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40 Years of Queen

by Harry Doherty

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For an oversized book the print is awfully small & difficult to see!

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Queen opened for Jimi Hendrix? Queen's logo is a combination of their astrological signs?

Freddie Mercury was Muslim & born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar, Africa, and sold clothing & art in a small Kensington barrow with Roger Taylor?

John May built his first electric guitar , has a PhD in astrophysics, founded his own guitar company, co-wrote "A Village Lost & Found", founded the U.K. anti animal cruelty group "Save Me", and has two solo albums?

John Deacon (aka deacon John) built a tape recorded to record songs from the radio & later used it as an amplifier for his guitar, was originally a guitar player but changed over to bass?

Roger Meddows-Taylor formed his first band at age eight playing ukulele, was awarded a choral scholarship to the "prestigious" private Truro Cathedral School, played w/ T-Rex, and studied dentistry at the London Hospital Medical School quitting his studies to play with Queen but returned to the university to finish a degree in Biology?

The book's chapters alternate between Queen's history, albums & band members' biographies. There are wonderful full color photos, pull-outs, fold-outs, and enclosures of programs, letters, photographs.... The only thing not included is an audio cd compilation of Queen's music, but as I already own one I'm not missing anything. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
This happens to be the best book ever created. And I say "created" instead of "written" because it's more than just a written book. It's got tons of extras inside, like reproductions of tickets, posters, letters by the band members -- it's freaking AWESOME! Any Queen fan would love it and even people who aren't fans would probably come away impressed.

The book starts out with the origins of the band as youngsters, where they grew up, how they got into music, their first bands and the formation of Queen. It covers each album, offering insights I haven't seen elsewhere, has lots of beautiful color photos and even covers major tours. Queen probably performed before more people than any band in history. 250,000 South Americans at two shows. 350,000 Ukranians at one show. Millions in Europe, America, Japan, Australia. One of the most successful bands of all time. Of course, the book covers Freddy's death and the subsequent formation of his trust set up to combat AIDS. That was a tragedy, but it didn't kill the band, as the release of their album Forever last month shows. Thank God Brian and Roger are carrying on the tradition.

This book is well written. My only complaint, and this is minor, is small font. But otherwise, it's a great book and I strongly, strongly recommend it! ( )
  scottcholstad | Jan 1, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 125000568X, Hardcover)

The first authorized, comprehensive history of one of the biggest rock bands ever, with never-before-seen photos and memorabilia, on their 40th anniversary 
 
Years after the death of their larger-than-life frontman Freddie Mercury, the music of mega-selling Queen endures. We've heard their songs in Wayne's World and Glee, and they helped give Lady Gaga her name. Their musical We Will Rock You has been seen by five million theatergoers in seven countries. Queen's had chart-topping success, and sold hundreds of millions of CDs, DVDs, and videos. They've broken records (biggest ever paying crowd, longest number of weeks on the charts) and received awards and accolades including induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. 
 
40 Years of Queen is the first authorized band book, and includes an introduction by Brian May and Roger Taylor. It tells the unique story of a fantastically talented and popular group of musicians whose sound and performances changed rock music. Featuring 200 photographs--some rare and never-before-published--and removable memorabilia, 40 Years of Queen is the book fans have been waiting decades for.

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40 Years of Queen is the first authorized band book, and includes an introduction by Brian May and Roger Taylor. It tells the unique story of a fantastically talented and popular group of musicians whose sound and performances changed rock music. Featuring 200 photographs--some rare and never-before-published--and removable memorabilia, 40 Years of Queen is the book fans have been waiting decades for.… (more)

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