Brian May's Red Special

The Story of the Home-made Guitar that Rocked Queen and the World

Brian May, Simon Bradley
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This book offers a full exploration of every aspect of this extraordinary, hand-built musical instrument played by Brian May in Queen. It includes rare photographs of the Red Special, Brian and his father, Queen and from the set of the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

In Brian May's Red Special you will discover everything about Brian May's unique, home-made guitar. Brian reveals all, from the guitar's origins to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody to opening the Academy Awards in 2019 where the film scooped four Oscars. All of this is accompanied by original diagrams, sketches and notes from the building of the guitar, as well as a selection of classic photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and even an X-ray. Rare images are included throughout, as the entire guitar was dismantled and photographed for the book.

Author bio:

In 2007 Brian May, best known as the lead guitarist of the supergroup Queen, completed the PhD in astrophysics that he abandoned when Queen first started to find fame. He has his own personal column where he writes about topics including astrophysics, music, photography and his life experiences. He continues to tour with Queen + Adam Lambert.

Simon Bradley has been a guitar journalist since 1996, and he has written hundreds of articles and interviews on all aspects of the instrument for many magazines and web sites including Guitarist, Total Guitar, What Guitar?, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Future Music,,, and many more.

Category: Music
ISBN: 9781787390782
Edition No: 2
Table Of Contents: Introduction by Brian May.
Father to Son.
A Guitar is Born.
The Works.
The Queen Days.
On the Roof.
Revisiting the Past.
From Feltham to Hollywood.
Acknowledgements and credits.
Publisher: Welbeck
Imprint: Welbeck
Pub Date: December 2020
Page Extent: 160
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Music