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Hal Leonard Rhapsody In Black - The Life And Music Of Roy Orbison   

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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 Orbis...Read More

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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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Rhapsody In Black - The Life And Music Of Roy Orbison

  • Inventory #HL 00333164
    ISBN: 9781476886794
    UPC: 884088546984
    Width: 6.25"
    Length: 9.25"
    246 pages
    The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
    Series: Book
    Publisher: Backbeat Books
    Format: Hardcover
    Author: John Kruth
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one more spin on the voice

By drsimms02

from southern oregon

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  • Like A Opera And Voice To
  • Voice Was An Opera

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  • Did Not Like All His Song

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Comments about Hal Leonard Rhapsody In Black - The Life And Music Of Roy Orbison:

was nothing more than one of the best talents in the world. he was not a teen idol, not the draw that elvis was. roy just stood there and showed his great gift. i still feel that other main stream artists did not give roy his due for his voice and great range he used. i hope some day he will have his name in books like caruso did..

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