This article about Hot Space by Queen is an extract from This Day In Music’s Guide To Queen by Phil Chapman (July 2019, This Day In Music Books). It first appeared in a slightly different form in Queen Song by Song by Phil Chapman (December 2012, This Day In Music Apps). Timing Although not a…Continue reading Hot Space: Queen’s most divisive album
It’s taken a while to get to this point but I can now confirm that The Dead Straight Guide To Queen has been picked up by This Day In Music Books. They have published the second edition, under its new title: This Day In Music’s Guide To Queen. The publication of the second edition has…Continue reading This Day In Music’s Guide To Queen published
Yesterday I was interviewed by Pete Mitchell again, this time for a Virgin Radio documentary on the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, which premieres at the end of October. We talked about the period of Queen’s history covered by the film, from Freddie’s birth and childhood, to the formation of Queen and events up to and including…Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody biopic interview
The Dead Straight Guide To Queen has started shipping to shops. It should be available in HMV stores in the UK straight away. I’m still waiting to hear from Red Planet Publishing regarding other outlets. I’ve received my first shipment for family and friends; all copies are already spoken for, so I’ll be placing another…Continue reading The book’s in the shops
Proofreading can only fix so much. In my case, what it didn’t find all starts with a tale of two vans – proofreading can’t help me now… Putting off the inevitable It’s several weeks since the editing and proofreading process for The Dead Straight Guide To Queen ended and it went off to the printers.…Continue reading A tale of two vans – proofreading and beyond
I did two interviews with the great Pete Mitchell this morning: on the 40th anniversary of News of the World and The Dead Straight Guide To Queen. There will be a bit more promotional activity over the next few weeks, with the book available on Amazon now and arriving in shops at the end of…Continue reading First book interviews
The book has left the printers and the distributors will be sending it out next week. Meanwhile the print-on-demand version of The Dead Straight Guide To Queen is already available from Amazon. I ordered a copy so I can check it over and it arrived this morning. Red Planet Publishing will be ramping up publicity…Continue reading New Amazon delivery
This morning The Dead Straight Guide To Queen was released on Amazon worldwide. It will be available via most major online book retailers and selected high street book chains in the UK. HMV stores will also be stocking it alongside the other Dead Straight Guides from Red Planet. It’s just over six years since the…Continue reading Dead Straight Guide To Queen on Amazon!
We hit a few delays in the final stages of typesetting the book, due to the number of Red Planet Publications being produced for the Christmas 2017 market. I took advantage of the additional time to revise a few areas I thought I wouldn’t have time to return to. The book’s now finished, editing and…Continue reading Almost there – we’ve got it covered
I took a chance and started work on the book whilst we were still finalising the contract. It’s just as well, as it’s taken several weeks, but I now have a signed contract. If I’d waited I’d never have made the deadline of August 15, 2017. So, I’m now working in earnest on the Dead…Continue reading Contract signed!