The March of the Black Queen

What's New?

Happy birthday to the Queen!

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on September 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today is Freddie's birthday, and for celebrating it, we've updated the site (we want to apologize for not updating it when it was John's birthday, last August 19th, but we were terribly busy).

Anyway, we've added photoshots from 1977 to 1979:

1977 - Richard E. Aaron for the Rolling Stone

1977 - Christopher Hooper for the 'News of the World' album

1977 - Assorted photoshots

1978 - Christopher Hooper shots

1979 - Alan Ballard in Montreux

Today, more than ever, donate to the Mercury Phoenix Trust @ http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com/site/getinvolved#anchor_donate

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Freddie, you are so so missed! xoxo

Happy birthday dear Roger!

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on July 26, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Queenies!! How are you?

A big update has been done to our site today, as it's Roger birthday!

The following pictures have been added (description and details coming soon, if you need one, just tell me and I'll provide the info):

1976 - Photoshots

1976 - Live

1976 - Events

1976 - Japan

1976 - Videos & promo

Enjoy!

Happy birthday Dear Brian May!

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on July 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everybody! How are you?

I would like to apologize for the lack of activity in this website lately. I'm very busy. The few new findings are always being posted the our yahoo group, so I would recommend you to join there.

Anyway, today is a very special day!! As it's Brian Birthday!! :) We would like to wish him a very special and great day, and to celebrate it, we've added:

1977 - Events

1977 - Live

And a quote from him about this era: "During our North American tour in 1977, places were expecting us to come in limos, when we actually were riding around in a Volkswagen, going on commercial air flights, and sharing rooms at the Holiday Inn".

Some captions of the 1977 concert & backstage photos will be posted soon... and for Roger's birthday we're going to add some 1976 pics as well :)

Enjoy!


Queen in Japan + Roger's Official Facebook Page

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on March 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello everybody, how are you?

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, but we hope this waiting has been worth!

Because we've added HUNDREDS of pictures of Queen's first visit to Japan, in sprin 1975 in a new album. The pics are from the net, and the tagged ones scanned or captured by us, so if you use them, please, give us credit, thanks!

We really love these pics from Japan... they look so happy, relaxed and having fun!

Anyway, we've added also a link for https://www.facebook.com/RogerTaylor" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Roger Taylor's Official Facebook page, so go and like it!

Much love!

Violet xoxo

1975 + Family

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on February 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone,

 

1975 photos of the band have been added:

1975 - Terry O'Neal shots

1975 - Queen dressing kimonos (Unknown photographer)

1975 - Unknown shot (unknown details, maybe it's from 1974 also)

1975 - Assorted photoshots

1975 - By Andrew Kent

1975 - Live (captions coming soon, the same for 1974 live shows)

1975 - Events

1975 - Recording Studio

1975 - Ridge Farm (I had many problems with some of the pics as I didn't know if they belonged to Ridge farm or Rockfeld Studios, 1974, so maybe there are some mistakes).

Next stop is Japan 1975 (I'll add them another day).

May you see many of the pics (specially live shows) haven't the caption added, I'll add it asap, but most of them come from queenlive.ca website.

Also I want to thank the people who is commenting the photos helping me with the details :)

 

Plus, a quick note I've updated www.family-queen.webs.com  the site for Queen family (parents & siblings, relationships and children).

 

So I hope you enjoy them :)

Have a nice day!

1974

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on February 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello people!

Today we've added many pictures to the site, from 1974! Previously we only did add Mick Rock photos, but now you can check:

1974 - George Cooper shots, at Freddie's home.

An Unknown shot from ca.1974 (if you know the details, photographer, place, date... feel free to post!).

A Freddie solo shot by Joe Stevens.

A shot by Bob Gruen in Philadelphia.

A photosession and interview in London by Japanese magazine 'Music Life' (without Brian, who was still ill!).

Queen at the Rockfield studios.

Shots for the Daily Telegraph.

A photosession by Johnny Dewe Mathews.

A shot by Peter Mazel in the Netherlands.

Live concerts & gigs, some 1974 events (awards, promotional events, parties, TV shows, etc) and at the recording studio.

Enjoy! :)

1973

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on January 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello everybody and thanks for keep coming and checking the site!

This time we've added 1973 pictures, so feel free to check them at our gallery!

The updated albums are:

1973 - Photoshot by Douglas Puddifoot - Queen's very first professional photoshot that produced their first poster.

1973 - Photoshot by Michael Putland - From January 1973.

1973 - Unknown shot - all the details are unknown by us (photographer, place... it seems that it's from 1973, but the date can be wrong). If you know any details, please post! Thanks :)

1973 - Live - Queen live shows (and backstage) from 1973. If you were there, feel free to share your experience!

Enjoy!

Photoshots by Mick Rock

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on January 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

"They knew they had the magic", photographer Mick Rock says after he first laid eyes on the callow, unapologetically pretty Queen. “That was firmly imprinted on me. And having told me how good they were, they played me the music – it was ‘Queen II’, which they had just finished recording. They asked me to describe it, and I said: ‘It’s Bowie meets Led Zeppelin’. That was good; they wanted to work with me, but they wanted to know that I got it. They were picky from the get-go. It was trial by chatter...” Mick Rock can recall that encounter exactly: September 1973, in a meeting set up at Trident studios in London. “Trident was a den of iniquity,” he remembers. “ ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Transformer’ and ‘All The Young Dudes’ were made there. I walked in and they swarmed me like kookaburras. They were confident in the way that Bowie was...” While Queen were keen to test out Rock, both parties were aware that this photographer’s celebrity exceeded that of the band’s, at least for now. Rock had already shot some of the era’s defining images; he had befriended David Bowie and had photographed him as Ziggy Stardust and made him and glam-rock iconic; he’d shot the cover of Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’ album and Iggy & The Stooges’ ‘Raw Power’; one of his first jobs had been photographing Syd Barrett for his ‘The Madcap Laughs’. In a time when nobody thought any of it was going to last, Rock was where it was at.

“People had this idea of me, as a result of my association with Bowie and Lou and Iggy... the importance of the image. They believed that I could help get them over, if you like.” Rock bonded with Queen quickly, especially with Freddie, in whom he saw many of the same qualities as the other showmen he had followed: “There was something slightly otherworldly about them,” Rock explains. “To me they look mythological. I never saw them as inhuman, just more like fantastic creatures, chimaeras in the pre-Raphaelite world. I was soaked in that stuff.”

The first rolls of film that Rock shot became what he now calls The Nudie Sessions. The band, rail-thin and pouty, were stripped to the waist, and “would have looked like a bunch of schoolgirls if they’d had boobies. The other three didn’t quite want it, but Freddie loved it, of course. Those pictures got them their first serious attention, although it was somewhat disparaging. Must have been from the NME – they were in the knocking business.” Rock then shot the band at their first big London gig, at Imperial College. He was impressed by the large crowd that had turned out, even though the band had sold very few records and rarely appeared in the music papers. “The fans were right up against this little stage, and Freddie was like he was in a stadium already. He had a visionary quality.” The band asked Rock to design and shoot a cover for the ‘Queen II’ album. “The brief was that it was to be a gatefold cover – they had wangled that – and the theme was black and white. Around that time I’d got to know John Kobal, who had all of these Hollywood pictures he’d picked up for free on the studio lots. He was making these little books, and he’d done one on Marlene Dietrich. There was this shot of her with her arms crossed, taken on the set of Shanghai Express. I shot some live stuff of Queen up in Manchester, and then I hung out with them afterwards. I showed Freddie this book with the picture, and he said: ‘I shall be Marlene...’.

“We did the ‘black’ shots and then the ‘white’ shots on the same day, and we’d still made no decision as to which we’d go with. We looked at everything, and they picked out two shots, one black, one white, but they couldn’t decide which one would go on the outside cover. Me and Freddie were on the same one, we wanted the black. The other three were more for the white. Freddie badgered them, and the black became the cover.

And that shot has haunted them...” Rock also designed the cover and did the paste-up work himself. “I don’t suppose I got more than three hundred quid. If I did I was doing well. In those days you just didn’t see it as this thing that would last in any way. Although thank God that it has.” Rock worked with Queen until 1975. “By the time we did some of the later pictures, the glammy thing was still there, they were still kind of pretty, but as time went on they were less overtly poofy. But they’d made the statement, they’d got the attention.

“Freddie was fascinating. You know, you wake up thirty years later, and you realise that in the purest terms he had the greatest voice to come out of rock’n’roll. I was very fond of him. We would work with those extraordinary teeth. He had an overbite caused because he had four extra teeth at the back of his mouth. He would never have them removed, though, because he felt that it expanded his palate and if they came out it might interfere with his voice.

At first he would have his mouth closed, and I would let him place his lips over his teeth. Later, of course, they became something he was known for.” Soon after Queen’s ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ album, Rock went to New York and became embroiled in punk and new wave. Queen recorded ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the year that punk hit. The paths of the band and the photographer divided.

Rock’s photographic catalogue, of which his work with Queen is an important part, is now one of the most iconic and relevant in rock’n’roll history. “It’s strange,” he says in parting. “There weren’t even that many photographers around. There weren’t that many outlets for these pictures. Not that many photographers were interested in these bands. Quite often, I was the only one there.” It was everyone’s good luck that he was. Queen were a complete and utter embarrassment. "So I did what any other staunch, resolute and single-minded music- paper scribe would do: I started to believe them".

1973 - 'The Nude Sessions' by Mick Rock

1973 - Queen by Mick Rock

1973/74 - Queen II sessions, by Mick Rock

1974 - Roger Taylor by Mick Rock

1974 - Queen by Mick Rock

1974 - Sheer Heart Attack sessions, by Mick Rock

1974 - Freddie Mercury, by Mick Rock

The pictures come from the books "Killer Queen" (2004) and "Classic Queen" (2007).

 

What's new!

Posted by Violet - Webmistress on January 10, 2013 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello everybody,

Fitst of all, thanks for keeping supporting the site, this means a lot for me. I've been very busy lately (and still I am!) and I haven't worked much on the site (although the group was quite updated and I'm searching and saving many MANY Queen pictures.

So, now you can see the site has a new design! It's the 3rd time the site is being re-builted all again (and I hope it will be the last!). I'm trying to make things easier for updating the site.

So, for the moment there is a new layout and I'm adding new pictures (some of them were already posted, some others are completely new!).

There is still many work to do, I'll do it little by little (biographies, discography...). I'll try to post news too.

Don't forget to use the new social media buttons from the right for spreading the site and sharing it, so many more people can find the site and check it!

Just a quick remind that you can contact me here.

Much love,


Violet



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