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Mercury and Me (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Hutton , Tim Wapshott
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With a new introduction by Jim Hutton’s co-writer Tim Wapshott, Mercury and Me is the story of rock’s oddest couple. The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Hutton had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years after moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercury's death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury's closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie and Phil Collins to name a few. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes as well as a deep understanding of, Mercury's life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.

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The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Button had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years after moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercury's death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury's closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, Phil Collins to name a few. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes about as well as a deep understanding of, Mercury's life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2596 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 229 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1782924663
  • Verlag: CB Creative Books (24. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GVGB9Z2
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein ehrliches Buch 30. September 2009
Von daggeline
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15 years after the first edition of this book I eventually got my hands on it.
And it was a pleasure to read - it told me about another, very private sight, of Freddie Mercury and his lover/husband Jim Hutton.
I saw the videos of Mary, and Peter Freestone/Freddie's friends, made by the "Torpedo Twins" at youtube (The Untold Story) but interviews with Jim Hutton are very rare and mostly also very short.

Dear Jim,
I love you for writing this book and sharing your sight of your life with Freddie.
And I love you for your honesty - I don't think you or Tim Wapshott messed up anything.
I'm very sorry for you and Peter and Joe - the way it went wasn't that what Freddie wanted for you, that's clear as a Koi pond....
I hope you're fine and found some peace at heart.
And a (bad) translation from Tagore (famous indian poet):"Beautiful days - don't cry that they are gone - but smile that they have been...."
That's my most helpful thought at every single bad time.
You had have the love of your life - you've been loved too. ;-)
Best wishes and lots of love
Sabine
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Truly enjoyable and warm book 11. Juni 2013
Von Zzzz
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I have enjoyed this book very much..Very kind and down-to-earth way of writing..Many interesting details..Of course a bit (or a lot) sad story. But it left very ncie impression on me, pity that the author died as well, he seemed to be a very ncie guy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen People call it "cheesy", but it should be BACK IN PRINT 25. März 2000
Von "zara_azari" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
After I have read this book, I was angry with people, who either dismissed this book as Jim Huttons's weepy-cheesy attempt to make a quick buck from FM's death, or who ran Hutton down for "breaking confidentiality", by telling the TRUTH in this book. Both of those groups of poeple are COMPELETELY WRONG. Firstly, I, too, found this book a bit weepy in style, but later I realized that it was through no fault of Hutton's, but rather book's editor (Tim Wapshott, if my memory serves my right, who has a general tendency towards "over-dramatizing" things). Publishers, no doubt, also wanted a weepier version, so that people would be willing to buy a book from an unknown man. As for Hutton's atttempt to make money, let me remind you that while FM was alive nobody (public and fans) ever knew, who FM's "husband" was, much less his name...Hutton did not flash in front of the cameras (unlike some lovers of today's celebrities). So, it is unfair to say that Hutton tried to profit with this book. Instead, this book should be seen as his attempt to channel his grief towadrs something positive and to express his own feeings. I, personally, thank him for this book. Obviously, being an honest person, he did not idealize FM in his memories and THAT IS WHAT I LIKED BEST! . Let's also not forget that Hutton himself is affected with HIV, so it is good that we have this book to read, before it is too late. Secondly, people, who were offended by this book's intimate details, well... SORRY, but this is who FM was... not some angel, but a real person with his ups and downs, 100% gay man, who lived with another man, died from a painful decease, and had other things to think about (his past, his relation to God, his family, his loved ones) than his fans or press, while he was sick. I was especially touched by the last part of the book, where Hutton says something like.... "/for lovers/ not to waste time on stupid arguments and misunderstandings, because the day will come and it is gonna be too late...instead, just listen to your hearts, etc." I think it is a beautiful message, and that we could all learn something from Hutton/FM example.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Freddie was the Greatest Performer the world has seen 11. September 2003
Von P. Jacobs - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I couldn't put this book down. It is revealing. It does share intimate details. It does show the faces of Freddie. It does chronicle his deteriorating condition due to AIDS. It does show the not too flattering behavior of Freddie's inner-circle after his death. Would Freddie have wanted seven years of his life spilled out to the public in printed words? Probably not. Yet, I believe he would have understood Mr. Hutton's need to share this most important and wonderful part of his life with the world. I, for one, appreciate the work he put into this book, including the beautiful candid pictures of Freddie. It must have taken great effort to recall some of the more trying times. It is obvious from reading Mr. Hutton's account of Mary's behavior why this book was criticized by some for its revelations. However, he was very flattering towards her character preceding Freddie's death. Therefore, I believe if his account was false or based on anger towards Freddie's Will, he would have painted a different picture of her throughout the entire book. A super book for those who want to know what Freddie was like and how his illness affected him and those close to him. It was written in a very warm, affectionate, and honest manner.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Review 7. April 2012
Von Diane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Just finished this book. I've read both Peter Freestones book and this one and I think I liked this one better. Only because it seemed to flow a little bit better. Personally, I feel Freestone's book was much more respectful of the memories of life working and living with Freddie. Having said that. Do I believe everything that Jim wrote about? Hmmm, I wasn't there so I can't say. But permit me to share my opinions. Do i really believe that Jim had no idea whatsoever who Freddie Mercury was when he first met him? I find that hard to believe. Do I think they had this great love affair? Freddie had a penchant for keeping certain past loves employed by him so though I do believe they did have a romantic relationship, I'm not sure it lasted the full 6-7 years. Some of the things Jim writes about I feel we didn't need to know. That his last two words ever spoken where 'pee, pee', or the details of his final moments on earth. I don't know. It seems almost cruel, I hope that if anyone witnesses my last moments on earth, they have the dignity and respect to keep it to themselves or share only with close family. Some of his comments about freddie seem almost mean spirited, for example: He would put his hand up to cover the lower part of his face, especially when he guffawed like a donkey. Hmmm, I know he had help in writing this, but I would hope he had final say in what would be written in his book, maybe not? I find it interesting that people who are involved/associated with famous people choose to write about them AFTER they are gone. Could it be they know they would be ostrasized/disinherited if they chose to do so while that person is alive. Or maybe there is a law against it? I mean really, this man knew how private Freddie was. I read an somewhere where Jim said that he didn't believe it was Freddie's choice to make a final statement about his illness, that Freddie would have said "it's none of their business" REALLY? And yet Jim thinks that Freddie would think Jim's book IS our business? I don't know, even Mary has said some things about Freddie since his death I'm sure he wouldn't want made public, What? How come she never made public statements when he was alive? Oh yeah, he would have disinherited her. I don't know. Did Mary treat these men poorly. Again, one sided. She gave them the option to take things from the home. Gave them 3 months to find new accomidations. They weren't living on the streets during this time, they where living in another section of his property the 'Mews'. The section of the book where it explains that she stopped by and found that the alarm wasn't turned on. That would have angered me too. Here this woman is entrusted with his home (and i'm guessing all the personal papers, letters, mementos) of this man throughout his lifetime and not to mention the fact that I'm sure after his death there was probably an increase of fanatical fans trying to get inside his home, I probably would have done the same thing as she did. That's alot of responsibility for a person. I'm not sure i'm buying the "freddie wanted me to live there if i wanted after his death". This was not a foolish man. He would have had this written into his will. He had plenty of time to include this into his will if that was truly his decision. I'm guessing he knew or had a 'feeling' of the friction between Jim & Mary. I don't think Freddie for a second would expect Mary to live out her life with any of his ex lovers/friends as house mates. I do commend these three men for taking care of Freddie in his last years, especially his last days (though again, we really didn't need the deets) of those agonizing last moments. I wonder though, had Jim written this book while Freddie was alive (of course, minus the last moments of his life)what Freddies reaction might have been? I wonder if Freddie had written a book about their relationship, how that might have read. My point being. This is one sided. We'll never know the true story of Freddie Mercury and his inner circle because he chose not to write an auto-biography. Why? Because he was a private person. What i'm trying to say here is this - we are all very complex and how we interpet a situation will be diffent in how the other person involed may interpet the same situation. This story is one sided and there are simply two sides to every story when it involes two people. I think in the future when reading about famous people, I will stick to auto-biographies.

But at the end of the day i can say this much. Freddie Mercury was a flawed human being as we all are. He had a talent that he shared with the world. A man who was kind to his family, friends and fans. A man who is missed by many.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mercury and Me! Me! Me! 15. April 2008
Von Angela - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First off, I have to say I give this book only four stars because I believe it has elements of dishonesty.(I will go into that at the end of this review) This book seemed to be all about the Me(Hutton), trying to prove to the reader that he was the good guy in the relationship. That he suffered being the background lover to a rock star diva. Which is not true. It is obvious that Freddie Mercury deeply cared about those around him. Time has shown that most of those whom he was so close to did not continue their loyalty after he passed away. Freddie Mercury was human. He had flaws like all of us. Out of all the books I have read on Freddie, this book while at times moving was the most depressing. I know his death forever changed the world. But I would have liked to have seen those who said they cared about him be mature enough to carry on with dignity as he did in life. What this book does show, is that death, money are often the true reason why people react selfishly many times. One thing they all should have taken away from his death was to be generous, not just with money but with your heart. Freddie lavished them with extravagant gifts, yet he was really saying just love me for who I am, not for what the world wants me to be. To love someone behind the scenes, without expectation. I am sick to think that Jim felt slighted in what he called being made homeless by Mary; When in fact, Freddie had already paid for Hutton's home in Ireland before he died. On top of that he was given 500,000 GBP. Also Freddie bought Joe a home in London and left him the same amount. Peter aka: Phoebe, was also given the same amount of money. I found Peter's book aptly titled "Freddie Mercury, An Intimate Memoir of the Man who knew him best," to be the best book of the all of them. I felt he didn't drop names or tell any secrets that Freddie would have not approved. I think out of all the people who interacted with Freddie, the most insightful person was Peter Freestone. Many of those at the end, Mary, Joe and Jim all had intimate relationships with Freddie and one time or another. Mary and Jim were clearly vying for Freddie's attention. In the end time has shown Mary although her reaction wasn't exactly stellar, she has proven to be a true friend. She was there when he was Farokkh Bulsara, a struggling artist and she was there in the end, when he died as Freddie Mercury, the world's most unique rock star and friend. It was said in the book that Jim was told along with Mary that Freddie said he wanted his ashes buried under the cherry tree at Garden Lodge. I do not in any way believe Jim Hutton's account on this story. One thing in life Freddie hated more than anything was being seen by prying eyes of Paparazzi. He said he wanted to rest in peace. I know that Jim's account is not true. Mary said he told her, I just want to rest in peace, not to be dug up by anyone. I think in the end his intuition to leave Mary to secretly disperse of his ashes showed Freddie's depth in knowing people's motivations. He knew Mary would honor his wishes and she continues this day preserving his legacy with dignity and trust. I think this book is still a must read for all Freddie fans. But it left me feeling empty in the end. Maybe as a fan I received closure, and it was often difficult. Unlike most people who had problems about the deathbed scenes in the book, I think people who care for AIDS patients and the rest of the world need to see the devastation AIDS has brought to our world. In reading about Freddie's suffering, it humanizies him and tells people to we need to fight together to support our family, friends and colleagues who may be affected. Freddie Mercury's suffering showed ordinary people, they need not feel alone in their illness. I do suggest you buy this book. You won't be sorry, but it will leave you feeling uncertain as to where the real truth lies.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I'm not sure about this book yet, I'm marinating on it! 23. April 2009
Von Lola - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read this book and the book by Peter Freestone and of course when you are talking about two men who lived with the same guy, you are bound to read some things the same in each book, but I still not sure which one to believe.Let me ramble for a minute..Jim Hutton's book is a good way to find out about Jim & Freddie's life of course, as Peter's book is very detailed about his life with Freddie. But in Peter's book,he hardly mentions Jim at all. Now in Jim's book,he does mention Peter,but his role as Freddie's personal assistant is hardly talked about.Now who is telling more of the truth? As I was reading Peter's book, Peter and Freddie were very very close as if Peter and Freddie was joined at the hip. Peter was there a lot longer than Jim. Jim being since 1984-1985 until his death, and Peter being with Freddie for appoximately 13 years. Both books go into details about Freddie the man, lover, the compulsive shopper, the friend (as he was a very,very good and very generous man.)But he also had many,many one night stands.But at the end of Freddie's life, he tells all of them to take anything from the house that was given to them or that they bought for him. Of course everyone knows that Mary got the bulk of the estate;the house, Garden Lodge, money and all of Freddie's royalties for life. She is worth millions and millions.But Jim said that he was locked out of Garden Lodge, by Mary and he hardly got anything that was his. He says in the book that Freddie gave him the one and only copy of sheet music for Bohemian Rhapsody (the paper on which Freddie wrote the song),this in itself is probably worth gazillions!But he does not take it with him when he leaves?This would be the first thing I took with me on the way out of town! I wondered why Freddie left the house and other things to Mary and then I thought and thought and desided that although Jim was his 'man' as Freddie called him,boyfriends come and go and Mary was in his life since he was about 19-20 years old. She supported Freddie when he wanted to pursue the music business,and I feel that he always wanted to repay her for being his one and only true friend. Jim and Peter were given $500,000(pounds)which now equals around $750,000 and Freddie bought Jim a home in Ireland. I feel that Peter was the one who was shafted, but he would never, ever feel that way. Jim's book came out first in 1994 and Peter's in 1998. There is a repeat of some material in both books.I don't know what to think, and I have not even mentioned Joe!(500,000 also).I think that although Freddie had all the money and friends that anyone could hope for,he was a lonely and very insecure man.But he made it is life's will to make everyone happy that was around him.Jim and Peter are both very,very lucky to have been in his life and I'm sure they would both agree.Don't get me started on Freddie the musical genius! I know it's time to end, but I believe God gave us Freddie for a reason and his reason was completed on November 24th, 1991.

ps If you can, buy both books.They are good reads and they do come fom different points of view. If you are true Freddie fan, then both books will tell you just about all you want to know about Freddie the man. I did not even touch on Freddie's struggle in fighting this horrible disease called AIDS. That is a book in itself (unfortunately).
I have to address some of the untruths that have invaded Amazon about Freddie. First, he loved boarding school, this is where he learned about music, art and boxing, he was a very good boxer. This is also where he had his first sexual experience. He loved his parents and his sister, and he went every week to see his parents and have tea. His Mom would make cheese biscuits to take home with him. And believe they knew what was happening to him, they were'nt oblivious to what was going on. But he wanted to guard them from the press and maybe keep as much away from them as possible.He loved growing up in India. He loved going to the market and watching everything around him. He would go the water and play, had many friends. So he had a wonderful childhood, not a horrible childhood as some have stated. Second, as ragards to Mary, he loved Mary very, very much and they thought of getting married at one time. Mary wanted to get married and have children and he always felt guilty that he did not give that to Mary and I think this is why he was so generous to her. He was generous to everyone, but especially to Mary. In his religion it is very important that you are generous to your fellow man and that you are also very caring to people. I think that is why he was always so generous to everyone around him. Regarding his sexual appetite, Freddie was said to have had 'hundreds' of men in his life. At one time in his life, he had sex with a different person every night for quite a while.I think he tried to fill his loneliness with sex. He had to have someone to stay and sleep with him at night. He was always scared of staying by himself. It's kind of sad to think that a man who had so much really had so little. Even after he met Jim and Jim moved in with him, he still would cheat on Jim. Finally Jim gave him a ultimatum either him or the other men, and Freddie was with Jim from then on exclusively.I think that all in all Freddie was a tortured soul, but he found his happiness in making sure everyone around him happy. I found it funny in the book where Jim talks about Freddie and his inability to fire anyone that worked for him. He would just come up with another job to give them,because he did not have the nerve to do it! Also another funny story from the book, Freddie was seeing Bill Reid, I think that was his name, anyway Freddie and all the gang was staying at a fancy hotel and Freddie and Bill got into a physical fight and Freddie ran and knocked on Peter Freestone door and said "Let me in, I am going to sleep with you tonight". No sex went on that night, according to Peter. Lastly, I think that all geniuses have parculiar ways, but that is why they are so talented, their brains think a little bit more creatively then others. Thank God for that and thank God for Freddie!....I have so much more to say...but maybe at a later time..
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