Fall 1973 - Mick Rock remembers about Queen: ?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.? He continues: "Freddie connected with [fashion designer] Zandra Rhodes and that whole black-and-white theme. My brief for the cover of "Queen II" was exactly that: they wanted to feature the band and it was to be a black-and-white concept". On November 26th 1973 Mick Rock surprised Queen with a visit to discuss his concept for their next album. He was with him photograph of marlene Dietrich in a striking pose. Mick Rock wanted to replicated it on the sleeve of Queen II with Freddie in the role of the screen diva. ?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...?
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