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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Goodman Books; Har/Com edition (24 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847322271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847322272
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 3.9 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lavish new history of one of the world's greatest rock bands --Telegraph Weekend

New book by a journalist friend helps Queen live forever. UNSEEN photographs of Queen are the centrepiece of a lavish new book by a writer who knew the band for 40 years. Queen s remaining members have given their blessing to 40 Years Of Queen, written by journalist Harry Doherty. --Metro

For the 40th anniversary Goodman are publishing an incredible book, containing previously unseen items of memorabilia..... --Johnnie Walker, Radio 2

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mick Lynch on 13 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Queen have never done things by halves. From that debut self-titled album through their whole career they've always pushed boundaries and wanted to be the best, and give the best whether it be in their music, promotional videos, or live stage shows.
Now a new official book '40 years of Queen' has just being released and I mean it when I say it, you have to have this book. Okay, Queen fans probably have a shelf full of books over the years detailing their history, discography etc, but this book is different.
It comes housed in a solid casing which means it'll still be in the same condition in 40 years time, and has a lovely foreword written by both Roger and Brian. The book starts out with that aforementioned debut album and each section is devoted to a particular album, as well as pages devoted to each individual member, as well as features on `South America 1981', `Rock In Rio' `Live Aid' `Queen At the Movies', `Queen Live' and `The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert'.
As well as that there are loads of rare photos from the very early year's right up to their final gigs in 1986, including one of Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury taken in 1980.
There is some fascination little snippets throughout e.g. On the credits on the debut album if says "and nobody played synthesiser", to the Ben & Jerry ice-cream flavoured "Bohemian Raspberry, and the witty telegram Groucho Marx sent them after the success of A Night At the Opera, and preceding A Day At The Races.`
There's interesting bits like Michael Jackson convincing them to release `Another One Bites The Dust' as a single, to Bowie insisting they remove his vocals from `Cool Cat' a day before the album was released, to their refusal to film a second video for `I Want To Break Free' for the U.S.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Rouden on 5 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was almost floored when I got it in the mailbox. Awesome work, the graphics is top notch, some pictures never seen. It's like a bible through the journey of Queen (but easy to read).
And especially all the old posters, press kits, pictures squeezed between the informative text by Harry Doherty makes it a treasure.
And like Brian May said on the release night: "A fantastic toy, a relic"

A must have in the collection. A perfect gift!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David J. Houdmont on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I pre-ordered this item, I thought it would be forever delayed - a mirage of a book that might be released some time this year, the 40th anniversary of Queen. I ordered it on a whim, and hoped for the best. I was shocked by what a beautifully presented book it was when it arrived - larger than life - on my doorstep. This product has exscelled my expectations in both its writing, photographs, and memorabilia. The book is not written by Queen, just a foreward from Brian and Roger, but the style of the journalist who has thread a miread of rare and previously unseen photos together into a chronological prose is second to none. The re-created fan memorobilia from the Archives is wonderful: almost each page cointains a fold-out poster from the 70s, an invite to the New Orleans opening party, a "Hot Space" cube... things you never knew existed, but your life, if you are an avid Queen fan, will be enriched by these mementos, not to mention the Interview Disc too.
A bargain.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AnkaraReader on 29 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Being a huge Queen fan, I ordered this book without giving it much thought. Well, I was pleasently surprised when I received it. While the writing doesn't include much that a Queen fan wouldn't know about, the visual stuff included like the facsimiles of handwritten lyrics is amazing! It really makes one feel as if you were right there with them, or as if they were sharing a memory with you.

Chapters cover each album and group member one by one as well as touching on interesting matters such as "Queen in movies" which I found more interesting than the other chapters. Also the information on the early days of Queen was kind of interesting I must say.

The book is really fun and entertaining because it gives you so much to discover. I turned the pages wondering what I would find in the next page so it kept me excited and interested til the end.

I recommend this to all interested in having a general idea about Queen and would like to have a fun book with "toys" included. No need to say, a must for all Queen fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Collector on 24 Jan. 2012
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This book is an official Queen book, which makes it much more reliable than any other book written on Queen. It also meets the standards of the band with it's design, memorable replica of items from different periods (~30 items: posters, ads, etc.) and its very high quality. The book itself is a hardcover book.

I do recommend buying the UK version book, which includes an outer box (slipcase) and a CD which includes interviews with the band. The back cover of the book differs as well. However, there are no differences in the contents of the book itself. They are identical within - page by page.

Queen fans will buy this book anyway. I guess this book won't include anything new for them. But they won't regret having it.
For everyone else, who wants to have a memorable book about the band, this is the most recommended book for them to own.

A beautifully designed photographic book, with lots of memorabilia replica. Contains a brief history of the band, it's members, their albums, main live performances (Wembley, Live Aid...). The essential things anyone must know about the band.

If you are looking for an in depth story of Queen or their members, then this is not the intention of the book.
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