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Not Fade Away: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly Kindle Edition
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First, Gribbin uses Ellis Amburn's extremely inaccurate book as a source.
Second, the author does heavy duty bashing on Norman Petty and his supposed greed. It has been proven in recent years (by Bill Griggs) that Norman Petty did not keep money from Buddy Holly & the Crickets; the record company, etc., did the shortchanging.
Third, Gribbin makes no mention of having contacted and gotten assistance from Bill Griggs, the eminent and long time Buddy Holly historian, who lives in Lubbock, Texas.
If you are interested in Buddy Holly, etc., I recommend reading THE definitive biography of him, "Remembering Buddy" by John Goldrosen & John Beecher. My favorite book about my favorite person.
Also recommended is "Ritchie Valens the First Latino Rocker" by Beverly Mendheim.
About the Last Tour, I recommend "The Day the Music Died" by Larry Lehmer.
In DVD, get "The Real Buddy Holly Story" put out by Sir Paul McCartney.
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book. I did. Tragically, Holly lived a very short life, dying in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two. If he were still alive today I’m sure his accomplishments would’ve deserved an epic bio. Unfortunately, it isn’t so.
The author is obviously also a fan and it comes through in his writing. I’m not sure how much actual research was done, rather than piecing together Holly’s short life from previous works. But it doesn’t really matter because as mentioned, this is an overview. Sometimes it seems too “fan-inspired” with the author adding his personal commentary and excitement about Holly’s achievements, but it’s difficult to hide that when writing in a journalistic style about a topic you love.
For anyone just discovering Buddy Holly, you’ll leave understanding why he was one of the most important and again, influential artists of his era and beyond. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and many others stood on the foundation built by Holly’s music. It also brought home the point that everything he accomplished was done by the age of twenty-two. It’s even more amazing when you read that John Lennon was already twenty-four when The Beatles made their U.S. debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
It was a great loss of a great talent and the author does a good job of making that clear. This is a good starting point to learn about Buddy Holly.
The intro thanks some Holly friends and family, but the writing seems to rely on previously published sources. Some sources are noted, but in general, there is a lack of attribution. I believe what this adds to the Holly bibliography is a chronological narrative of his recordings and the personnel associated with them. It provides an outline for a recorded collection, described in the last chapter, that the author and other fans would like to see.
The text is choppy and needs a good edit. For instance, Gribbin uses a reportorial style but every now and then a first person pronoun seems to pop up. On p. 64, of the man who would become Holly's business manager Gribben says: "Petty was too young to see military service ... but still had to do his spell in the armed forces". On p. 128 "they visited Buddy's publisher, Southern Publishing in Hollywood". Not remembering this company from earlier pages I checked the index, it wasn't there. Two pages hence it is called Peer-Southern, also not in the index. If it was cited earlier, given the Petty intrigue, it should have been described in a memorable way. These are just some of the needed edits that jumped out at me.
If you are collecting everything Holly you will want to have this on your shelf. If you want a brief overview, this might be a place to start.
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