Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison

Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison

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Hardcover, Hal Leonard Corp, 2013, ISBN13 9781476886794, ISBN10 1476886792
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Chronicles the life of the rock musician discussing the personal pain, alienation, and tragic events that shaped Orbison's singular personality and music.

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Chronicles the life of the rock musician discussing the personal pain, alienation, and tragic events that shaped Orbison's singular personality and music.

(Book). He was blessed with a set of pipes that Elvis Presley claimed were the best in the business. His eyes hidden behind his perpetual Ray-Bans, Roy Orbison stood perfectly still onstage, singing songs of devastating heartbreak. Bob Dylan compared him to a professional killer, claiming the intensity of Orbison's operatic tenor was enough to make him "drive off a cliff." Neil Young stated, "It's almost impossible to comprehend the depth of his soul. There's something sad but proud about Roy's music." And Bono later claimed he was not only enthralled by Orbison's "angelic voice," but considered "In Dreams" to be "probably the greatest pop song ever written." Orbison's singing has inspired everyone who has heard it, from Springsteen to k. d. lang, and laid the very foundation for goth. While fascinating from a pop culture standpoint, it is Orbison's life's journey that makes a great story that has yet to be told to its fullest. Rhapsody in Black doesn't shy away from or trivialize the personal pain, alienation, and tragic events that shaped Orbison's singular personality and music. Roy Orbison wasn't merely a singer but a sonic alchemist who, in the end, transformed unfathomable human misery into transcendent melody and platinum records. Rhapsody in Black contains new interviews with over 20 people who worked closely with Orbison throughout his life.

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Number of Pages: 243
Original Languages: English
Author: Kruth, John
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp
ISBN-13: 9781476886794
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.50 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 1476886792
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This book not only covers the life of Roy Orbison, but also gives insight to the world of rock and roll from its beginning in the 50s to the present. Although the author at times goes into too much detail about the music business of the time, he still makes it an interesting and memorable read.

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