American Legends: The Life of Buddy Holly

ISBN: 9781500657512
*Includes pictures
*Includes some of Buddy Holly's quotes
*Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading

“If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they won't even let you in the hotel.” – Buddy Holly

At the time of Buddy Holly’s birth in 1936, in Lubbock Texas, rock music and its various hybrid genres were in early infancy. Signs of rock’s future magnitude would soon be seen in the sexual charisma of the young Elvis Presley, the rhythm and passion of Chuck Berry, the riveting musical dialogues of Little Richard, and the raw virtuosity of Jerry Lee Lewis. Even then, however, no one yet knew what a rock star really was, and who could become one. Viewed in that light, observers of the time must have thought it fantastical that a nerdy boy-next-door, wearing bow ties and thick, dark horn-rimmed glasses, would consider such a climb into the rarified air of the traditionally-accepted stage performer, with a charisma not to be found in daily life.

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