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Freddie Mercury var sangeren i ‘Queen’, og vi glemmer ham aldrig. Men selvom han blev superstar, og alle kan synge med på We are the Champions, så fik ikke ret mange bare et glimt af manden bag glitterfacaden. Han var den første store rockstjerne, der døde af aids, og Lesley-Ann Jones forsøger ikke at skjule hans vilde eksesser. En meget omfattende biografi, ikke blot om, hvordan verden så Freddie, men også om, hvordan han så på sig selv. Et indtagende og bevægende portræt af en af rockmusikkens mest komplekse og elskede personer. Bogen her er baseret på over 100 interviews med Freddies nærmeste, og Lesley-Ann Jones rejste rundt fra London, over Zanzibar og Indien for at lære hans liv at kende. * “Overbevisende definitiv, helt igennem Freddie, en energisk, underholdende og væsentlig biografi.” Sir Tim Rice “Ingen har bedre end Ann-Lesley Jones fanget Freddie Mercurys magiske, fortryllende dualisme.” The Times
'Through interviews with friends and colleagues, as well as detailed research, the writer has gained unprecedented knowledge of the true story behind the legend. This is a fascinating insight into one of the greatest artists of our lifetime.' Evening Standard'Through several interviews with Bowie she evocatively portrays his fascinating life, often with a tenderness you wouldn't expect.' Daily Express'An intriguing book. This is a personal friendship in writing. The knowledge divulged here is an endearing and powerful tale of a man who conquered the entire entertainment industry with his creative force.' VarietyA unique portrait of the globally revered artist and the extraordinary, complex man behind the legend.His music thrilled the generation it was written for, and has entertained and inspired every generation since. HERO: DAVID BOWIE is an intelligent exploration of the man behind the myths and the makeup told from the very beginning.Respected music journalist and biographer Lesley-Ann Jones knew David Jones from the days before fame, when he was a young musician starting out, frustrated by an industry that wouldn't give him a break and determined to succeed. Here she traces the epic journey of the boy from Bromley born into a troubled background to his place as one of the greatest stars in rock history.Jones has interviewed numerous friends and associates of Bowie, many of whom have never spoken publicly about him before. Drawing on this new material and meticulous research, the real story of Bowie's family background is told; the true inspiration behind the creation of Ziggy Stardust is revealed, and we learn how his marriage to Angie ended in agony following his comeback from a near fatal drug addiction. Jones also revisits Bowie's tragic relationship with his brother and his deep bond with T Rex frontman Marc Bolan. Bowie's rebellious nature, his many sources of inspiration and creativity, and his complex, intense personality are discussed here, creating a unique and compelling portrait of an extraordinary man. This is Bowie as you've never seen him before.
'Exactly the sort of tribute Mercury himself would have wanted' SPECTATOR'No one has captured better than Lesley-Ann Jones the magical, enchanting dualism of Freddie Mercury'THE TIMES'Truly definitive, truly Freddie, an energetic, entertaining and essential account'SIR TIM RICE'This book grabs you with its opening, then builds. Insight and anecdote in perfect harmony' SIMON NAPIER-BELL'At last a massive tribute to a massive talent'STEVE HARLEY, COCKNEY REBELThis is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those who were closest to Freddie, from childhood to death, Lesley-Ann has written the most in depth account of one of music's best loved and most complex figures. Meticulously researched, sympathetic, unsensational, the book will focus on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame. In her journey to understand the man behind the legend, Lesley-Ann Jones has travelled from London to Zanzibar to India. Packed with exclusive interviews and told with the invaluable perspective that the twenty years since Mercury's death presents, Freddie Mercury is the most up to date portrait of a legendary man.
*** By the Sunday Times bestselling author of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ***From mod folk artist to flower power pixie elfin to the king of glam rockers, Marc Bolan was the ultimate chameleon. His far-reaching musical and stylistic influence is more relevant today than ever with hits such as 'Ride A White Swan', 'Children Of The Revolution', 'Get It On' and 'Hot Love' as fresh and exhilarating as when first released. At the peak of his popularity during his lifetime Bolan was outselling Jimi Hendrix and The Who, and yet relatively little is really known about the hypnotic, enigmatic 20th century boy turned 21st century icon. At last, in the 35th anniversary year of his tragic death, Marc Bolan represents the definite biography. Here rock biographer, Lesley-Ann Jones, paints a meticulous portrait of the T-Rex front man. From his childhood growing up in Hackney to his untimely death at the age of 29, Bolan's life was one of relentless experimentation and metamorphoses. Hallucinogenic drugs, wizardry and levitation, alcoholism, tax evasion and a spectacular fall from grace were to punctuate his short life, as he continued to strive to reinvent himself and his music over and over again. Lesley-Ann has been granted access to those who knew Bolan best, including his partner and the mother of his only son, Gloria Jones and his brother, Harry Feld.
Late on 8 December 1980, the world abruptly stopped turning for millions, as news broke that the world's most beloved bard had been gunned down in cold blood in New York city. The most iconic Beatle left behind an unrivalled catalogue of music and legions of faithful disciples - yet his profound legacy has brought with it as many questions and contradictions as his music has provided truths and certainties.In this compelling exploration, acclaimed music biographer Lesley-Ann Jones unravels the enigma that was John Lennon to present a complete portrait of the man, his life, his loves, his music, his untimely death and, ultimately, his legacy.Pulling back the many layers, Jones closely tracks the life events and personality traits that led to Lennon living in self-imposed exile in New York, where he was shot dead outside his apartment on that fateful autumn day.Who, or what, really killed John Lennon? And when did the 'real' John Lennon die?Using fresh first-hand research, unseen material and exclusive interviews with the people who knew Lennon best, Jones' search for answers offers a spellbinding, 360-degree view of one of the world's most iconic music legends. Who Killed John Lennon? delves deep into psyche of the world's most storied musician - the good, the bad and the genius - forty years on from his tragic death.
John Lennon grundete mit den Beatles die erfolgreichste Band der Musikgeschichte, er schuf mit "e;Let It Be"e;, "e;Help!"e; oder "e;Imagine"e; Songs, die jedes Kind kennt und war das Gesicht der Friedensbewegung. Die Erfolgsbiografin Lesley-Ann Jones beleuchtet Lennons Leben aus heutiger Perspektive ganz neu. Sie bereiste von Liverpool uber Hamburg bis New York und Tokyo alle wichtigen Stationen in seinem Leben und machte zahlreiche Weggefahrten ausfindig - darunter auch solche, die sich bisher nicht offentlich geauert haben, wie Andy Peebles: Der BBC-Journalist fuhrte zwei Tage vor Lennons Ermordung das letzte Interview mit ihm. Ein Buch fur eine neue Generation von Fans und fur alle, die noch genau wissen, wo sie am Tag von Lennons Ermordung waren.
"e;We Are the Champions"e;, "e;I Want to Break Free"e;, "e;Bohemian Rhapsody"e;, "e;We Will Rock You"e; oder "e;Another One Bites the Dust"e; - die groen Hits der Band Queen kennt jeder. Doch wie wurde aus dem 1946 in Sansibar geborenen Beamtensohn Farrokh Bulsara der schillernde Weltstar Freddie Mercury? Sein Privatleben hielt er stets weitestgehend aus der Offentlichkeit heraus. Lesley-Ann Jones war als junge Rockjournalistin einige Jahre mit Queen auf Tour und ist seitdem eng mit der Band befreundet. Fur dieses Buch bereiste sie alle wichtigen Stationen in Mercurys Leben und sprach mit seinen Weggefahrten. Zahlreiche Fotos runden den Text ab. So entsteht ein sehr personliches und intimes Portrat eines der groten Rockstars aller Zeiten. Queen verkauften insgesamt ber 320 Millionen Tontrger, ihre Greatest Hits sind mit weltweit ber 32 Millionen verkauften Exemplaren eines der erfolgreichsten Alben aller Zeiten. Freddie Mercury wird von seinen Fans auch 25 Jahre nach seinem Tod noch genauso geliebt und gefeiert wie zu Hochzeiten seiner Band. "e;Genau die Wrdigung, die Mercury sich gewnscht htte"e;The SpectatorLesley-Ann Jones war lange mit Queen auf Tour und sprach mit ber 100 Weggefhrten