Synopses & Reviews
More than just a chronicle of the Big O's recording career this book also sheds light on the tragic personal life of the man behind the music; from having to wear dark glasses for a sight problem, to losing his children and wife in horrific accidents. Yet the shy songwriter from Texas never let adversity win. Published to mark the 10th anniversary of Orbison's death.
Roy Orbison's sudden death in 1988 was regarded by many as the final scene in a tragedy which had already taken the lives of his wife and two eldest sons in separate accidents in the mid 1960s. He returned to public life no mere pop star, but a man obsessed. An unlikely-looking star, his saturnine image, stylistic consistency, and neo-operatic vocal range and control were unaffected by passing fashion. From his rockabilly roots to membership of The Traveling Wilburys supergroup, via "Crying", "Pretty Woman", and other timeless hits, he commanded the most devoted following of almost any icon in the history of recorded sound.