If you missed Brian May’s 1968 – listen now


If you missed Brian's 1969

For those who missed Brian’s 1969 over the weekend on Radio 2.

You can still catch a listen here:

– or –
till approx 15 August 2019

Brian explores the wonders of the year 1969 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first ever book on the space race in 3-D published half a century later “Mission Moon 3-D“.

Mission Moon 3-D
UK edition
Mission Moon 3-D USA Edition
USA edition

In this one-hour programme Brian’s memories are interspersed with the following tracks, chosen by Brian (a little like “Desert Island Discs” programme format):

1. Led Zeppelin – Communication Breakdown
2. Jimi Hendrix – Sunshine of Your Love
3. The Beatles – Get Back
4. The Who – Pinball Wizard
5. Joe Cocker – With a Little Help from My Friends
6. Smile – Earth
7. Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home
8. The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women
9. Plastic Ono Band – Give Peace a Chance
10. David Bowie – Space Oddity

You will also here a smattering of:

– Led Zeppelin -Who Lotta Love – and 
The Beatles – Come Together


Join legendary Queen guitarist Brian May as he recalls the historic year of 1969 on BBC Radio 2! 1969 was one of the most culturally significant 12 months in the 20th century.

In this programme, Brian will explore the impact that the year 1969 had on him and the world of music and culture.

The landmarks in music are almost too numerous to mention: Led Zeppelin released their debut album, The Who released ‘Pinball Wizard’, David Bowie’s futuristic ‘Space Oddity’ single was released. Hundreds and thousands of music fans flocked to huge musical events such as Woodstock to see some of the biggest artists in the world perform, the Rolling Stones put on a free concert in London’s Hyde Park and Jimi Hendrix defied BBC producers when he played live on Lulu’s TV show. On the 20th July 1969, humankind conquered space with the first moon landing – an event which had a great impact on young Brian, who had just graduated from Imperial College London.

The moon landings inspired his fascination with science, and he would begin working on his PhD in astrophysics. He would also form the band Smile in this year with Roger Taylor, laying the foundations of what would become one of the biggest rock bands in the world; Queen. Set to a soundtrack of amazing music, Brian’s personal insight into the year and its resonance will provide Radio 2 with a unique programme in a year when Queen have earned their place in movie history with the Oscar-winning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.