Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison as they read from and sign The Authorized Roy Orbison.
Roy Orbison is a rock and roll icon almost without peer. He is known to the world for hits like “Blue Bayou,” “You Got It,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.” Despite these and countless other accolades—honored member of the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, winner of multiple GRAMMY® awards, and recipient of the Musicians Hall of Fame’s inaugural Iconic Riff Award—Roy Orbison was just a boy from West Texas who was drawn to the guitar at the age of six. He lost his first wife in a motorcycle accident and also his two oldest sons in a fire. His career 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. Still, the true story of Roy Orbison, the man, is essentially unknown to millions of fans around the world.
Now, for the first time ever, the Orbison Estate, headed by Roy's sons, Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison—Roy's Boys—has set out to set the record straight:
“To the world, Roy Orbison was a legend, but to us he was simply dad. But even to us he was something more than just a father. Even in our small world, at home, we knew he was special.”
Filled with over 300 photographs, many never-before-seen, gathered from across the globe and uncovered from deep within the Orbison Vault, The Authorized Roy Orbison shows Orbison as a young child and follows him all the way through to the peak of his stardom, and tragic end.
Fewer than three weeks after the release of The Authorized Roy Orbison, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings in partnership with Orbison-owned Roy’s Boys, will release A Love So Beautiful, Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Out November 3, the new album infuses Orbison’s best original vocal performances including “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Crying” and “Only the Lonely,” with the emotion and world class musicianship of London’s most notable orchestra. Roy’s sons Wesley (guitar), Roy Jr. (guitar) and Alex (drums) provided instrumental backing on selected tracks, along with grandson Roy III (guitar, tambourine).
From the first authorized biography, to the new album, and first museum blueprints, Roy's Boys will leave no stone unturned in order to illustrate the complex journey of people, places, and events that made the man behind those famous sunglasses.
About the Authors
Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison work tirelessly to protect and further their father's legacy. Wesley, the eldest, is a seasoned songwriter and guitar player. His song "The Only One" (co-written with Craig Wiseman) appears on Roy Orbison's multi-platinum album Mystery Girl. Roy Jr. is a singer and guitar player who works out of his own professional recording studio, the Pretty Woman Studio. He enjoys spending time with his beautiful bride and their son, Roy Orbison III. Alex, a drummer by trade, began his career in music publishing at the age of seventeen. As co-president of Still Working Music, along with his brother Roy, Alex has overseen several Top Ten songs and Number One hits. All three brothers reside with their families in Nashville.