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The Authorized Roy Orbison Due October 17!

For the first time, legendary performer Roy Orbison's story as one of the most beloved rock legends will be revealed through family accounts and records.

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Roy Orbison is a rock and roll icon almost without peer. He came of age as an artist on the venerable Sun Records label; toured with The Beatles; had massive hits in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s; invented the black-clad, sunglasses-wearing image of the rock star; and reinvented the art of songwriting many times over. He is a member of the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, a recipient of the Musicians Hall of Fame's inaugural Iconic Riff Award, and the winner of multiple GRAMMY® awards. He is known the world over for hits like "Blue Bayou," "You Got It," and "Oh, Pretty Woman" and was a member of the band that inspired the term "supergroup"-the Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. Despite these and countless other accolades, the story of Roy Orbison's life is virtually unknown to his 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, 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.

Filled with hundreds of photographs, many never before seen, gathered from across the globe and uncovered from deep within the Orbison Vault, 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- aided by co-author Jeff Slate 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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Jeff Slate Contributes Liner Notes To 20th Anniversary Edition of Shawn Colvin's A Few Small Repairs

The 20th Anniversary Edition of A Few Small Repairs, with liner notes by Jeff, will be available in 12" vinyl, featuring the remastered original album. This will be the title's first-ever vinyl release!

A Few Small Repairs includes the Grammy Award-winning "Sunny Came Home" plus chart-toppers "You and The Mona Lisa" and "Nothin' On Me" (the theme song for the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan). This expanded anniversary edition includes seven rare live performances culled from the Sony Music archives, plus enhanced artwork including newly-written liner notes by Shawn Colvin and producer John Leventhal and recently discovered archival photos.

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Jeff Slate Pens Liner Notes for #STAX60 Stax Records Classic Hits Collection 'Soulsville U.S.A.'

The biggest hits from the legendary Stax Records – including classics from Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers and Isaac Hayes – will feature on the upcoming three-disc set Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax, the latest installment of Stax's yearlong celebration of its 60th anniversary...

Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration Of Stax [3 CD]

The set features liner notes by journalist Jeff Slate...

Read more via Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Jeff Slate Contributes Liner Notes To The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper Reissue

The Beatles Celebrate Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with Special Anniversary Edition Releases

Jeff pen's Sgt. Pepper In America for historic reissue

The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages on May 26. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

A 144-page book includes new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album's musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate, illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original Sgt. Pepper print ads.

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"Letter From Paris (Showed Me The Way)" featuring Earl Slick

Catch the brand new video for Jeff's "Letter From Paris (Showed Me The Way)" from his Secret Poetry album. The video was directed by Patrick McGuinn and features rock legend Earl Slick on guitar!

 

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