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Buddy Holly: a fresh perspective,
This review is from: Not Fade Away: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly (Hardcover)
John Gribbin's excellent book 'Not Fade Away' provides a fresh perspective on the life and music of Buddy Holly which should be welcome to even the most avid and knowledgable fan.
This is the first book, at least of which I am aware, which details the complete recording history of Buddy's works. Every recording session and the details of the product of each session is skilfully interwoven into the narrative so that a much clearer sense and feeling for the chronology of Buddy's brief but prolific musical output is achieved.
Some startling facts are brought into sharp focus; how young the principal players were; how many other musicians were in Buddy's orbit; how few (three) USA top ten hits Buddy had both during his life and posthumously. Further, that the use of orchestration on Buddy's recordings was chronologically a recent phenomenon - yet an enduring and influential one.
After fifty years one might be forgiven for thinking that little new could emerge; in terms of raw data that may be true. Although I have been a Buddy fan for more than those fifty years I felt I learned a lot contextually from this fine book.