Two decades after his untimely passing, Queen's Freddie Mercury remains a brilliantly vivid figure in the rock pantheon. With his bright star in the ascent, Caroline Coon interviewed the former Farrokh Bulsara for Melody Maker in late 1974——Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
There's nothing like a dearth of hero-stars to make a media industry writhe with despondency. Film moguls, unable to find successors to Monroe and Gable, are making a cult of anti-stars. But the pop industry needs the potent elixir, the excitement of using honest superlatives to sear through the blood, lifting the spirits. And pop scribes, like damp, weary pilgrims waiting for the dawn, have been aching to crown a new hero.
Then, just when the prognosis looked direst, with a dazzling whoooosh, darlings, up popped Freddie Mercury.
Suddenly we've discovered in our midst an exotic prancer, a quixotic chancer, an electronic Elgar who has penned some of the gaudiest, most soaring rock and roll anthems to be heard in a decade.Read More »from The Rock’s Backpages Flashback: Freddie Mercury, The Queen Bee of Rock