may 23, 2007

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Roy Orbison with The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers in May 1963, and with The Traveling Wilburys in 1988

Photos: Harry Hammond (1);  Neal Preston, Gered Mankowitz or Chris Smith (2)

“When Roy came off-stage, George got on his knees. He was really funny. He then said, ‘We want to have a band and we want to have you in it. Will you do it?’ And Roy said yes.” - Barbara Orbison on how George Harrison and Jeff Lynne asked Roy to join The Traveling Wilburys, Express, 23 May 2007

“Even right up to when he died he was a killer, because of his songs, and he had the most incredible voice. He’d had so many hit songs and people could sit and listen to him all night. He didn’t have to do anything, he didn’t have to wiggle his legs, in fact he never even twitched, he was like marble. The only things that moved were his lips - even when he hit those high notes he never strained. He was quite a miracle, unique.” - George Harrison on Roy Orbison, The Beatles Anthology

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Artist’s Shit by Piero Manzoni.

In May 1961, Manzoni created 90 30 gram small cans, sealed with the text Artist’s Shit (Merda d'Artista). Each can was priced by weight based on the current value of gold. The contents of the cans remain a much-disputed enigma, since opening them would destroy the value of the artwork. Various theories about the contents have been proposed, including speculation that it is plaster. In the following years, the cans have spread to various art collections all over the world and netted large prices, far outstripping inflation. A tin was sold for € 124,000 at Stephen Bury on May 23, 2007; in October 2008 tin 83 was offered for sale at Sotheby’s with an estimate of £ 50–70,000. It sold for £97,250. 

“It is a joke, a parody of the art market, and a critique of consumerism and the waste it generates." Stephen Bury

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George Harrison and Roy Orbison backstage during the UK tour The Beatles and Orbison shared the bill on, 1963 (photographer unknown, © unknown); and Roy, Jeff Lynne and George during The Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 recording sessions, Los Angeles (photograph by Don Smith, 1988, © T. Wilburys Limited) - both images screen capped from the iBook edition of Living in the Material World.

Remembering Roy, who was born on 23 April 1936!

“Even right up to when he died he was a killer, because of his songs, and he had the most incredible voice. He’d had so many hit songs and people could sit and listen to him all night. He didn’t have to do anything, he didn’t have to wiggle his legs, in fact he never even twitched, he was like marble. The only things that moved were his lips - even when he hit those high notes he never strained. He was quite a miracle, unique.” - George Harrison on Roy Orbison, The Beatles Anthology [x]

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“When Roy came off-stage, George got on his knees. He was really funny. He then said, ‘We want to have a band and we want to have you in it. Will you do it?’ And Roy said yes.” - Barbara Orbison, Express, 23 May 2007 [x]

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“We loved Roy and we still do… he’s out there, really, his spirit. You know, life flows on within you and without you - he’s around, you know, in his astral body.” - George Harrison in a Traveling Wilburys interview with MTV, early 1989