Freddie Mercury on Death and Poetry

Not made for heaven! I wonder where he could be.

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Today marks the 29th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death: the Queen front-man died in 1991 from bronchial pneumonia followinghis AIDS diagnosis.

He said:
“When I’m dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.”

“Oh, I was not made for heaven. No, I don’t want to go to heaven. Hell is much better. Think of all the interesting people you’re going to meet down there”

Here are here are two more quotes on poetry by the rock star himself:

“People are always asking me what my lyrics mean. Well I say what any decent poet would say if you dared ask him to analyse his work: if you see it, darling, then it’s there.”

“True poetry is for the listener.”

“Quando sarò morto, voglio essere ricordato come un musicista di qualche valore e spessore.”

“Oh, non sono stato creato per il paradiso. No, non voglio…

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