"Queen" : The Illustrated Biography

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They were renowned for stunning live performances, envied for rumors of their rock n roll excess, and beloved for their music, occasionally anthemic and always virtuosic. Nearly twenty years after the death of their engaging and supremely talented front man, Queen remains the archetypal larger-than-life rock band, comfortably enthroned among rock royalty. Now, to celebrate the majesty of Queen s contributions to rock, here s the first-ever complete illustrated history of the band.With glorious concert and candid off-stage photography from throughout the band s career, as well as concert posters, backstage passes, LPs and singles, and other memorabilia from throughout the world, this is the ultimate visual tribute to Queen. More than 500 photos and artifacts are accompanied by contributions from some of today s top rock journalists from Europe and North America. In addition to a chronological history of the band, there are reviews of all studio albums, notable excerpts from period publications, complete year-by-year tour dates, and a discography, as well as reflections on the band and their music from many of rock s top performers past and present, including Slash, Tommy Lee, and Billy Squier.Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon combined a dizzying array of influences and genres in creating what would become one of the most compelling catalogs and lasting legacies in rock. Here is the book that dares to match that bombast."

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 243.84 x 276.86 x 30.48mm | 1,678.28g
  • Voyageur Press Inc
  • StillwaterUnited States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 300 colour, 100 black and white
  • 0760337195
  • 9780760337196
  • 107,246

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The "ultimate" book on Queen, arguably the most underrated (in the U.S.) rock and roll band ever, had to be as bombastic and colorful as the band itself. Everything Queen is here: Rare and not-so-rare black and white and color photos, biographical and chart info, detailed discography and tour info, and album-by-album reviews. The book has an obvious fan appeal, but is objective enough to deal with the most delicate issues in Queen's history intelligently: Paul Rodgers (the former Bad Company frontman who "led" the infamous Queen + Paul Rodgers concoction) ain't no Freddy Mercury, but the music he did with Brian May and Roger Taylor wasn't as bad as we think; that 1982's "Hot Space," justly vilified when it came out, is now a semi-classic; and how Mercury, unfairly criticized for keeping his illness a secret during his last days, became a champion for AIDS-awareness in death. Most importantly, the book understands why Queen was a great band: Yes, they may have betrayed their own "no synthesizers" mantra when it was convenient to do so, but any band that can play and sing that well, and that can produce so many hits ranging from hard-rock to metal, to silly but instrumentally intricate music-hall and operatic gems, has the right to kill its own rules. A must for Queen fans and latecomers. Coffee-table books on rock bands usually fall into one of two categories; either they're chock-full of great visuals with very little textual information, or the book looks like the U.S. tax code with a few snapshots thrown in. Thankfully, music journo Sutcliffe got it right both ways with this work, a must-have under the tree for any Queen fans on your list.Though utilizing mostly previously published interviews, Sutcliffe offers a detailed and comprehensive history of the band from their early days (when three-fourths of the classic lineup was known as Smile) up to their appearance during last season's ""American Idol"" finale. In addition, rock scribes and stars alike chime in on the band's albums, music, and impact....The real treat of ""Queen"," though lies in the 500+ photos of the band in action and memorabilia including vintage backstage passes, T-shirts, record sleeves from around the world, and posters. Ironically, many of the tour laminates - designed by Mercury himself - feature scantily clad or nude women, many of them (of course), fat bottomed girls. -- Houston Press

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Renowned for their electrifying live performances and beloved for their music, Queen created one of the most compelling catalogs and lasting legacies in rock. The first book befitting this larger-than-life rock band features: " "* More than 500 photos and artifacts from around the globe, including stunning performance and offstage photographs (dozens of them previously unpublished), handbills, posters, backstage passes, tickets, T-shirts, LPs, and singles.* A specially commissioned band history and an extensive discography, both by longtime U.K. music writer Phil Sutcliffe.* Sidebars and imagery from top rock writers and photographers like Jon Bream, Jim DeRogatis, Harry Doherty, Greg Kot, Daniel Nester, Denis O'Regan, Neal Preston, Michael Putland, Mick Rock, Sylvie Simmons, and many more.* Exclusive insights, personal artifacts, and ultra-rare photography from the longtime head of Queen's road crew, Peter Hince, as well as producer and personal friend Reinhold Mack.* Plus, specially gathered comments and reflections from longtime Queen and Freddie Mercury friend and collaborator Billy Squier, as well as Slash, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Chris Squire of Yes, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Geddy Lee of Rush, Neil Diamond, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Adele, Kid Rock, and more!

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Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon--they were renowned for electrifying live performances, envied for rumors of rock 'n' roll excess, and beloved for music that melded an array of genres. To celebrate Queen's music and accomplishments, here's the first history befitting this larger-than-life rock band.Packed with stunning performance and offstage photographs--dozens of them previously unpublished--as well as handbills, posters, backstage passes, tickets, T-shirts, LPs, and singles gathered from around the globe, this is the ultimate visual history for Queen fans everywhere. All told, more than 500 photos and artifacts are accompanied by specially commissioned works from a host of today's top rock journalists in Europe and North America. A history of the band written by longtime U.K. music writer Phil Sutcliffe spans the pre-Queen years to current work with Paul Rodgers. Complementing this thorough account are reviews of all studio and live albums; complete year-by-year tour dates; an extensive annotated discography; reflections on the band and their music from some of rock's top performers past and present; and exclusive insights from former crew chief Peter Hince, longtime producer Reinhold Mack, and Mercury collaborator Billy Squier.Queen created one of the most compelling catalogs and lasting legacies in rock. Little surprise, then, that forty years after their debut, they are enthroned among rock royalty. Here is the book that dares to tackle their towering achievements.

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About Phil Sutcliffe

London-based journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974 and has interviewed greats such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, and Queen. Phil is also the author of Voyageur Press' "AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History."

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