15 November, 2010

Mercury And Me

I love when stuff I order arrives long before the estimated delivery date. According to Amazon, I was supposed to get Mercury And Me by Jim Hutton somewhere between December 6th and December 17th. So you can imagine my joy that it arrived today :-)

Obviously, I haven't read it yet, but there are three sets of photos. Even if some of them can also be found in Phoebe's book, but that isn't the point.

After Jim Hutton died, I had my reservations about ordering it. I think at one point, a used copy cost $60something plus shipping. So I waited until recently when it would be less than $30.

I love Queen and Freddie a lot, but as a man who doesn't make a whole lot of money (but is shockingly careful with what he has) it isn't often that I'll spend a huge amount on a used item.


  1. Totally worthwhile purchase; it's a good read :)

  2. Jim and I were very close friends for the best part of 20 years. I still haven't had the heart to go back home and visit. The pain is still to raw, I'm not 100% sure I'd be able to cope dealing with the reality of it all - even all these months later.
    Anyway, I'm rambling. Enjoy the book. He was very proud of it.
    - Paddy
    PS: One little note: Mercury & Me was published a number of years prior to Phoebes tome, so any photographs that reappear there were after they first appeared in Jims book from his private collection. I have a different shot from the cover photo that Jim gave to me in a frame in my bedroom.