Queen in 3-D by Brian May – Book Details Revealed
Available May 25, 2017
In Brian May’s own words, and over 300 previously unseen 3-D photographs, Queen In 3-D provides an inside glimpse of life with the rock band Queen. The pictures and self-penned text tell the story of Brian’s discovery of the world of stereoscopy, a technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by means of stereopsis for binocular vision. Queen In 3-D chronicles the band from the early 1970s all the way to present day.
The images, from Brian’s personal archives, were taken using the various stereo cameras which Brian carried throughout his life. Viewed in May’s patent OWL viewer (included), they leap into stunning three-dimensional realism, giving a uniquely vivid impression of life with Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian himself, alongside the people who helped to shape Queen’s amazing global adventure.
“There’s no ghost writer for this book. It’s just me. And we’ve deliberately kept the text ‘in my voice’, rather than translate it into literary prose. In these pages I’m speaking directly to you across time, as I recall those days, and sometimes actually in the words I wrote down at the time; but also through a collection of 3-D images which will take you back there, to see it with your own eyes.” Brian May
With these words, the author announces the first book ever to be published about the legendary rock band Queen by a member of the band. And certainly the first book of its kind in the world. It’s a unique collection of original, highly personal snapshots of Queen in Three Dimensions, from its inception in the early ’70s right up to the present day, accompanied by the exclusive recollections of founding member and lead guitarist, Brian May.
The book is illustrated with over 300 photographs, the majority actually taken by Brian, and mostly in 3-D. These shots of Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, and Brian himself, on and off stage all round the world, spring into life when viewed with Brian’s patent OWL viewer (supplied free with the book). Through the eyes of Brian’s camera you are transported back in time to experience Queen’s miraculous 46-year journey as if you were actually there … whether in a dressing room, in a car, on a plane, or on stage at Madison Square Garden. The three dimensional stereoscopic images (the precursor of Virtual Reality) immerse and engage you in the atmosphere of the moment as no flat 2-D picture ever could.
Brian’s typically honest account of his experiences within and without the band, including many extreme highs and lows, bravely opens the door to his feelings, beliefs and motivations on this trip though an extraordinary life. This book will entrance millions of Queen fans; but it will also inspire anyone who wonders what they might learn from a man who used his intellect, musical talent, and ability to make the transition from college boy to rock star in just a few years, and then go on building creatively for the next forty! Fortunately, Brian, wielding a stereo camera throughout Queen’s career, was able to capture these previously unseen photographs which provide the triggers for the stories in the book, a collection of gold nuggets for anyone with a fascination for rock music.
Physically, this first edition is very special indeed, and highly collectible! Its Brian May-designed, foiled slipcase has a countersunk lenticular image of Freddie on the front, that can be viewed in 3-D with the naked eye. Inside is a classical matt-black, gold-lettered hardback book and a matching envelope containing a high-quality focussable ‘OWL’ stereoscope for viewing the pictures in 3-D. This particular special limited edition of the OWL is moulded in Freddie Mercury Wembley Stadium Yellow polypropylene! Pre-order your copy @ Amazon