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Book Title: Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story|
The author of the book: Alan Clayson
Edition: Sanctuary Publishing
Date of issue: January 25th 1999
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Reader ratings: 7.5
ISBN 13: 9781860742415
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 14.19 MB
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While 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 the man—even if that man's life was so filled with performing.
Indeed, there are times when the writing, packed with full phrases, with "winks and nods," with faddish idioms, as well as with recording jargon, soars off seemingly on a tangent about changes in rock and roll within a five or ten year period only to return to Orbison with a last sentence.
And, with regard to time, it appears as though a dart was thrown, and an "encircling the perimeter" approach was made toward the conventional linear, or even thematic, telling of a life. There are times when the reader must flip back and forth to pin down dates of life actions. This is not the case, however, with single song recordings, their issues, or performances.
After 2/3rds through the book, a pattern seemingly emerged as well: a qualitative evaluation of others' work but not of Roy. However, this was finally dispelled in the final third of the book describing the 70's period.
The photographs chosen are oddly emplaced with early and late, (post David Lynch Blue Velvet) photographs included in both inserts—rather than a strict progressive presentation.
Finally, Clayson alludes more than once to the Phoenix idea. With Roy, this refers to his return to popularity despite the several death tragedies endured. Likewise, Clayson remarks on this same theme with other performers / artists of the time. However, evaluative comments are made regarding the "cashing in on" [his] death by journalists, opportunists, other musicians, and "the industry."
Yet, one could make a similar evaluative comment about this biography—it being released in 1989—a year after Orbison's death and the year of his final "Mystery Girl" album.
Despite these setbacks, Clayson's admiration and reverence for "The Big O" shines through; and consequently, this sensibility makes Only the Lonely worth the read.
I must say, though, I will continue to look for another biography—one that perhaps offers a more intimate portrait of the great singer / songwriter.
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Read information about the authorAlan 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.
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