Monday, March 11, 2013

Freddie & Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody by Mike Dawson

Do you have music that instantly transports you to another time and place in your life? Pop music can do that because it touches a part of memory that's deeply emotional and close to the heart.

For Mike Dawson, the soundtrack of his life was written and performed by Queen. He's introduced to the legendary rockers' music when he's about nine, and he becomes a little obsessed: He tracks down lyrics, memorizes songs, collects albums, and drives everybody around him a little bonkers with the constant conversation about all things Queen. And remember - this is pre-internet, so it was a lot more work to be this kind of fan, back in the day! OMG does that make me feel old.

This graphic novel tells the story of Mike's growing up and becoming a man, accompanied by his obsession and fantasies about Queen and Freddie Mercury. It's a funny book, and a very relatable story - even if you weren't (aren't) a Queen fan, chances are that you've had these same feelings about some other band or artist.

You'll cringe at Mike's pre-adolescent talent contest performance of Bohemian Rhapsody. You'll recognize the PLEADING to get your parents to take you to a concert. And you may even recognize the reflection and rediscovery that an adult perspective shines upon childhood interests.

No comments: