Read an exclusive excerpt from the newly updated Brian May’s Red Special book:
7 October 2020
Brian May has released an updated version of his 2014 hardcover tome, Brian May’s Red Special: The Story of the Homemade Guitar that Rocked Queen and the World.
Co-authored with former Guitarist Multimedia Editor Simon Bradley, Brian May’s Red Special takes a deep dive into the iconic electric guitar that May built with his father in 1963 and has played on every Queen album and in all of the band’s live shows.
The 2020 version of Brian May’s Red Special also includes two new chapters, one exploring technical repairs and maintenance and the other focusing on the Red Special’s role in the Academy Award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody film – told in May’s own words, along with those of Gwilym Lee who played Brian in the film – as well as an updated gallery
In celebration of the updated book’s release, Guitar World presents an exclusive excerpt from the brand-new Bohemian Rhapsody chapter, which you can read below.
FROM FELTHAM TO HOLLYWOOD: HOW BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY CAME TO BE
Brian May: “It was a tough journey for all of us, not least because we realized that people were going to believe it….”
See also The Red Special.