within the Freddie archive. The nearest thing to a Freddie Mercury autobiography as it is possible to achieve, “A Life, In His Own Words” is a meticulously assembled collection of moving, witty, and often irreverent quotes from the man himself. Told across 20 chapters and 368 pages, this is Freddie’s life in his own words – delivered in his own inimitable, unpredictable, invariably funny, often poignant, and always entertaining way.
The Japanese version includes many precious color photos. One of 1985 last moments in Japan is the front cover.
“If we had the opportunity to ask Freddie about his relationship with Japan, he would have provided us with enough material to fill an entire book. There could have been several chapters on just his infamous shopping adventures alone! Tragically that is not possible, but his love for Japan, and Japan’s love for him, is still evident in this book from the occasions where he did expand on his love affair with all things Japanese. And thanks to the wonderful Shinko team, it is now possible for everyone in the country Freddie so adored, to carefully take in his words, imagine his voice, picture his playful smile and telling body language, and allow this book to take them – to some extent at least – inside his head.“
“Ever since the first time Queen performed at the legendary Nippon Budokan in 1975 the people of Japan have been loyal friends and supporters, and that mutual affection is clearly as strong now as it has ever been. So, Greg and I are very proud to be able to share our book in a country we know Freddie loved dearly, and are extremely grateful to Shinko for making it happen. We really hope readers have as much fun discovering more about the extraordinary icon that is Freddie Mercury through his personal thoughts and feelings, as we did compiling them into this book.“
Freddie Mercury ‘A Life, In His Own Words’ Japanese Edition will be released on 20th December on Amazon.co.jp.