A disappointment. It started well. The chapters on Live Aid, Zanzibar, India and even the early band stuff (Sour Milk Sea, Ibex, Smile) were good. TheA disappointment. It started well. The chapters on Live Aid, Zanzibar, India and even the early band stuff (Sour Milk Sea, Ibex, Smile) were good. There were some rehashes, but the Live Aid chapter seemed like the book was ready to tell the tale from what drove Mercury as an individual and how that translated into the band's success.
Then, the book becomes a full-fledged romp into Mercury's bedroom. Band history is almost totally inconsequential except as a slight timeline. Not that Jones could change Mercury's history - it is what it is - but her approach is quite shallow. Mercury might have a tantrum every now and then, but they're not elaborated on and are buried under the rug. Neither he nor Queen can do wrong. There's a lot of glossing over. She does mention that they were looking to get out of the contract with Trident/Norman Sheffield as they were pitifully paid, but it's never mentioned how it happened, or that Mercury got the band sued over Death on Two Legs.
She brings up early that Mercury really had no problem with drugs, though he did them. When he wanted to quit cocaine, he did it cold turkey. Mercury's drug issues, to whatever extent they were, never feature in the story, except in very quick passing. There's no quotes over it, no quotes how serious it was, when he quit, what drove him to quitting. Zilch. Mercury can do no wrong.
Hope you're not curious about band relationships, as you're not going to get anything. There have been several works to explore it and if she wanted to switch the focus to his personal life that would be fine, but there is nothing about how his constant stream of boyfriends and occasional girlfriend affected the dynamic. It's not like there isn't enough suggestion in the band's catalog itself to believe it happened ([i]Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy[/i], the supposed Mary Austin-dedicated [i]Love of My Life, Get Down Make Love, Play the Game, Jealousy[/i], etc.). ...more