“I always knew I was a star, and now the rest of the world seems to agree with me.”

One of the all-time great singers, songwriters, and artists ever to come out of the UK rock & roll scene, Mercury’s sublime voice and overwhelming personal magnetism continue to attract acclaim decades after his death. The son of conservative Zanzibaras immigrants, Mercury crafted a public persona marked by his flamboyant style, open pansexuality, daring musical craftsmanship, and star-making ambition that brooked absolutely no compromise. He also–tragically but fatefully–became one of the most prominent faces of the HIV crisis in the early 1990s.