Here are previously unknown and startling facts about the singer and his life, moving detail on his lifelong search for love and personal fulfilment, and of course his tragic contraction of a then killer disease in the mid-1980s.
Woven throughout Freddie's life is the shocking story of how the HIV virus came to hold the world in its grip, was cruelly labelled 'The Gay Plague' and the unwitting few who indirectly infected thousands of men, women and children - Freddie Mercury himself being one of the most famous.
The death of this vibrant and spectacularly talented rock star, shook the world of medicine as well as the world of music. Somebody to Love finally puts the record straight and pays detailed tribute to the man himself.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-09
- Reviewer: Staff
The team behind the ill-conceived Michael Jackson biography 83 Minutes returns to weave together the histories of Freddie Mercury and HIV/AIDS, the disease that took his life, in this clunky and poorly constructed work. Richards and Langthorne use a handful of broad historical coincidences to tie man and illness together in the name of heightening the melodrama that so intensely suffuses their narrative from its beginning. Clarity-fogging run-on sentences do the heavy lifting of actually delivering information about the spread of HIV so that more energy can be spent on speculating on Mercurys sexuality. The authors consistent insistence that Mercury was gay rather than bisexual is faintly stunning, given Mercurys passionate relationships with women such as Mary Austin and his own statements confirming his love for both men and womenmany of which are not included in this book, apparently because they violate the authors thesis. Its a shame that Richards and Langthornes ostensible purposeto pay tribute to the needless victims of AIDS and homophobiais overshadowed by their desire to sensationalize the life and death of an international music icon. (Nov.)