March 2019

A New Generation Discovers Queen

Queen was a hit sensation in the 1970s and ‘80s, but the British rock quartet has never had more listeners than it does today, with the Oscar-Winning bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody garnering the band a whole new world of fans

National Standards: 7-9, 11

Prepare

Have the class read A New Generation Discovers Queen (page 2 of the student edition). The article discusses the evolution of Taylor Swift, from a young girl with an acoustic guitar, to one of the world’s biggest pop sensations of all time.

Key points in the article:

  • As Queen fans are of all backgrounds and age groups, the British rock group has gained even more success today than they had when they were active
  • Queen’s music continues to grow, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most streamed song in the 20th century
  • American Idol star Adam Lambert has toured to success as Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury
  • In 1981, Queen does 300,000 audience members in Buenos Aires, the largest crowd for a single show in Argentine history
  • The film “Bohemian Rhapsody” has won multiple awards and has brought Queen’s music back to the surface

Begin

Review vocabulary words from the article below:

  • ROLLICKING—exuberantly lively and amusing
  • CONSUMMATE—showing a high degree of skill and flair; complete or perfect
  • INFECTIOUS—likely to spread or influence others in a rapid manner
  • PASTICHE—an artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces taken from various sources
  • DRUBBING—a beating
  • VISCERAL—relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect
  • MYSTIQUE—a fascinating aura of mystery, awe and power
  • PANACHE—noticeable confidence of style or manner
  • FLAMBOYANT—tending to attract attention because of their confidence and stylishness
  • PANTHEON—a group of particularly respected, famous or important people

Play “Don’t Stop Me Now”

Ask

  • What is unique about Freddie Mercury’s vocals?
  • How does the use of rhythmic and dynamic changes, particularly at the very beginning of the song, impact its delivery?

Play “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Ask

  • How many distinctive sections can you hear in this song?
  • Why is this song different than other songs on the popular music charts?

Discuss

  • After hearing these classic Queen songs, why do you think Queen’s music survived through multiple generations?
  • Talking points could be:
          • Distinctive style
          • Unique vocals of Freddie Mercury
          • Clever lyrics
          • Showmanship