This Day In Music’s Guide To Queen

This Day In Music’s Guide To Queen tells the complete story of Queen and their music in one essential book. It provides the histories of the band and its members, giving you a guide to their lives and recordings. Written to appeal whatever your level of knowledge, it’s accessible enough for the newcomer, but detailed enough for the diehard fan.

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This Day In Music’s Guide To Queen was published originally as The Dead Straight Guide To Queen by Red Planet Publishing in October 2017. It was picked up by This Day In Music Books in April 2018. The second edition was published under its new title in July 2019. It is available from This Day In Music Books, major on-line retailers, including Amazon, and at a range of book stores in the UK.

The publication of this second edition has given me the opportunity to make over 100 minor corrections and tweaks, fix a couple of factual inaccuracies, and write an updated section on the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, plus a new introduction.


  • Introduction
    • Heirs Apparent (1946–1968)
    • Pre-Queen (1968–1970)
    • Early Days (1971–1975)
    • Queen Rule (1975–1985)
    • Life After Touring (1985–1995)
    • After Freddie (1996–present)
    • Studio Albums
    • Live Albums
    • Solo Albums: Roger Taylor
    • Solo Albums: Brian May
    • Solo Albums: Freddie Mercury
    • Compilations
    • 50 Great Queen Songs
    • Homemade Gear
    • 10 Queen Locations
    • Queen Live
    • On screen
    • Games and Apps
    • Queen at the Theatre
    • In Print
    • Queen Websites
  • Index


Queen’s legendary status is undeniable. They are renowned for their unique sound, live performances, classic hits, record-breaking albums, theatricality, celebrated lead singer and longevity. Decades after Freddie Mercury’s death they continue to gain legions of new fans. The handful of bands that share a similar level of fame can claim some of these attributes but few, if any, can claim all of them. Their 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody attracted scathing reviews, but broke records and won awards. Queen continue to defy convention, confound critics and delight a world-wide fan base.

Their performance at 1985’s Live Aid concert is the stuff of legend. ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ have become anthems at sporting events around the world. With one of the most iconic music videos ever made, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ achieved even greater recognition through inclusion in the movie Wayne’s World. Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album has sold more than 25 million copies to date. They were one of the biggest stadium rock bands of the Eighties but the death of frontman, songwriter and producer Mercury at the start of the Nineties appeared to bring the band to a premature halt. However, with two founding members and a new singer, they continue to fill arenas. This book tells the full story of the band and its members from pre-Queen to post Freddie.

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