By Gary. W. Moore
I’m not too sure what I was expecting when I began to read this book. An alternate history fiction where Buddy and the other musicians didn’t take that fateful plane trip?
Perhaps, but the book turned out to be the author chronicling his personal discovery of and apprecation of Buddy Holly’s music. Not only this, but it briefly speculates on the big what ifs? of Buddy Holly and the impact his death had on rock and roll. The supposed conspiracies concerning Jerry Dwyer’s flying company and the ill-fated plane are also explored but only briefly.
Not only this, but it also touches on the career of Buddy Holly impersonator John Mueller who was musically inspired by Buddy Holly as well. It really is nice to read how the music of a talented musician from Lubbock went on to inspire so many people many years after his death, and how music can bring people together for the greater good.
However, this book is by no means the best Buddy Holly book ever. Read it as a labour of love by a fan of his music, not as a rock-solid biography, as its scope is a bit too all over the place. I don’t think I could read this book again, but luckily as a book it was relatively short.
MY RATING: *** / *****