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Brian May's Red Special: The Story of the Home-Made Guitar that Rocked Queen and the World

Brian May's Red Special: The Story of the Home-Made Guitar that Rocked Queen and the World

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In 1963, Brian May and his father Harold started to build the Red Special—an electric guitar meant to outperform anything commercially made. Here, Brian talks about of his one-of-a-kind instrument, from its creation on. He played it on every single Queen album and during the band’s amazing shows: the roof of Buckingham Palace, Live Aid, the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics . . . and beyond. Along with original diagrams, sketches, and notes, May has included a great selection of photographs of himself with the guitar—which was fully dismantled so it could be shot— as well as close-ups and X-rays.
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