”In the captivating new Carlton photobook Brian May’s Red Special, the Queen guitarist finally divulges the secrets behind his prized axe, taking fans back in time to vicariously oversee the two-year father/son bonding experience that would ultimately produce one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most recognized weapons. . . . Red Special is the pinnacle of guitar porn, revealing the intricate, what-makes-it-tick workings of a beloved musical instrument whilst showcasing its aesthetic beauty.” –Examiner
”[I]t’s a rare and amazing look into the conception, construction, and execution of one of the most unique guitars visually and sonically of all time. Every aspect of the instrument is examined, and there’s a story behind every part, component, and decision. The book will be fascinating for the players and non-players alike, but it’s a must read for Brian May fans…” –Guitar Player magazine
”A true ‘insider’s account’, Brian May’s Red Special: The Story of the Home-made Guitar That Rocked Queen and the World is as informed and informative as it is a pure pleasure to browse through. Profusely illustrated throughout, Brian May’s Red Special: The Story of the Home-made Guitar That Rocked Queen and the World will be a ‘must read’ for May’s legions of fans. Brian May’s Red Special: The Story of the Home-made Guitar That Rocked Queen and the World is very highly recommended for both academic and community library American Music History collections.” –MidWest Book Report, January 15
About the Author
Although Brian May (London) is best known to the world as the lead guitarist of supergroup Queen, he has a PhD in astrophysics and is an expert in 3D photography. He co-wrote Bang! The Complete History of the Universe with Chris Lintott and Patrick Moore, A Village Lost and Found with Elena Vidal and Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming., Simon Bradley (London) has been a professional guitar journalist since 1996 and is currently multimedia editor at Guitarist magazine. He has also written for Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, SFX, Classic Rock, Guitarrista (Spain’), ‘and many websites, including Brian’s own brianmay.com.