Roy Orbison: Invention Of An Alternative Rock Masculinity
by Peter Lehman
Roy Orbison's music - whether heard in his own recordings or in cover versions of his songs - is a significant part of contemporary American culture despite the fact that he died almost a generation ago. Few of today's listeners know or remember how startlingly unique he seemed at the height of his career in the early 1960s. In this book, Peter Lehman looks at the long spa...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
(first published May 31st 2003)
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What I realized from reading this book is that every other person walking the earth is obsessed with something. A good academic book about pop music even though I disagree with the author's assumed motivations and meanings of songwriters. (I don't think, "I Drove All Night" is a "stalker song" or in any way creepy) There is a lot of well researched history on the meaning of wearing black, tragic personas, recording technique, vocal performance and musicology. This is a very interesting book for...more