Well, well this thread comes around again. Way back when, after all was said and none I relisten to the interview and found myself disagreeing with jumps assessment and irritated at my response. I even wrote a long reply, but never posted it figuring the time had passed, but I kept the thing for future reference.
In that interview, May practically forced the “Bang!” title into the interview, Terri only responded with dead silence, no questions about it. She only commented on his research paper to make a laugh over it (not a laugh at it) characterizing herself as confused and laughing that characterization off.
Right out of the gate…
“Exactly three years ago today he submitted his doctoral thesis in astrophysics: “A survey of radial velocities in the Zodiacal dust cloud.” ... he is now Dr. & Chancellor… ”
“But, that’s not the only twist, co-writer of A Village Lost and Found, featuring stereoscope images form the 1850s… particularly T.R.Williams ”
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After this, it is obvious the “plot-point” of this interview is the publication of May’s A “Village Lost and Found”... not May’s astrophysics.
Terry does a nice job of bringing out May’s inspiration regarding the roots of this, May’s recent book centered on historic stereo images…
Terri, then does a nice job of bringing this around to how it interwove with May’s musical career. Then, into his Queen’s musical career itself, which after all is what the average listener actually wants to hear about anyways.
Then, comes a wonderful, examination of the creation of a rock mega hit.
Then, they got into technic and touches on Mays physics background.
Then, the story touches on a guitar solo that comes in at the end of “We Will Rock You” and finishes the song. In light of the interview that solo attains all sorts of new nuances. Quite beautiful in an artistic sort of way.
After a break, she plugs his Stereoscopic Book again, but gravity has its way and she is back to discussing Queen, and trying to delve into the band’s morphology.
Yes, the rumor is true, during Bohemian rhapsody they did physically wear through an audio-tape.
Terri pulls off a beautiful transition into more recent times, with a surprise “Wayne’s World” audio. (28:20)
At 35:40 she touches on May’s PhD
Then at 37:10 mentions his book about radial velocities of zodiacal dust. She asks for his layperson’s description.
38:45 discusses his study and use of doppler shifts…
measuring shifts of the light bounced off these dust particles
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So all in all I take back my swipe at the quality of this particular interview, not one of her best… but pretty good just the same