Rise and shine tomorrow 8.20am to hear Brian May on The Chis Evans Breakfast Show (BBC Radio 2)
Rise and shine tomorrow 8.20am to hear Brian May on The Chis Evans Breakfast Show (BBC Radio 2)
Queen in 3-D: Book signing with Brian May
Friday 26th May 18:00 at Waterstones, London – Piccadilly
Queen in 3-D (Hardback)
Waterstones Piccadilly is delighted to welcome Queen guitarist Brian May to sign copies of his new book, Queen in 3-D, a stereoscopic masterpiece capturing the legacy of Queen through the rock star’s own 3-D camera lenses.
Many books have been written about Queen, but this is a first – an intimate view from the inside by a founder band member; it’s 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 Brian’s 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 world’s 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 Brian’s life and the life of Queen, over more than 50 years.
Queen in 3-D, by Brian May, Published by The London Stereoscopic Company
Entry is free. Access to the queue is on a first come first served basis. Brian May will be signing copies of ‘Queen in 3D’ only, please note other merchandise will not be signed at this event.
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PLEASE NOTE: The following talk is NOT directly about the “Queen In 3-D Book”, as this is pre-launch.
Brian May and Denis Pellerin are doing an exclusive talk on The London Stereoscopic Company, at Photo London, Somerset House, London. Tickets are now on sale (limited space) so there’s a need to book quickly.
Wednesday 17 May 2017
2:20 pm – 3:20 pm
Talk by legendary Queen guitarist and author Dr Brian May CBE and curator, photo-historian and Stereoscopy expert Denis Pellerin will discuss May’s passion for Stereoscopy and the running of the London Stereoscopic Company.
Book your place HERE
A new video – Brian May unwrapping the new – forthcoming – “Queen In 3-D” book. Starring Brian May. Filmed by Denis Pellerin. Part 1: When Brian sees his stereoscopic masterpiece for the first time. [Read on below]
[Part 2 when book is launched]
I feel like it’s Christmas because yesterday [23 April] the first copy of Golden Days came along and we were able to actually unwrap it. The album that me and Kerry Ellis have made over the last couple of years.
Today [24 April] arrives in the post this, which is also a very long term project. At least three years we spent on this and I must say I’m thrilled to hold this. It’s very heavy but there’s a lot in here folks. This is “Queen In 3-D” and really it chronicles in snapshots the whole of our history – and in fact almost the whole of my history back to being a kid when I first found the 3-D cards in Weetabix.
So it’s a story of 3-D and stereoscopy, but also of the band that we called Queen and we worked in this band for more years than I can count really.
Finally I can unwrap it, so I thought I would share the unwrapping with you and show you how it works. Okay, no batteries needed.
You can see there’s more than one thing in here. There’s more than just a book. There is an OWL envelope in here and I’ll show you what that all means.
So using the fingernail carefully, see if I can get into this thing. There we are. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Feels good, smells good. All shiny and new.
Front cover has a lenticular picture of Freddie on, and that’s one kind of 3-D. Doesn’t need any batteries. Doesn’t need any viewer and you can probably see, even in mono, the fact that it’s, well, 3-D, so should look good in the book shops and this lovely foil stuff is great. You would swear this is embossed because it looks very 3-D in itself, but our lovely people in China have managed to do this on foil.
Here’s a peek inside the first Queen In 3-D package to have landed at LSC HQ.
You can’t miss the very vibrant special edition Freddie-Mercury-Wembley-Stadium-Jacket Yellow OWL!
Updated 7 April 2017
ON GENERAL SALE: FRIDAY 7 APRIL – (‘Friends’ from 6 April)
To order a Print Programme or to Book, visit
hayfestival.org or call the Box Office on 01497 822629.
Brian May’s forthcoming Hay Festival 2017 TALK, covering his new “Queen In 3-D “ book title has now been announced for
TUESDAY 30 MAY 2017 – 5.30pm.
Brian will also do a one hour signing after his talk.
This is the first talk that Brian will do on the new book. Also this is one of Hay’s biggest talks of year – audience of 750. Brian is a previous Hay Festival speaker. In 2010 he and Elena Vidal presented their book, “A Village Lost And Found”. In 2014 Brian and Denis Pellerin also gave a “Diableries – Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell” book presentation at Hay.
Please note: Tickets on sale firstly from 6 April to “Friends of Hay Festival” (not General Public as yet), but if you wish, you can register as a “Friend” (Membership Fee) HERE. Among benefits, ‘Friends’ are exclusively able to book for three days once tickets are available and before they go on general release. Booking open to the general public on Friday 7 April.
Brian is listed for 2017 here with booking: www.hayfestival.com
Box office 01497 822 629
QUEEN IN 3-D
Event 241 • Tuesday 30 May 2017, 5.30pm • Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
A unique opportunity to share the guitarist’s 46-year vision of his fellow band members, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, as well as Brian himself backstage, on tour and onstage, captured here in 3-D stereoscopic photographs.
3-D glasses will be provided.
Website – www.queenin3-d.com
Friends of Hay Festival able to buy tickets prior to public launch. Already a Friend. log in here. If you would like to become a Friend, you can do so here or join Hay mailing list. Booking open to general public on Friday 7 April.
“A few words about the forthcoming ‘Queen in 3-D’ book …
Brian here. Just wanted to say a few words about the forthoming “Queen in 3-D” book. This has been completely a labour of love for me and it’s taken about three years, and I was only able to do it because I’ve been obsessed with stereo photography most of my life. So all through those classic, golden days of Queen, I had a stereo camera with me, so this is a collection of all the pictures that I amassed over the years, most of which I took, well, a lot of which I took, and some of which were taken of taken of us by people to whom I entrusted the stereo camera for a little while.
Front of the book has a lenticular of Freddie, on, which announces the 3-D nature of the book, and you don’t need a viewer to see this in 3-D. This is one way of processing 3-D, but the real stuff is inside the book, which is side by side 3-D in the classic Victorian style, and for that you need a viewer. Luckily in the package is a free OWL, my patent, London Stereoscopic Company OWL, which is made in Sunbury-on-Thames, and is about to be made in China as well.
For the first time we’ve made it in unforgettable “1986 Freddie Mercury Jacket Yellow “, in honour of Freddie and it’s very very much a Queen colour. It’s the first time you’ve seen OWLS in this country, so there’s… this colour, sorry, in this country, and so this is a special for the “Queen in 3-D” book.
Once you get your book, I only have a dummy here, and it’s just bound up with these rings as you can see. Once you have your book, a lot of the pictures will be just full page like that, so you don’t need a viewer to look at them, but the real meat of the book is the 3-D pages, and for each one of these pages you will need the OWL.
Just so you know, those of you who are not familiar with the OWL, you have to position it squarely over the picture like this and hold it by the back as I’m doing here – hope you can see this – and then the focus, as always with the OWL, is done with the thumbs. There’s two little thumb holes here and you focus it like this, so once it’s on the page, focus it like this, with your eyes looking through.
What I should mention is that the crucial thing with all these pieces of apparatus is to get enough light on it, so position yourself near a window or a bright light and then you’ll get the full majesty of the 3-D. So once you’re on there, squared up like that, look through and suddenly you’re there.
This book has particularly high quality printing, much higher than even a normal art book, so under the magnification of these lenses, it still looks pretty decent. That’s very important.
So I’m looking at Freddie here and Freddie’s looking at me, taking a picture of me with his beloved Polaroid camera and I’ve captured the moment in 3-D and I think if you look through this viewer you’ll feel like you’re there with me. It’s an amazingly powerful medium – traditional Victorian stereoscopy, and I believe that this is the first time it’s ever been done and I don’t think there’s every been a book before which chronicled the life of a rock band in 3-D over the years, so this goes back all the way to 1970 when we started, and the book actually goes back a little further than that to my childhood, when I first discovered the principles of 3-D and stereoscopy.
So its been a great journey for me and I hope it is for you when you get your “Queen in 3-D” book. I hope you have many many happy hours going through it and tracing our history. It’s only glimpses, you know. It’s not really a biography, but some very telling glimpses, I think, and all the way up to the present day. You’ll notice we have a couple of pages on Paul Rodgers and a few pages on the wonderful Adam Lambert, and I think Adam Lambert fans will enjoy that, as will Queen fans, because Adam is really a member of the family now.
So we’ll be seeing you out on tour pretty soon. We’ll be touring the States in June, probably Europe in October, probably the UK in December – but shh…
But that’s kind of the plan, and hopefully we’ll have “Queen in 3-D” books with us.<
God bless you all. Thank you for your support.
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News / 29 Mar 2017 / by Scott Munro
Brian May will launch Queen In 3D later this year – watch teaser video
Brian May has announced that his book Queen In 3D will launch later this year.
It’s the first book ever to be published about Queen by one of the band members and features “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 includes more than 300 photographs, the majority of which were taken by May. Most of them are in 3D and will be able to be viewed with May’s OWL viewer which comes bundled with the book.
May says: “There is no ghost writer for this book. It’s just me. And we have 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 3D images which will take you back there, to see it with your own eyes.”
May previously published 3D images in Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster – written in conjunction with Denis Pellerin and the London Stereoscopic Company.
Queen In 3D is out on May 25 and is currently available for pre-order.
May and Kerry Ellis will release their new album Golden Days on April 7 via Sony Music. It features new compositions and cover versions, including a take on Gary Moore classic Parisienne Walkways.
As reported 14 March, Brian attended The London Book Fair for the Day and met with foreign book distributors.
We are happy to confirm that his forthcoming title: “Queen in 3-D” will be published in Italian and German.
Here he is pictured below with a happy Jos Bendinelli Negrone who has just secured German and Italian language publishing rights for Queen In 3-D.
The book will be published on 25th May 2017, priced £50.
It will also be published in territories across the globe.