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Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
An Illustrated Life

A vibrant illustrated biography packed with colorful, high-impact drawings capturing the flair, innovation, and dazzling energy that made Freddie Mercury and Queen transcendent superstars.

Sales restrictions: Not for sale in the United Kingdom
May 2020
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136 pages | 6.625 x 8.25 |

The music of Queen and powerhouse lead singer Freddie Mercury are best experienced with the volume turned all the way up. Alfonso Casas’s Freddie Mercury delivers a sonorous homage to the formidable singer and the turning points that produced a game-changing body of music that continues to inspire fans around the globe.

First published in Spain and now available worldwide, this luminous work covers Freddie's three “births”: his birth as Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar; his adoption of the last name of Mercury and the launch of Queen with Brian May and Roger Taylor; and the emergence of the lasting legend after Freddie’s death at the age of forty-five. Casas's evocative illustrations highlight the key moments in the singer’s transformation from child prodigy to superstar, bringing to life the bold innovator who broke free of his conventional upbringing. Chronicling events from Freddie’s marriage to Mary Austin and early fame in London’s 1970s glam scene, to the making of multiple megahits (including the six-minute chart-topper “Bohemian Rhapsody”), to his final years in a lasting relationship with Jim Hutton, Freddie Mercury is an exhilarating, poignant portrait of a creative genius who lived life to the hilt.

  • Prologue
  • Intro
  • Ballad
  • Guitar Solo
  • Opera
  • Rock
  • Coda

Alfonso Casas
Barcelona, Spain

Ned Sublette
New York, New York

Alfonso Casas is the author and illustrator of several graphic novels, among them Amores minúsculos, which was adapted for the stage, and El final de todos los agostos. He is also the author of Se(nti)mental.

Ned Sublette is a musicologist and author of four previous books, including Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo.


“Through Casas' evocative and vibrant illustrations, [Freddie Mercury] tells the story of Freddie Mercury's three 'births:' from his childhood, growing up as Farrokh Bulsara in Tanzania, to Queen's launch to his death at 45.”

“A beautifully illustrated biography of Freddie Mercury…Casas lovingly presents a creative take on the life of Freddie Mercury through the use of dozens of vibrant drawings.”
OutWord Magazine

“[Freddie Mercury] is an appealingly modest book: Casas aims to let Mercury shine, but his striking illustrations shine in their own right as well.”
The Current


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This book may also be available on the following library platforms; check with your local library:
3M Cloud Library/bibliotheca