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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.
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