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The Traveling Wilburys were formed in 1988 when five rock legends joined forces for an informal recording session inside a cluttered garage in Los Angeles. The five seasoned musicians – Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison – had gathered to write and record what was intended as a throwaway B-side track. After Harrison submitted the completed s The Traveling Wilburys were formed in 1988 when five rock legends joined forces for an informal recording session inside a cluttered garage in Los Angeles. The five seasoned musicians – Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison – had gathered to write and record what was intended as a throwaway B-side track. After Harrison submitted the completed song to his record company, he was told that it was too good to be hidden away on the flip side of a European single. Instead, he was instructed to regroup with his fellow musicians and to record an entire album of songs. But for the newly formed supergroup, there was no roadmap, no detailed plan, no record company involvement and no expectation of success. Nicknamed the Billion Dollar Quintet, the five musical legends could all speak of their own individual achievements, their own musical triumphs, as well as their own extended periods of fan indifference. Some of the members had already establishment close knit relationships, while others barely knew each other. This book chronicles how the Traveling Wilburys were formed, what went into the making of their two hit albums and why they never toured. The book also examines how the careers and personal lives of these five men overlapped as well as how they influenced one another. Lastly, this book looks at the group’s musical legacy.


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The Traveling Wilburys were formed in 1988 when five rock legends joined forces for an informal recording session inside a cluttered garage in Los Angeles. The five seasoned musicians – Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison – had gathered to write and record what was intended as a throwaway B-side track. After Harrison submitted the completed s The Traveling Wilburys were formed in 1988 when five rock legends joined forces for an informal recording session inside a cluttered garage in Los Angeles. The five seasoned musicians – Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison – had gathered to write and record what was intended as a throwaway B-side track. After Harrison submitted the completed song to his record company, he was told that it was too good to be hidden away on the flip side of a European single. Instead, he was instructed to regroup with his fellow musicians and to record an entire album of songs. But for the newly formed supergroup, there was no roadmap, no detailed plan, no record company involvement and no expectation of success. Nicknamed the Billion Dollar Quintet, the five musical legends could all speak of their own individual achievements, their own musical triumphs, as well as their own extended periods of fan indifference. Some of the members had already establishment close knit relationships, while others barely knew each other. This book chronicles how the Traveling Wilburys were formed, what went into the making of their two hit albums and why they never toured. The book also examines how the careers and personal lives of these five men overlapped as well as how they influenced one another. Lastly, this book looks at the group’s musical legacy.

30 review for The Traveling Wilburys: The Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Jacob

    Gratefully, there is a book about The Traveling Wilburys. It's appropriate that the book is short and sweet -- much like the Wilbury's career. The author manages to pack much information into a book less than 100 pages, and we are more knowledgable musically speaking about the individual musicians who made up the group and the group itself. He manages to capture the personality of each musician so that readers really feel they know George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Tom Pett Gratefully, there is a book about The Traveling Wilburys. It's appropriate that the book is short and sweet -- much like the Wilbury's career. The author manages to pack much information into a book less than 100 pages, and we are more knowledgable musically speaking about the individual musicians who made up the group and the group itself. He manages to capture the personality of each musician so that readers really feel they know George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Deardurff

    The supergroup Traveling Wilburys consisted of Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. Sadly, three of the five have passed on, but this was a great collaboration of five friend getting together to play some music. The book is exactly what it needs to be, a quick overview of how the everyone met and worked together to form the band. A decent Sunday afternoon read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    mike wooldridge

    A great group and came theaters as one. I enjoyed reading individual stories of each member of the group. Great book. Would of Liked more photos in it. So sad so many have passed away.Long live the Wilburys. Great.

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