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Queen, On Camera, Off Guard [Hardcover]

Mark Hayward
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24 Nov 2011
Queen: On Camera, Off Guard includes a fantastic selection of rare images from one of the world's best-loved supergroups. Featuring pictures from 1969 to 1991, the images include the first ever photographs of Freddie Mercury as a performer with Ibex in Bolton in June 1969 taken by songwriter Chris Smith who recounts his experiences of the night. Further early images of Mercury include pictures taken at Ealing Art College and outside his flat in Shepherd's Bush where Queen's first official photo session took place in 1973. Images from their first Japanese tour, from the Fat Bottomed Girls cover shoot, on tour in South America with Mercury's boyfriend and many many more allow us to get closer to Mercury and the rest of the band than any previous book. Furthermore, many of the photographers of these amazing images give their insights and stories, providing an intimate insight into Queen backstage, onstage and at play.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (24 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059078
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Overall, this is a great book for those interested in Queen's background and exploring their past." --San Francisco Book Review.com

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Mark Hayward is an established collector of music and popular culture photography and memorabilia, who has gathered an unrivalled collection of material over the last 25 years. His previous books include The Beatles Unseen (Orion 2005) and The Rolling Stones, The Ronnie Wood Story.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I've been waiting for 23 Nov 2011
This book is great. I have lots & lots of books on my favourite band & I thought I had seen most, if not all, the photos there were. The early days stuff (pre Queen) is amazing! Where did they find those! Other reviews have mentioned that the latter years were glossed over somewhat but personally it is the early years that hold most interest. If the attendance at the 'Stormtroopers' exhibition in London this year is anything to go by, I am not alone.

The text, whilst not extensive, reads as if meticulously researched. I guess this is by Andy Davis as he used to be Record Collector editor and really knows his stuff. Again, the fact there is not too much text is brilliant - for me, this is a photo book and the words merely help. Having background on the images is a bonus too.

I especially love the shots by the van of Freddie & all his mates, off on tour. The double page spread of Ibex live is like the crown Jewels. It is totally blurry and you can only just make out Fred on stage but that is not the point. It is the only picture to feature him on stage at that period & deserves its place, in this book, across two pages.

My other favourite image is the newly leather clad Mercury. Amazing to see him in this environment, with those stage clothes on. It must have excited him to have the new kit & couldn't wait to show them off!

I expect there are loads of photos in Hayward's collection that didnt make the final edit. I, for one, am a jealous Queen fan! I am thankful though that this book has been published. You can tell it has had a lot of work put in by people who care about how things look & read. NOT another Queen cash in, rehashing the same old story & pics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Queen photo album 23 Nov 2011
This book is written by Mark Hayward, who owned Vinyl Experience, a rock memorabilia shop in London, and it is part of a series of books about rock bands "on camera, off guard" written by Hayward and published by Pavilion/Anova Books. The first two titles in the series were about the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. This latest book about Queen is quite expensive. It has a recommended retail price of 25. However, it is a good quality hard back which contains a lot of rare photographs of Queen, and so if you are an admirer of Queen, it is worth the purchase price.

The book includes some very interesting photographs of Queen's band members before they joined Queen. These early shots include a photograph taken in Truro of a sixteen year old Roger Taylor in a band called the Reactions, and some photographs of Freddie taken at Ealing College in 1968 by his friend Paul Humberstone. Later on there are also some high quality colour photographs of Queen in concert at the Paddock in Canvey Island, Essex taken on 22nd March 1974.

The book features some photo shoots from the recording of their promotional videos, including some interesting polariods taken during the filming of the 'It's a Hard Life' video at the Arri Film Stuios in Munich, Germany in June 1984. Roger Taylor described the 'It's a Hard Life' promotional film as the band's "worst ever video", but the book also includes some excellent colour photographs of my favourite Queen video, the 'Bicycle Race' video shoot taken at Wimbledon Stadium in South London on 17th September 1978.

As other reviewers have stated, the book does tend to concentrate on the early days and the 1970s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 17 Nov 2011
By Eugene
One of the best book about Queen. From all releases of this this year only two books are claim attention - "Queen 40" and "Queen on Camera, Off Guard". Many rare photos, good print quality, page size A4... It`s large and heavy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but not the best 24 Aug 2012
IIt's a good queen picture book with a lot of are never published Photographs.some of them are spread over two pages,amazing.also the bicycle race video shoot pictures are fantastic.on the other side sometimes its too much freddie and some pictures are too blurred and only 3 picture after '85 so the text on the cover(65-91)is misleading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RARE PHOTOS 8 Nov 2011
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good photos 3 Nov 2011
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This book just arrived this morning, and it has some good photos of the band relaxing and as the title says "off guard". Whilst the book states 65-91, it seems to skip from 1980 to 1991 in a relatively small number of pages. Some of the pics are a bit blurred, but still worth having in your collection if your a big Queen fan. Certainly glad i bought this book and i would recommend it.
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