Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story

Only the Lonely The Roy Orbison Story One of the most moving tragic and absorbing music biographies ever published this story of Roy Orbison s life has been published to mark the th anniversary of h is death

  • Title: Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story
  • Author: Alan Clayson
  • ISBN: 9781860742415
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most moving, tragic and absorbing music biographies ever published, this story of Roy Orbison s life has been published to mark the 10th anniversary of h is death.

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    About " Alan Clayson "

  • Alan Clayson

    Alan Clayson Dover, England, 1951 is of a late 1970s vintage of composer entertainers that also embraces the likes of Wreckless Eric, Tom Robinson, Elvis Costello and John Otway While he is still making regular concert appearances, he has become better known as an author of around thirty books mostly musical biography These include the best sellers Backbeat subject of a major film , The Yardbirds and The Beatles book box.He has written for journals as diverse as The Guardian, Record Collector, Ink, Mojo, Mediaeval World, Folk Roots, Guitar, Hello , Drummer, The Times, The Independent, Ugly Things and, as a teenager, the notorious Schoolkids 0z He has also been engaged to perform and lecture on both sides of the Atlantic as well as broadcast on national TV and radio.From 1975 to 1985, he led the legendary Clayson and the Argonauts who reformed in 2005, ostensibly to launch Sunset On A Legend, a long awaited double CD retrospective and was thrust to a premier position on rock s Lunatic Fringe Melody Maker.As shown by the existence of a US fan club dating from an 1992 soiree in Chicago Alan Clayson s following grows still as well as demand for his talents as a record producer, and the number of versions of his compositions by such diverse acts as Dave Berry in whose backing group, he played keyboards in the mid 1980s , New Age Outfit, Stairway and Joy Tobing, winner of the Indonesian version of Pop Idol He has worked too with The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Wreckless Eric, Twinkle, The Yardbirds, The Pretty Things, Mark Astronaut and the late Screaming Lord Sutch among many others While his stage act defies succinct description, he has been labelled a chansonnier in recent years for performances and record releases that may stand collectively as Alan Clayson s artistic apotheosis were it not for a promise of surprises yet to come.


  • 2.5 starsWhile I had a number of frustrations reading this biography, the sincere interest and admiration for the great singer / songwriter was enough for me to recommend it.However, there is a caveat. Mr. Clayson obviously is a musician, himself. And indeed, upon reviewing, participated in performing and composing with groups that included one that worked with Orbison. Consequently, evaluations of songs, genre, and movements weigh heavily, here.For myself, I, at times, wanted to know more about [...]

  • This is a really good account of Roy Orbison's life, personally and in music. One of the best things about this book is the detail about the music scene at the time, this helps to compare Roy's career, especially the peaks and troughs that he saw during changing trends in the 50's, 60's and 70's.I actually read most of this book whilst streaming the music on Spotify from Orbison and the various different artists mentioned. My own music knowledge and library has expanded thanks to this book.Reall [...]

  • This is a well-written, interesting biography of Roy Orbison by former 1970s rock star Alan Clayson. You don't normally associate musical performers with writing talent, but this particular gent has written several books on pop and rock music, and certainly has a way with words. He managed to describe the life and timeless warbles of Mr Orbison with an energetic alacrity that would have been missing from any writer not as knowledgeable or enthusiastic about the music business. But if you're look [...]

  • Bittersweet biography of the up and down life of the greatest make vocalist in the history of rock music. From his humble beginnings to his posthumous success, this book covers all the bases. Especially enjoyable is the section near the later part of his life when he begins his work with producer Jeff Lynne and the Traveling Willburies super-group. We also get a snapshot into his tragic past including the unimaginable loss of his first wife in a horrific accident. Best of all, we really get to s [...]

  • Overall this book didn't really meet my expectations of a biography, with perhaps too much emphasis being placed on the in-depth of individual songs and how they reflected upon the man's state of mind. The one redeeming fact of this book was the epilogue, dealing with the lengths to which Orbison was willing to go to comfort his fans in their time of need.

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