I thought I should give some clarification on a new book.
I've received a few emails where people are confusing this with the I WANT IT ALL! book.
This new Carlton Books project is NOT the Greg Brooks/Brian May 'Queen collection' IWIA book. This is a completely different and unrelated project that myself and Richard Gray have been working this past 12 months on with Carlton.
It's a really lovely book, with lots of text written by respected journalist Harry Doherty (who wrote lots of great stuff about Queen back in the 70s), and many great photos. There are lots of informative captions too, penned by myself and Gary Taylor, but most of all... this book focuses around and is based upon Queen memorabilia that kind of.... errr.... pull out, fold out, detach, open or close, etc. We call them 'facsimile items'.... things that are not merely photographs on a page. You can actually pick these things up and look at them. It's a tactile experience, not just a good read.
Richard and I went thru BM's entire collection and pulled out all kinds of weird and wonderful objects that best lend themselves to this concept. I have to confess to choosing some really strange things, not thinking for a second that the band, RG or Carlton would necessarily like them, but to my surprise they did. Thus... 95% of the things pulled out to show them, DO now feature in the book. A couple of the REALLY weirdo things didn't get thru!!!! A cut-out Freddie from a Dutch magazine, in which you had to attach string to the arms and legs to make FM move and sing.... that got discarded. And the Queen (debut album) playing cards didn't happen, which was a massive shame. But everything else is there.... somewhere. Plus a great interview CD with Queen from 1977, minus the music, which, if you've not heard it, makes for fascinating listening.
A wonderful concert poster from Liverpool 1973, the Crazy (red/black/white, landscape shape) poster from 79, tickets, promo Hot Space cube, press kits, invitations, a NOTW robot themed menu from Holland, etc. There are some really fab things here in a book that took a lot of effort and time to get right by all concerned.
It was an exciting thing to be involved in, more or less painless, and has resulted in something that I think is truly exceptional and unusual. Innovative, inventive too.
The I WANT IT ALL! project got put back til 2012 I'm afraid, because of all the 40th anniversary celebrations and products, and because this Carlton book also features memorabilia. We did not want there to be any confusion... though there is a tiny bit just now, but no actual conflict because my book isn't out there yet. Both of them out there at the same time was not the best idea.
When IWIA does emerge, it will be probably 360-400 full colour pages, featuring EVERY Queen project from 1971 to present - whereas this new 40 Years book dips into things in a much more fleeting way. My book, for example, will have 8 or 10 pages of NATO memorabilia and posters, where this one has a 2-page NATO spread - which is beautifully done. The design and layout in this book are stunning in my opinion. And EVEN Richard Gray is impressed... and that's not to be taken for granted. The two books are quite different, but both offer things that the other does not. These are great and exciting times for Queen collectors, I think... Queen books anyway.
See what you make of it. You can finally have your very own copy of Bo Rhap blue vinyl!!!! Ok, it's cardboard, and all are numbered 26 (as per BM copy)... but don't be picky. If you have £5,000 you can have an original. This will do in the meantime.