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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROCK LEGEND: BUDDY HOLLY, 29 July 2009
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This review is from: Everyday: Getting Closer to Buddy Holly (Paperback)
Four and a half INCISIVE Stars!! British author Spencer Leigh has written and assembled remembrances by friends and musicians that reveal a very detailed accounting of phases of the life and times of the star-crossed "rock & roll" icon Buddy Holly who died so young and tragically on "The Day The Music Died". Even the "Take Your Time"- "Buddy Holly Timeline" gives hints at the detail that is to follow and how much Buddy was in the mix with rockabillly, country, Tex Mex, and R&B music and artists of those days, right there in Lubbock Texas and the surrounding area. Born of means so modest that his mother had Holly's birth home destroyed rather than have fans see it, Holly entered the world with a birth announcement in the papers that got almost everything wrong, including his sex, and a birth certificate that got his sex right but had one erroneous harbinger of the fame to come.

From this point on the author and contributors give a fascinating accounting of the rise to stardom from the city of Lubbock Texas to travels across the US, to Britain and Australia, to the deadly plane crash in Iowa that also killed Ritchie Valens and J P. (Big Bopper) Richardson, and the pilot. From his family, the local musicians, Echo, "Peggy Sue" Gerreon, Buddy and Bob, Norman Petty, Elvis & Little Richard in Lubbock, Buddy Knox, the Crickets, the record 'name game', the shady recording business, the Strat-one rhythm guitar and voice that influenced all who followed, Maria Elena Santiago, the Apollo appearance, New York City & so on, Spencer Leigh has written a book that is revealing, answers questions, and slams the door on some blatant lies. Despite the absence of photographs and presence of 'filler' material, this short but detailed book opens a wide window on Holly's activities and accomplishments. For many, Buddy's tragic death in 1959 is permanently memorialized in the song "American Pie" and was the first shocking internationally-felt rock music idol loss, compounded by the loss of rising stars Valens and Richardson, that is grouped with the deaths of JFK and those that followed in the '60's. This book documents the life and times of Buddy Holly, Rock and Roll Legend. A great weekend read. My Highest Recommendation. Four and a half STRATOCASTER Stars! (large-format paperback book, discography, jacket photographs only, 207 pages)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting closer to Buddy Holly...., 16 Jun. 2009
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This book is probably the best book ever written about Buddy Holly. The author has interviewed many of the people who knew Buddy best including Maria Elena Holly, Sonny Curtis, Bob Montgomery(Buddy and Bob),Jerry Allison and Tommy Allsup (who gave up his seat on the 'plane to Ritchie Valens on the 'Day the music died.') Those who were influenced by him such as Bruce Welch, Bobby Vee, Marshall Crenshaw, Joe Ely, Albert Lee and Leo Sayer etc, all give their comments on the man and his music. The book includes a comprehensive UK and US discography of Buddy Holly and The Crickets, and the group's post Holly recordings. If you think you already know everything about Buddy Holly then perhaps after you've read this book you could go on 'Mastermind' and be grilled by John Humphrys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyday : Getting closer to Buddy Holly, 2 Sept. 2010
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A readable, well presented book although there were new contributors there was nothing that I was not previously aware of having already read some four or five earlier books on the subject of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. A good discography included, but there are no photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy brilliant, 7 May 2011
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Having read umpteen biographies on Buddy Holly it is nice to read the anecdotes of people who knew him.The book also has an indepth description of both Buddy Holly and The Crickets recording history from the days before Buddy was famous up until shortly before his untimely death.As with all Spencer Leigh books it is a great read and a must for any true Buddy Holly fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLLY IS A JOLLY GOOD READ, 18 Dec. 2011
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This is a must for all Buddy Holly fans. Spencer Leigh has done some in depth research and obviously has a passion for his subject. This book gives an insight into Holly's life. Others who knew him also relate their tales. 'Oh Boy'! this is a great read. Don't 'think it over' add this one to your collection.

DAVID A ELLIS
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buddy Holly biography, 1 Aug. 2009
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One of the best biographies of the great Buddy Holly I have read: it brought the era to life, and the quotes from Buddy's friends and colleagues were quite illuminating. I enjoyed it so much, I wrote to the author to congratulate him on a great read. Highly recommended.
John Wilson, Cambridge
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