New Book to Chronicle 40 Years of Queen

40 Years of Queen
Queen: one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen. 40 Years of Queen by Harry Doherty and introduction by Brian May and Roger Taylor, is an official publication, fully approved by the band, telling their story right from the very beginning. It showcases stunning moments in the band’s history through photographs, as well as truly unique pieces of memorabilia from the private collections of Queen’s members.

This tribute will give fans unprecedented access to all areas, and the chance to get their hands on some fascinating, intimate memorabilia for the first time ever: backstage passes, handwritten lyrics, ultra-rare posters, original tour itineraries, handwritten letters, limited-edition records, invites to the now-legendary tour parties, a CD of all four members of the band talking and more….

Harry Doherty has worked as a music journalist since the early 1970s, when he joined Melody Maker as a staff writer. He continued to write on rock for the next four decades. He writes features for music publications including Classic Rock magazine.

The memorabilia packaged with the book includes:

  • Liverpool concert poster, Christmas 1973
  • Very early Rainbow poster 1974
  • Ticket from Rainbow concert, November 1974
  • First US tour press pack including press release, photos and poster, 1973
  • Hand-drawn tour map, Europe 1974
  • Four handwritten letters from the band to the Queen Fan Club, 1975
  • Bohemian Rhapsody blue vinyl record with cover, 1978 (paper facsimile)
  • Race card from Kempton Park race course, A Day At The Races launch, 1976
  • Signed poster for A Day At The Races, offered by the fan club, 1976
  • EMI promotional flyer for A Day At The Races, 1976
  • Press release from US version of News of the World, 1977
  • European tour backstage pass, 1979
  • Unused ticket from Nagoya, Japan concert, 1979
  • European tour menu, 1978
  • Flash Gordon film premiere ticket, 1980
  • Invitation to the Hot Space end-of-tour party, 1982
  • Hot Space promo cube, 1982
  • Four handwritten song lyrics from The Works: I Want To Break Free (John); Hammer To Fall (Brian); It’s A Hard Life (Freddie); Radio Ga Ga (Roger).
  • Unused ticket to Knebworth, August 9, 1986
  • The Miracle promotional poster, 1989
  • Crazy tour poster, 1979
  • Sticker sheet
  • Interview CD featuring all members of the band talking to Tom Browne on BBC Radio 1. Originally broadcast in December 1977
The Release dates are October 3 in the U.K., October 13 in France, October (unannounced date) in Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.S.A. and November in Australia and the Czech Republic.  Note that the interview disc will not be available in the U.S. edition.

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