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Author: Wesley Orbison, Roy Orbison, Alex Orbison Narrator: Wesley Orbison, Roy Orbison, Alex Orbison, Jeff Slate Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781478992455
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Roy Orbison is a rock and roll icon almost without peer, but despite the countless accolades, the story of his life is virtually unknown. Now, for the first time ever, the Orbison estate, headed by Roy’s sons, Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison, has set out to set the record straight.

The Authorized Roy Orbison tells the epic tale of a West Texas boy, drawn to the guitar at age six, whose monumental global career successes were matched at nearly every turn by extraordinary personal tragedies, including the loss of his first wife in a motorcycle accident and his two oldest sons in a fire. It’s a story of the intense highs and severe lows that make up the mountain range of Roy Orbison’s career—one that touched four decades and ended abruptly at perhaps its highest peak, when he passed away at the age of fifty-two on December 6, 1988.

The Authorized Roy Orbison shows Roy Orbison as a young child and follows him all the way through to the peak of his stardom and up to his tragic end. Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison—Roy’s Boys—have left no stone unturned in order to illustrate the people, places, things, and events that forged their father, the man behind those famous sunglasses.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The greatest singer in the world.”

    Elvis Presley, praise for Roy Orbison

  • “One of the founding fathers of rock ’n’ roll. And, boy, could he rock.”

    NPR’s All Things Considered, praise for Roy Orbison

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About the Narrators

Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison work tirelessly to protect and further their father’s legacy. All three brothers reside with their families in Nashville.

Jeff Slate is a songwriter and music journalist who regularly contributes to Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. A lifelong fan of Roy Orbison, he recently contributed liner notes to The Ultimate Roy Orbison and the fiftieth anniversary reissue of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He and his partner, Lynn, reside in New York City with their children.