Biographies / Autobiorgaphies

Buddy Holly: His Life and Music

by John Goldrosen.

Another Buddy Holly biography.

This was originally published in the 1970s, and as a result luckily benefits from more first hand accounts from those who were associated with Buddy Holly.

As a biography, there is nothing remarkable about this one. If anything, I wasn’t surprised by any of the content that this book contained. However, reading more about the music business side of things was interesting and certainly shows how much the Crickets were manipulated by Norman Petty.

Coming from a cultural perspective of 40 years in the past it is interesting to see Goldrosen deconstruct the songs and look at them with a critical perspective, especially because in the 21st century the music listening experience is still as multifaceted as before. Indeed, the playlist I am listening to at the time of writing this blogpost contains plenty of Buddy Holly songs.

The book certainly acknowledges the contradictions at play in Buddy’s personality, which is interesting because at least it doesn’t try and push him as purer-than-the-driven-snow. It does, however, speculate what might have been if his career had been allowed to flourish unfettered by death.

While not as good a book as the Phillip North book, this book was still a solid enough read to sustain my interest to the end. I also found out that John Goldrosen was a writer for the Buddy Holly film from the 1970s. Erm…the less said about that the better.

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****

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