THE ULTIMATE MUSIC GUIDE - QUEEN (FROM THE MAKERS OF UNCUT) - DELUXE RHAPSODIC EDITION

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UNCUT
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発売日
2018年10月24日
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THUNDERBOLTS! LIGHTNING! VERY VERY FRIGHTENING! YES, IT’S THE NEW, DELUXE EDITION 148 PAGE ULTIMATE MUSIC GUIDE TO QUEEN. FEATURING AN EXPANDED RANGE OF ENGAGING ARCHIVE FEATURES AND AN UPDATED IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF THE BAND’S WORK. ALSO TAKES YOU BEHIND THE SCENES ON THE NEW FILM BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: “IT WAS EMOTIONAL”.

THIS YEAR’S LONDON FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS TOMORROW WITH, AS USUAL, A STRONG SELECTION OF MUSIC FILMS. AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS IS BLAZE ? THE BIOPIC OF LATE COUNTRY HELLRAISER BLAZE FOLEY. A CLOSE FRIEND OF TOWNES VAN ZANT (PLAYED HERE BY CHARLIE SEXTON, MOONLIGHTING FROM BOB DYLAN’S BAND), FOLEY’S WAS AN ENIGMATIC, CONFOUNDING LEGEND ? SIGNIFICANT DETAILS OF HIS LIFE ARE UNDOCUMENTED, HIS RECORDED MUSICAL OUTPUT WAS SPARSE ? AND THOUGH HIS SONGS HAVE BEEN COVERED BY MERLE HAGGARD, JOHN PRINE AND OTHERS IT SEEMS LIKELY THIS NEW FILM, STARRING BENJAMIN DICKEY AND DIRECTED BY ETHAN HAWKE, WILL FURTHER HONOUR FOLEY AND HIS MUSIC.

BY CONTRAST, FREDDIE MERCURY IS A MAN WHO NEEDS LITTLE INTRODUCTION. LATER THIS MONTH, MERCURY AND HIS BAND QUEEN HAVE THEIR STORY ? OR, AT LEAST, SOME OF IT ? TURNED INTO A BIOPIC. AS EVER WITH PROJECTS LIKE THIS, THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE AUDIENCES TO SATISFY. THE CASUAL VIEWER AND THE DEVOTED FANBASE. WHAT PART OF THE STAYS IN? WHAT COMES OUT? WHAT DO PEOPLE ALREADY KNOW? WHAT DO PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW?

HAD THE WORLD CHANGED IN 1974, OR HAD QUEEN CHANGED? NEVER A CRITICS’ BAND, QUEEN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESS REMAINED AMUSINGLY REBARBATIVE IN GOOD TIMES AND IN BAD; THOSE ENCOUNTERS ARE RELAYED FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT HERE IN FULL, OUTRAGEOUS COLOUR. IF THE ROCK PRESS TREATED QUEEN WITH SUSPICION (OCCASIONALLY WITH BARELY CONCEALED HOMOPHOBIA), EVEN IN THEIR EARLY CAREER FREDDIE MERCURY HAD DEVELOPED A PERSONA TO WITHSTAND IT, AND ANY OF HIS OWN VULNERABILITIES. AT ONE POINT AN INTERVIEWER WONDERS IF THE SINGER IS VAIN. “MY DEAR, I’M THE VAINEST CREATURE GOING,” HE REPLIES WITH SOME ?LAN, STILL SOME MONTHS FROM HIS COMMERCIAL BREAKTHROUGH. “BUT SO ARE ALL POP STARS...”

IF IT WAS DESIGNED TO REPEL THE PRESS, THIS SAME PERSONA, OVER THE 17 YEARS UNTIL MERCURY’S DEATH IN 1991 (AND BEYOND THAT EVENT, VIA THEIR MILLION-SELLING COMPILATIONS, LIVE ALBUMS AND THE POSTHUMOUS STUDIO ALBUM MADE IN HEAVEN) HELPED QUEEN ENJOY AN ENORMOUSLY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH ITS PUBLIC. AS THE PIECES HERE REVEAL, THIS WAS FAR FROM ACCIDENTAL. INTO A ROCKIST LANDSCAPE, QUEEN INJECTED A SENSE OF FUN, AND WILLINGNESS TO PLEASE A CROWD. THEIR OPERATIC HIT “BO RHAP” (AS “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” QUICKLY BECAME KNOWN) COULD NOT BE PLAYED FULLY, AUTHENTICALLY, LIVE. QUEEN EMBRACED THE FACT. THEY LEFT THE STAGE LEAVING BACKING TAPES TO DEAL WITH THE SONG’S SIX-PART HARMONIES, AND RETURNED IN NEW COSTUMES TO ROCK OUT LIKE A SERIOUS BAND AT THE CLOSE.