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40 Years of Queen (AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION) [Hardcover]

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24 Sep 2011
Queen: one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen. Sell-out tours, chart-topping records and stunning success for four decades. Hundred of millions of CDs, videos and DVD's sold all over the world. They have broken records constantly: biggest ever paying crowd, longest number of weeks in the charts, headliners at the biggest festival ever and more. They have received accolades too numerous to list in full, but suffice to say 'Best Band', 'Best Album' 'Best Single', 'Best Video' and 'Best Live Act' feature again and again. They were indicted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and given their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. The Queen musical We Will Rock You has been shown in Australia, Spain, the USA, Russia, South Africa, Germany and Japan and has been seen by more than 5,000,000 people. 40 Years of Queen is an official publication, and has been approved at every stage by the band. It shows and tells the story of a fantastically talented and popular group of musicians who have retained an enormous fanbase throughout their entire history. The book showcases the band, its members, recordings and concerts through images and the written word, as well as through the unique pieces of memorabilia that are from the private collections of Queen's members. 40 Years of Queen gives fans unprecedented access to all areas, and the chance to get their hands on some amazing memorabilia for the first time ever: backstage passes, setlists, handwritten lyrics, unpublished album art, ultra-rare posters, original tour itineraries, postcards, limited-edition records, invites to the now-legendary tour parties, and more! Special items: Liverpool concert poster, Christmas 1973 Very early Rainbow poster 1974 Ticket from Rainbow concert, November 1974 First US tour press pack including press release, photos and poster, 1973 Hand-drawn tour map, Europe 1974 Four handwritten letters from the band to the Queen Fan Club, 1975 Bohemian Rhapsody blue vinyl record with cover, 1978 (paper facsimile) Race card from Kempton Park race course, A Day At The Races launch, 1976 Signed poster for A Day At The Races, offered by the fan club, 1976 EMI promotional flyer for A Day At The Races, 1976 Press release from US version of News of the World, 1977 European tour backstage pass, 1979 Unused ticket from Nagoya, Japan concert, 1979 European tour menu, 1978 Flash Gordon film premiere ticket, 1980 Invitation to the Hot Space end-of-tour party, 1982 Hot Space promo cube, 1982 Four handwritten song lyrics from The Works: I Want To Break Free (John); Hammer To Fall (Brian); It s A Hard Life (Freddie); Radio Ga Ga (Roger). Unused ticket to Knebworth, August 9, 1986 The Miracle promotional poster, 1989 Crazy tour poster, 1979 Sticker sheet Interview CD featuring all members of the band talking to Tom Browne on BBC Radio 1. Originally broadcast in December 1977. See an interview with Brian at the launch of the book: http://news.sky.com/home/showbiz-news/article/16082063

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Goodman Books; Har/Com edition (24 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847322271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847322272
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 30.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,051 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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational - a must have in the collection!! 5 Oct 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Made in Heaven? 7 Oct 2011
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVEN FOR EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 13 Nov 2011
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As close as you get to Queen 29 Oct 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 40 years of Mercury Magic!
A lovely book for us Queenies and great pics of the master " Freddie Mercury"
Long may Queen reign supreme with Fred.
Published 12 days ago by Ged
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, thank you.
Published 20 days ago by Teresa Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars brill except delivery
the product was fab however i requested that the parcel to be left at a neighbours if i werent in. this wasnt done even though my neighbours were in all day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by emil barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars I had a sneak peek before I wrapped and I was very happy with the pull...
This was brought as a birthday gift for my Dad, needless to say, I had a sneak peek before I wrapped and I was very happy with the pull outs, interview, posters and general feel of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure Miss Freddie
As other reviewers have said, this is a bang up job that Freddie would have been proud of. I've been a Queen fan since the early 70's and looking back on the older photos has been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeeplady
3.0 out of 5 stars So So...
We've had so many Queen bio's over the years and whilst this isn't really an in depth look at the band by any means, it does have something interesting bits and pieces. Read more
Published 3 months ago by alan
1.0 out of 5 stars Damaged
Had to return (brought as a present had to phone round local bookshops to find a replacement, had to do 30 mile round trip to replace it) cover damaged pages stuck together water... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars COLLECTORS ITEM
Published 5 months ago by no1wheatie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great music, great book with lots of pic and facts - just love it.
A must have for all Queen fans.
Published 6 months ago by Wenche Carstens
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB BOOK ON QUEEN + pockets of extras. And AUTHORIZED !!
The text within the 96 pages (inc the hardback cover) is written by HARRY DOHERTY. Both Brian May and Roger Taylor's forewords are exactly that; written before the book had been... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Paul Savory
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