Freddie Mercury was a musician, a performer, an icon. A new book, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender ($34.99, Insight Editions) contains photographs from the private collections of his parents, as well as Brian May, and portraits by famous photographers including Snowdon and Mick Rock.
Officially sanctioned and coinciding both with the release of a new documentary about Mercury's life, and the re-release of his recording Barcelona with Montserrat Caballé, this is a celebration of a unique life whose real story is only now being told.
With a new movie starring Sacha Baron Cohen in the works, this is the time to start learning about the remarkable tale of the boy from Zanzibar.
Here's a selection of fabulous photographs from the book: