Author: Martin Popoff
Publishing: Quarto Publishing Group/ Voyageur Press
Pub Day: November 13, 2018- already out!
Description from Netgalley: A thoughtfully curated and gloriously illustrated retrospective of the band’s studio releases, Queen, comes just in time for the 45th anniversary of their debut LP and biopic.
Formed in 1970, Queen went on to become one of the most popular—and most successful—rock bands of all time. Even following the untimely death of beloved and magnetic frontman Freddie Mercury, and nearly 50 years after their formation, interest in the band has continued, evidenced by scores of reissues, arena tours with surviving members, and a feature-film biopic.
In this new installment in Voyageur Press’s Album by Album series, rock journo Martin Popoff convenes a cast of 20 Queen experts and superfans to discuss all 15 of the band’s studio albums (including their soundtrack for the 1980 film Flash Gordon). Panelists include Queen experts, rock journalists, musicians, and record industry figures. The results are freewheeling discussions delving into the individual songs, the circumstances that surrounded the recording of each album, the band and contemporary rock contexts into which they were released, and more. Throughout, the beautifully designed book and engaging text are illustrated with rare live performance and candid offstage photography as well as scads of rare Queen ephemera.
The Album by Album series is a unique approach to the rock bio, injecting the varied voices of several contributors. The results have even the most diehard fans rushing back to their MP3 players (or turntables) to confirm the details and opinions expressed!
This is definitely something for the die hard fan out there. The book is a massive written interview about the band Queen with images thrown about the pages.
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