There're so many biographies of Freddie, that the term "The definitive" makes me hard to believe it's gonna be the last one, lol!, especially coming from Jones. I agree is sad that young fans buy and believe inaccurate things, but I think if they're really interested in the band, they'll do some research, got to reliable sources and make comparisons, or at least, that's what a hope.
Lesley Ann Jones’ book is great!! I consider it a bible for all Queen fans. It gives us fans so many new insights. All things written in the book are very accurate. There are no lies or false information in it and you can see that she loved Freddie. It’s written with such passion!!
Hey, OP, the biggest problem with this book is not too many hardcore fans find it tolerable to accept some statements made in it. I only read the original 1998 version (or something like that) and I found her extensive depiction of Zanzibar pretty compelling, her excerpts from interviews with Barbara Valentin were also very good, I thought. Then it contains a lot of "insider's knowledge" which were obviously questioned over the years, but I can only say that - my gut feeling is she actually liked Freddie the person/the rockstar and at the same time was indeed the "fair cop" Brian would like (us) to think the movie is. Enjoy your read.
I agree with k-m and also read the 1998 version of the book.
It seems she went pretty deep with her research on his time in Zanzibar and Panchgani. It was the first bio that i read on Freddie and treated it as gospel for a long time. I can't really remember much of it now though, as it has been a while that read it.
Sweetandtenderhooligan, I fixed it for you: "It’s sad so many young fans are watching this film around Christmas and will take it as truth." ;-)