Long-lost Queen and Brian May’s Red Special

This Fall, Queen will be releasing their long-anticipated, long-lost live album – Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74.  Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor have resurrected the archival recordings: remixing and remastering the March 1974 gig and two similar shows from November of that year. Appropriately, this Fall also heralds the release of Brian May’s Red Special: The Story of the Home-made Guitar that Rocked Queen and the World, coming in October from Hal Leonard Books.

This Fall, not only can you get your fill of Queen on double CD, double vinyl, deluxe 4XLP, and more, but you can also invest in a comprehensive look at the hand-made guitar that helped give Queen its unique, legendary, and incomparable sound. 

Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. Brian played his guitar on every Queen album and in all of Queen’s live shows around the world. This book is accompanied with original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar, as well as a great selection of photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and x-rays.






“My dad and I decided to make an electric guitar. I designed an instrument from scratch, with the intention that it would have a capability beyond anything that was out there, more tunable, with a greater range of pitches and sounds, with a better tremolo, and with a capability of feeding back through the air in a ‘good’ way’.”





Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

Posted on June 23, 2014, in Music Fans and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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