Many books have been written about Queen, but this is a first “an intimate view from the inside by a founder band member”; its also the first history of any rock group ever to be created in 3-D. Not only has Brian May written the book (no ghost writer here), but the 3-D illustrations were all captured with Brians stereoscopic cameras, mostly by the man himself. From an early age Brian would travel with a stereo (3-D) camera in hand, so on Queen tours and during recordings he was able to capture rare behind-the-scenes moments of one of the worlds greatest rock bands. Decades later these are now being shared for the very first time. Some of the photographs had not even been fully processed until the book was in the making. Initially thought by Brian to be a quick job, this project turned into a labour of love for May and his team which spanned three years. Each time the book seemed to be close to completion, more 3-D photos were found in forgotten hiding places, prompting further memories and filling in the gaps in the narrative. The book eventually became a compelling set of snapshots of Brians life and the life of Queen, over more than 50 years.
Brian May, CBE, PhD, FRAS is a founding member of Queen, a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer, also a Doctor of Astrophysics, 3-D stereoscopic photographic authority and a passionate advocate and campaigner for animal rights. Accomplished Astronomy student Brian’s PhD studies were stalled when a musical career superseded. The following four decades have seen Queen amass a staggering list of sales and awards with a catalogue that consistently tops popularity polls and sees Queen remain the most successful albums act in UK chart history. Brian has penned 22 Queen top 20 hits, among them the powerful ballads ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’, ‘No-One But You’ and ‘Save Me’, along with anthems ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘I Want It All’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. He retains his keen passion for Astronomy and after a 30-year break returned to Astrophysics to update his doctoral thesis on the Motions of Interplanetary Dust, achieving his PhD from Imperial College, London, in 2007. 2018 celebrates the 10th anniversary of Brian’s publishing house, the revived London Stereoscopic Company. Whilst specialising in Victorian 3-D Photography, the LSC’s latest publication Queen in 3-D features previously unseen images alongside Brian’s narration of his childhood discovery of stereoscopy and through his life with Queen from the early 1970s to present day. All LSC books include Brian’s own design OWL stereoscopic viewer. More information on matters stereoscopic are available at Brian’s dedicated website, www.londonstereo.com. As a lifelong advocate of animal welfare, Brian set up the Save Me campaign to champion all, but predominantly British wildlife. Save Me works at grass roots level in conjunction with a local animal rescue and re-homing centre as well as being a player alongside the major animal welfare groups. Brian has been a leading inspiration in the fight against fox hunting and badger culling. Further information at www.save-me.org.uk, also www.teambadger.org. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for ‘services to the Music Industry’ and for his charity work, Brian is patron to a number of charities, also a vice president of the RSPCA. He greatly enjoys interacting with his fans, who can enjoy his updates and thoughts on twitter at @DrBrianMay and at www.brianmay.com.
“Lovingly created, visually engaging 3-D-illustrated book ... Queen in 3-D, as well as providing the closest thing to a com- pletely non-ghost- written Brian May autobiography we’re ever likely to get, chronicles (with the aid of numerous beautifully restored and reproduced shots from May’s own archive that can be viewed with a specially designed and included OWL stereo- scope) the author’s journey from childhood experiments, with his ever-ingenious Red Special designer Dad, to the publication of the book itself. A singularly engaging trip that incorporates his entire Queen career along the way.” – Classic Rock “Rock fans will flip over Queen in 3-D (London Stereophonic Company), a coffee-table-book collection of photos of the classic rock band taken by guitarist Brain May, who’s used a stereoscopic 3-D camera to chronicle his time and travels with the iconic group since the early 1970s. It even comes with a special snap-together plastic viewer.” – Parade.com “The closest thing to an autobiography May has written.” – The Bookseller “Queen guitarist releases incredible unseen 3-D photographs of the band in a new book” – Mail Online “This book is beautiful.” – Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 “Queen In 3D, brings out unsung sides of Mercury.” – Mojo “Music’s wisest rock shaman shares memories from his 47-year Queen career.” – NME “May’s 3D pictures capture Queen in all their pomp.” – Guardia