To Do Monday: Rock Out With Brian May

Brian May. (Photo by Getty Images)

Brian May. (Photo by Getty Images)

The phase-shifted intro to “Keep Yourself Alive.” The magical first six notes to the solo of “Killer Queen.” The way the guitar stomps into a guitar-less song at the end of “We Will Rock You.” There are a handful of guitar players who are recognizable by only a few notes (Jimi Hendrix is one of them; Jimmy Page, another; a third, Vernon Reid, is an Observer fan who tweeted his love for James Altucher’s debut column). But to me, the one who soars even higher than those masters is Brian May, the curly-locked, homemade axe-playing founding member of Queen. In case the thrill of causing the Wayne’s World gang to bob in time to the rocking part of “Bohemian Rhapsody” was not enough of a lifetime achievement, Mr. May also happens to be among the world’s foremost collectors of Victorian stereo cards, storytelling photographs from the mid-19th century that were satirical and deeply subversive. He’s touring in support of his new book, Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (“diableries” roughly translates to “devilments”), which painstakingly restores a set of 180 scenes, and each slip-cased book comes with a 3-D viewer. At his book signing, I’ll be the idiot yelling out for “Tie Your Mother Down.”

Barnes & Noble, 12 p.m., 555 Fifth Avenue, 212-697-3048, $41.25 (hardcover)