- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1546666745
- ISBN-13: 978-1546666745
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Listen to Me: The Brief Life and Enduring Legacy of Buddy Holly Paperback – June 8, 2017
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The author seems to think that all sources are of equal value and validity. This is NOT the case. I have done enough research to know that not all sources are equally reliable and truthful. Although sources are listed in the back of the book, there is no indication as to what information or misinformation came from each source.
Norman Petty is inaccurately and unjustly slurred, making him the “villain”.
There are far too many errors to list them all. However, I found two glaring major errors which will be listed later.
Errors include repeatedly calling Frankie LymOn of the Teenagers, Frankie LymAn. Calling the lead singer of Danny & the Juniors, Danny RUpp; it’s Danny RApp. These mistakes could be easily corrected by looking them up online. I did, and the correct information came right up.
The supposed “sexual” activities (which probably never happened) mentioned in the book come from a very unreliable source which I won’t name so I won’t get sued.
Before getting to the major errors, there are three biographies that I recommend reading. I have read two of these books and find them very reliable.
First THE definitive biography of Buddy Holly ; there are several editions:
REMEMBERING BUDDY JOHN GOLDROSEN & JOHN BEECHER DA CAPO PRESS 1996
It is also in these editions:
BUDDY HOLLY STORY JOHN GOLDROSEN QUICK FOX 1979
BUDDY HOLLY HIS LIFE & MUSIC JOHN GOLDROSEN CHARISMA 1975
Next Ritchie Valens:
RITCHIE VALENS FIRST LATINO ROCKER BEVERLY MENDHEIM BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 1987
Next a book that I haven’t read yet, but which gets great reviews on Amazon, the biography of Norman Petty that is considered highly accurate:
KING OF CLOVIS FRANK BLANAS ROLLERCOASTER BOOKS 2013
All of these books are available on Amazon.com.
Now to the two glaring major errors.
MAJOR ERROR # 1, about the autumn 1957 Show of Stars and the movie “Go Johnny Go”.
page 107 The author presents the movie, “Go Johnny Go” as filmed in later 1957. WRONG. “Go Johnny Go” was FILMED IN LATE 1958 and released in the US in JUNE 1959. That’s when I first saw it. I remember that one of the stars was listed as the “late Ritchie Valens”. The correct information is readily available online. I looked it up.
Where did the author get this misinformation?
MAJOR ERROR #2, Ritchie Valens on the Australian tour.
page 125 The Australian tour of late January and early February 1958, included American rock and rollers, Buddy Holly & the Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Paul Anka. The author claims that Ritchie Valens was on this tour. RITCHIE VALENS WAS NOT ON THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR!!. He hadn’t recorded anything at that date.
The booklet, “Ritchie Valens #2" by Alan Clark, 1989, includes photos of Ritchie and copies of magazine articles. In this booklet is a copy of a Billboard short article, listing a “Billboard Pick” of Ritchie’s first record, “Come On Let’s Go” on SEPTEMBER 1, 1958, MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AFTER THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR.
Where did the author get this misinformation? All one has to do is look Ritchie Valens up on Wikipedia. I did.
These are just a small sample of the errors, inaccurate (and sometimes unjust) information, misinformation from dubious sources.
The Australian content regarding Ritchie Valens touring here is simply untrue.
Valens did not tour Australia in 1958 with The Crickets and did not join the tour in Hawaii.
In fact, he was not even on the scene in early 1958.
Additionally, he was not even on the proposed second tour for mid 1959.
Although I continued to read, I was concerned about the source that the writer obtained this information from.
As an Author of 12 books on music and family histories I have learnt the hard way to do my own research.