Freddie Mercury, portrait by Origa, pen&ink on paper, ecoline color, 2015 (Alberto Cabras private collection)

«Years ago I thought up the name Queen… It’s just a name, but it’s very regal, and it sounds splendid. It’s a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of the gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it»

«An interview? Oh, don’t be ridiculous»

«I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear!»

«Fuck today, it’s tomorrow»

«May you all have champagne for breakfast»

«The way I look at myself if I ever do is is that I’m a man of extremes. I have a very soft side and a very hard side, and there’s no half measures with me»