- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; 2nd UK ed. edition (April 6 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848313837
- ISBN-13: 978-1848313835
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,816,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Not Fade Away: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly Paperback – Apr 6 2012
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If you want an introduction to the man and his music, you should read this charming and enthusiastic volume by John Gribbin.''Buddy Holly and The Crickets had an electrifying effect on us as young lads in Liverpool ... things would definitely not have been the same without his huge talent. Love ya' Buddy!''Buddy Holly and The Crickets had an electrifying effect on us as young lads in Liverpool. We were inspired to learn guitar by seeing him on television and listening to his records. 'That'll Be The Day' blew our minds and Lord knows how long we took trying to learn the opening riff. His guitar and vocal style was massively influential on us as writers and players and things would definitely not have been the same without his huge talent. Love ya' Buddy! P.S. The name of his band, TheCrickets, also influenced our choice of band name so those boys have a lot to answer for!''This new book provides the excuse to keep Holly's music-making memory and influences alive.'
About the Author
John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge before becoming afull-time science writer and is the 'master of popular science writing' according to the Sunday Times. He has worked for Nature and the New Scientist, and has contributed to The Times and the Independent. His numerous books include In Search of Schrodinger's Cat and Science: A History. Not Fade Away is his first ever non-science title.
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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.