24 October, 2020

Still Loving Him

If I could speak to the late Farokh Balsara, it would be to ask him, “What’s a nice Parsi boy like you doing in a biography like this?”

Still Loving Him
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If I could speak to the late Farokh Balsara, it would be to ask him, “What’s a nice Parsi boy like you doing in a biography like this?” As biographies of popstars go, Lesley-Ann Jones’s book is adequate. It covers the ground, cruises the highs and lows of success and doubt and enters the personal soul and conscience of the ‘genius’ the world knows as Freddie Mercury.

Jones has—after travelling with Freddie, interviewing him, partying with him, cremating him—thoroughly explored the perceptions that his band members, associates and partners had of him. We have here first-hand accounts of events and estimates of the man, the talent and the dilemma. The Parsi boy’s life in Zanzibar and his sojourn in St Peter’s school in Panchgani are engaging and the story of his secretive passing away in the grip of aids is moving. In between there is the story of the struggle and success of a pop group.

No doubt the account of which recording entailed which number of tracks and an...

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