Roy Orbison Invention Of An Alternative Rock Masculinity

Roy Orbison Invention Of An Alternative Rock Masculinity Sound Matters 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 techniue vocal performance and musicology This is a very interesting book for Rock musicians to readAs an artist myself I think it's insightful and sometimes amusing to read what critics and academics interpret from your art Reading an artist's biography can get you to thinking about the difference between the music and the musician because they can be uite far apart in reality Great academic insightsThis comprehensive academic work gives wonderful insights into the nature of Roy Orbison's songs and a uniue contribution to modern pop music It's a great read apart from going into almost too much detail about a copyright trial involving the song Pretty Woman but then as an academic Lehman is expected to be justifiably pedantic Generally a pleasure to read 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 uniue he seemed at the height of his career in the early 1960s In this book Peter Lehman looks at the long span of Orbison's career and probes into the uniueness of his songs singing and performance style arguing that singersongwriters no less than filmmakers can be considered as auteurs Unlike other pop stars Orbison was a constant presence on the Top 40 but virtually invisible in the media during his heyday Ignoring the conventions of pop music he wrote complex songs and sang them with a startling vocal range and power Wearing black clothes and glasses and standing motionless on stage he rejected the macho self confidence and strutting that characterized the male rockers of his time He sang about a man lost in a world of loneliness and fear one who cried in the dark or escaped into a dream world the only place his desires could be fulfilled This was a man who reveled in passivity pain and loss Lehman traces Orbison's development of this alternative masculinity and the use of his music in films by Wim Wenders and David Lynch Widely admired by fellow musicians from Elvis to Jagger Springsteen and Bono Orbison still attracts new listeners As a devoted fan and insightful scholar Lehman gives us a fascinating account of the greatest white singer on the planet and a new approach to understanding individual singersongwriters

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