Not Fade Away
The Life and Music of Buddy HollyeBook - 2012
Science writer John Gribbin’ s popular biography of Buddy Holly – his first ever non-science title – originally published on the 50th anniversary of Holly’ s tragic death. Buddy Holly was killed at 22 when the plane he was travelling in crashed on 3 February 1959. Although this was less than two years after Holly’ s first hit record, Don McLean described this as ‘ the day the music died.’ But Sonny Curtis, Holly’ s friend and musical colleague, told us that the music didn’ t die, because ‘ Buddy Holly lives every time you play rock’ n’ roll.’ More than fifty years after Holly’ s death, his lasting influence on pop is clear; a musical based on his life has run for longer than Holly was alive. The Beatles chose That’ ll Be the Day by Buddy’ s group The Crickets as their first attempt at recording, as well taking inspiration for their name. Clearly, the music didn’ t die! John Gribbin, an ardent fan since he was 12 presents this labour of love written in the spirit of Sonny Curtis’ lyric, as a celebration of Holly’ s all too brief life, and as an introduction, for all those not around in 1959, to the man and his astonishing musical legacy. It also includes – uniquely – a full and detailed account of every Holly recording session, which any Buddy fan will devour.
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