In April 2016, Beyoncé shocked the world by suddenly dropping her visual album Lemonade. The album was like no other as it followed the different stages and emotions that come after infidelity.
Lemonade was an emotional rollercoaster as the tracks traveled from denial to anger to forgiveness. With incredibly personal and poetic lines like,”So what are you going to say at my funeral now that you’ve killed me? Here lies the body of the love of my life, whose heart I broke without a gun to my head,” it was less of an album and more of a piece of art.
Well, now Queen Bey has done it again.
Beyoncé is releasing a 600-page book called How To Make Lemonade which takes readers behind the scenes of the visual album, featuring art, outtakes, and pictures that inspired and surrounded Lemonade.
The book also highlights the countless other people who collaborated on the album and aided in making it what it was. For example, Beyoncé herself was not responsible for the poetry that was read in between each of the album’s tracks. Instead, it was the talented poet, Warsan Shire’s work that Beyoncé chose to highlight.
How To Make Lemonade also elaborates on Beyoncé’s ensembles for the album. Each track came with its own complete music video and each look was more incredible than the next. Beyoncé’s new book shares the inspiration and stories behind her fashion choices and places them into a greater context by discussing the social and political movements that fueled them.
The book also further delves into the social and political issues that Beyoncé touched on in the album’s music videos. She has never been afraid to discuss things that other artists may be too scared to touch. For example, her controversial performance during the Superbowl 50 Halftime Show commented on the Black Lives Matter Movement, Malcom X and the Black Panther Party.
Whether you’re a Beyoncé superfan or just someone who appreciates art and creativity, the How to Make Lemonade book is sure to become a memorable part of pop culture and give a unique look into one of music’s most talked about albums.
You can preorder the box set, here.