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Queen, On Camera, Off Guard Hardcover – 24 Nov 2011
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""A rare, candid view of two iconic rock groups." --Library Journal ""on" The Beatles: On Camera, Off Guard "and" The Rolling Stones: On Camera, Off Guard
"This is a great book for those looking to see what Queen did when they weren't being Queen." --San Francisco Book Review.com
"Overall, this is a great book for those interested in Queen's background and exploring their past." --San Francisco Book Review.com
About the Author
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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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.
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. There is relatively little coverage of the 1980s and early 1990s, hence the reason for me giving the book only four stars rather than five, although even in the later chapters there are some gems, including a good photo of Freddie wielding a Fender Telecaster at Wembley during the Live Aid concert on 13th July 1985. The text, whilst not extensive, provides a good commentary on the photographs.
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a nice addition to my Queen book collection.
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