REVIEW: Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison

M reviews Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison, John Kruth's new biography on the great US songwriter and hitmaker.

Paul Nichols
  • By Paul Nichols
  • 16 Jul 2013
  • min read
Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison by John Kruth

Roy Orbison was much more than a singer with a unique voice and style. He was a sonic alchemist who transformed human misery into transcendent melody and platinum records. While now everyone recognises the songs Pretty Woman and In Dreams, there is still much of Roy Orbison’s life story yet to be told.Rhapsody in Black is a complete biography of Orbison’s life from the first yodel of a little Roy discovering his voice through to his death at 52. This biography doesn’t shy away from the personal pain, alienation and tragic events that shaped his unique music and personality.

For this book, John Kruth conducted many new interviews with over 20 people that worked closely with Orbison including Bobby Goldsboro, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson and Sammy King.

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