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  • Actors: Jerry Allison, Tommy Allsup, Sonny Curtis, Murray Deutch, Don Everly
  • Directors: Richard Spence
  • Producers: Alan Yentob, Anthony Wall, Debbie Geller, Paul McCartney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: White Star
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VGTBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is the definitive video biography of rock 'n roll legend Buddy Holly. Produced and hosted by former Beatle, Paul McCartney.

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I really appreciate Paul McCartney making this film on the REAL Buddy Holly as opposed to that awful "The Gary Busey Story."
Donald R. McMenimen
Done with love and respect by all who participated, you get a real sense of what a decent and talented (in ways more than just musical) person that Buddy Holly was.
D. Meyer
It has often been stated that of all the deaths of performers in the history of music in the rock era, it was Holly's that most impoverished our culture.
Robert Moore

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on December 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Watching Buddy Holly perform such songs as Peggy Sue, That'll be the Day, and Oh Boy is worth the price of the video alone. It is also interesting to learn about his career from its roots in Lubbock, Texas, until its untimely end on February 3, 1959. A revealing interview with Tommy Allsup, a band member on the Winter Dance Party, is provided. Interviews with his Crickets' band members are also very interesting and informative.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Y2bjs Reviews on April 30, 2005
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This mans music was pure genius.I dont care how old it is this man was the most tragic thing to happen to rock and roll when he died.I wasnt even born when he got on that plane,but you cant go through life and not hear his music.
The one thing that you enjoy seeing about musicians is their film clips.But with Buddy Holly there is not many available.
But here is some rare clips,and interviews with family members and friends.Well put together.I like to see the places where he lived and visited in his short career.Its all here.
While i am a Beatle fan i would have rathered they talked about Buddy Holly more than filling space with Paul McCartneys versions of the songs.Now im not saying i didnt enjoy them,i just felt there should be more Buddy Holly information instead.
But upon saying that this is a real informative video and almost everything you want to know about him is here.
Buddy is the true master of Rock and Roll.Often it makes me wonder what he would have done had he lived.But as it says in the DVD,The Beatles were inspired by him,would they have had the same success had Buddy Holly lived?And The Rolling Stones first hit was a Beatles song,seems to me he started a chain reaction.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
... it really does. I had a chance to see this video when it was shown on my local educational public television station quite a few years back. For those who are true Buddy Holly fans, this is an absolute must to add to your collection of Holly memoralibia. The interviews are top-rate and are probably the most accurate I have seen as they are from the people most closely connected to Buddy Holly and give a closer look and insight into both his musical as well as his personal life. This is one video you will definitely want to keep and watch over and over again (I still do every February).
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 27, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Great music documentary. Paul McCartney produced this heartfelt tribute as an antidote to the more lurid Gary Busey docudrama that came out the year before. McCartney goes on the road to re-tell the story of the geeky kid from Lubbock, Texas who helped refine rockabilly into rock'n'roll, and who set the template for the singer-as-songwriter model later taken up by the Beatles. Holly's story is both astounding and underwhelming -- extensive footage of his shabby hometown helps underscore how humble his background was and how tenuous his success, and -- as Keith Richards points out -- how amazing it was that Holly organized a band capable of elevating themselves out of the C&W world they came from. It turns out there's very little footage of Holly performing live -- this short film apparently includes all of it -- but it's fascinating to see his transformation from a nervous kid into a savvy showman, just prior to his untimely death. In a series of charming, low-key interviews with Holly's old bandmates and contemporaries such as the Everly Brothers, the early world of rock and roll is wonderfully evoked, and the tenuous passing of the torch from a soft pop-destined America to a rock-hungry Britain is convincingly portrayed. (Plus, check out that all-too-brief guitar break on "That'll Be The Day"... was Buddy Holly the founding member of the Buzzcocks?!? Who knew?)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bruce J. Restau on February 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Excellent documentary from Paul McCartney setting the record straight on the true Holly legend and legacy with pertinent interviews from the people who knew him first and best, his brothers Larry and Travis Holley (yes..that is the correct spelling of the family name!), original Crickets Jerry ("J.I.") Allison and Joe ("Joe B.") Mauldin, plus current Cricket member Sonny Curtis (writer of "Rock Around With Ollie Vee, "I Fought The Law", and later on The Mary Tyler Moore theme song "Love Is All Around"). Probably the best video archival record of Buddy Holly out there and more than worth the price for any "true" Buddy afficianado. If all you have ever seen or heard about Buddy Holly comes from the movie, what I euphemistically call "The Gary Busey Story", and please see my review of the VHS version of that one, do yourself a huge favor and get yourself a copy of this documentary before you "Rave On" to the rest of us about the wonderfulness of the movie and Gary Busey's performance of a film that, by the producer's own admission, was never designed to be a factual account of Buddy Holly's life anyway. Jerry Allison himself said it should be called "The Buddy Hollywood Story". I heartily concur! McCartney, who owns the rights to Holly's music, does him the true justice that the movie sadly denied him. As Sonny Curtis so eloquently stated in his song "The Real Buddy Holly Story", written by him shortly after the movie came out, "The levy isn't dry, and the music didn't die, 'cause Buddy Holly lives every time we play rock and roll."
Amen Sonny!
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