“On her show, Freedia comes off as affable and grateful — belying her diva persona — and these traits are only solidified and expanded in the book.”

—Rolling Stone

"Freedia’s story is inspirational, a journey overcoming poverty and discrimination to become an internationally known star. The rise of Big Freedia is the rise of bounce, and God Save the Queen Diva! serves as a worthwhile encapsulation of that tale.”

— Pitchfork

“Whether detailing the highs or the lows, Freedia’s tales pop as much as the booty that made her famous.” 

— Out magazine

“In Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva (Gallery Books) the rapper goes deeper, with a tale that is as much a capsule history of the bounce-music world as it is his own story.” 

—Times Picayune


Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!
by Big Freedia and Nicole Balin

God Save the Queen Diva! (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) is the memoir by Nicole Balin and Big Freedia that chronicles the life of a poor choir boy from New Orleans who survived poverty, drugs, and bullying to become a world famous musical performer and reality TV personality. Channeling his pain through the music and culture of Bounce, Big Freedia is a icon for gender bending youth and is credited for bringing the "twerk" mainstream. Published in 2015, Big Freedia's memoir contains a gallery of childhood photos from Big Freedia's own collection and a guide to 'twerking like a pro.' The book is available on Amazon.com and anywhere books are sold.