Freddie Mercury: His Life in PicturesNew book 'The Great Pretender' features rare photos of the Queen singer
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This photo was taken in Mercury's flat, around the time the band was first coming together, circa 1970. "A lot of people forget that Freddie wrote a lot of songs on the guitar," says Thomas. "You can see the shyness. In those days, he hadn't found himself yet. Roger [Taylor, Queen's drummer,] often said he used to sing like a young lamb. It's quite nice to see that quiet side of him."