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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634032526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634032523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... an excellent work for music historians and budding rock guitarists. -- Vintage Guitar, November, 2003

Buy this now... a biography that benefits from memory and family lore as well as interviews and research. -- Rolling Stone, September 18, 2003

While Cochran's meteoric rise... is shown from an insider's view, his influence is felt through the author's self-examination. -- Dirty Linen, October/November 2003

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Bobby Cohcran is a Hal Leonard author.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Sean Brickell on August 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have to break this review into two parts. One is the writing, which is a solid 5 stars. The other is the storyline, which is only 3 stars. The average is 4 stars.
My main complaint is having to read the life story of Eddie's nephew. Albeit an acomplished guitarist in his own right, not the subject I wanted to learn about in this book.
When the book is on the genius of EC, the pages fly by. Whilst reading about nephew Bobby, it was like pan-mining for gold nuggets: a lot of muddy water with the rare shinny moment.
Ms. Van Hecke has done another terrific writing job, however, equal to her work on Eddie's mentor and running mate, Gene Vincent. The book coulda been as good as that bio, but for the stuff I didn't need to know about Bobby.
Wish I could have given this 5 stars. . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Pearl on July 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are fan of classic Rock and Roll, killer Rockabilly and a part of American history that most of the history books left out, then BUY THIS BOOK! Eddie Cochran was an American Rock and Roll pioneer, brilliant guitarist, songwriter, singer, and experimenter of sounds who used the studio as another instrument much like Les Paul did. He was way ahead of his time and was cut down way before his time at the ripe old age of 21 on April 17th, 1960. I have been a diehard Eddie Cochran fan since I first discovered his music in 1977 and since then there was no looking back. This book, co written by Eddie's Nephew Bobby, a great musician and producer in his own right, is more like two books in one, Eddie's story and Bobby's as well which has some striking parallels to his legendary Uncle. The Eddie part of the book adds a human being to the legend who influenced the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, the Sex Pistols and countless others who later made a serious mark in the world of music. I'm usually a slow reader but I couldn't put this book down and finished it in 2 days. Eddie Cochran would've fit perfectly into the 1960s, 70s, 80s and beyond but unfortunately fate didn't have that in store for him. I could easily see Eddie writing, jamming and performing with the likes of Eric Clapton (and showing him a thing or two!), Jeff Beck, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and many others. In fact John Lennon and George Harrison were among the many British kids who flocked to his shows on that ill fated British tour and were influenced heavily by the good looking kid from the U.S. and his Gretch guitar. The only regret I have is that this book wasn't 10,000 pages long because I didn't want it to end! Buy this book!Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Rodger on August 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was an absolute pleasure to read and I couldn't put

it down. As well as valuable insight into the life of Eddie

Cochran, it was interesting to read about Bobby's life and how

Eddie was such an inspiration to him and his guitar playing.

It's one of those rare books that you find and treasure....each

time I read it I feel like I knew them personally. To anyone

interested in Eddie, rockabilly, or some awesome Gretsch guitar

playing, READ THIS NOW!!! What are you waiting for???? This book

is SOMETHING ELSE!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alphonse Dattolo on January 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT BUT I WAS REALLY TOUCHED BY THE CHAPTER DEALING WITH THE TRAGIC DEATH OF BOBBY'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER BREE.THE WAY HE SPOKE ABOUT HER IT IS VERY EVIDENT THAT HE REALLY LOVED THIS BEAUTIFUL GIRL.I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR THAT HE THOUGHT THAT BREE WAS ALL RIGHT IN HEAVEN AND SHE WOULD ONLY WANT JOY AND HAPPINESS FOR ALL.WITH THIS IN MIND I BELIEVE THAT BOBBY'S HEALING PROCESS WILL BE A BIT EASIER.GOD BLESS BREE AND MAY SHE ALWAYS EXPERIENCE ETERNAL HAPPINESS WITH THE DEAR LORD IN HEAVEN.
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