Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Brian May of Queen to release Red Special guitar book

"Brian May's Red Special: The Story Of The Home-Made Guitar That Rocked Queen And The World”, will be published on October 21.

Future Queen axeman Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true.

Brian went on to play his guitar on every Queen album and in all of the band’s live shows around the world.

Written by May with author Simon Bradley, the book will help readers discover everything they ever wished to know about his unique instrument. Brian talks about every aspect of the Red Special, from its birth to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics — and beyond. All of this is accompanied with original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar, as well as a great selection of photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and x-rays.

"My dad and I decided to make an electric guitar," explains May. "I designed an instrument from scratch, with the intention that it would have a capability beyond anything that was out there, more tunable, with a greater range of pitches and sounds, with a better tremolo, and with a capability of feeding back through the air in a 'good' way.'"

While May is best known to the world as the lead guitarist of Queen, he has a PhD in astrophysics and is an expert in 3-D photography. He co-wrote "Bang! The Complete History Of The Universe" with Chris Lintott and Patrick Moore, "A Village Lost And Found" with Elena Vidal, and "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell" with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming.

May and Queen just completed an Australia tour with vocalist Adam Lambert, and will now play two dates in New Zealand this week as part of their 2014 world tour.

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