Rave on: The Biography of Buddy Holly

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Simon & Schuster, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 332 pages
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Philip Norman uses his unique skills to recreate the impetuous yet shy, modest yet steely willed Texan who was his first musical hero. He has gained exclusive access to an extraordinary archive of never-before-seen letters, contracts, and personal memorabilia, which dispel the many mysteries still lingering around Buddy's name and allow the reader to share some of the most intimate moments in his short but crowded life. Buddy's family and close friends have also spoken frankly about him - notably his widow, Maria Elena, giving her first in-depth interview in more than twenty years. Commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of Buddy's birth, Rave On is a revealing, sometimes shocking, but always warmly affectionate portrait of America's mythical rock'n'roll era and its brightest and most enduring star.

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User Review  - Albert - Goodreads

A labor of love, but still, there seems to be many holes in the story he tells. Also, the author inserts himself into the narrative far too much for my tastes. His Beatles book is far better. I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Burton - Goodreads

Very interesting book especially on the role of Norman Petty and the details of the plane crash.A great rock star whose work has stood the test of time.A sad and moving account from a true fan. Read full review


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Philip Norman is a journalist and a novelist who in 1968 was assigned to cover the Beatles' own business utopia, Apple Corps, from the inside. He is the author of "Rave On: The Biography of Buddy Holly" and many other books.

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