Freddie Mercury gets a lot of credit for being the face/voice of Queen, but the real driving force of the epic band is the titanic guitar work of Brian May. With his harmonized guitar riffs and soaring solos, May's guitar sound is his instantly recognizable trademark. But on Tuesday, July 27th, at the Downtown Independent, May will unveil a new side of himself: a collector of 19th century stereoscopic imagery. Back in the day, 3-D stereoscopic images (you know, like the View-master) were a direct competitor to the photograph, but ultimately 2-D images won out because people didn't want to look like total nerdballs with those lame brass specs (don't tell James Cameron). The multidisciplinary May (the astrophysicist also has an asteroid named after him) has amassed Victorian stereoscopic images, specifically of a photographer T. R. Williams. At the Downtown Indie, May will present the book he co-authored with photographic historian Elena Vidal, A Village Lost and Found, which displays Williams stereographs of a small English town, and they will discuss their search for the long lost village.

And if you're lucky, perhaps May will explain his 1974 astrophysics paper investigation of the motion of zodiacal dust particles-1!!!!!

After the jump, listen to May at his finest.

[UPDATE: Mad Max 2 Video with soundtrack by the wrong Brian May used to be here.]

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