Most of you are thinking “Who the hell is Farrokh Bulsara?” That was the real name of Freddie Mercury. Today is his birthday. Had he not died from complications due to AIDS in 1991 he would be 70 years old today.
He was also one of the most awesome musicians in history.
I mean we’re talking up there with Beethoven, Mozart and all the other great masters. He made music that was completely unlike else was doing. In an era of heavy metal and disco he was unique.
But Freddie Mercury’s most significant contribution to history was helping to normalize homosexuality. Until 1974 homosexuality was officially considered a mental disorder according to the DSM-II. Homosexual sex (aka “sodomy”) continued to be a crime in some states until the remaining sodomy laws were invalidated by the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas.
Freddie Mercury was one of a handful of artists (including Elton John) who made it okay to be gay. His death from AIDS helped bring the disease out of the shadows.
Rest in peace.
BTW: My first concert experience was supposed to be Queen and Thin Lizzy, but the concert was cancelled. My first time ended up being with Kiss and Cheap Trick.