Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Musicby Gary W. Moore
FINALIST FOR MEMOIRS (HISTORICAL/LEGACY/CAREER), 2011, THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS
He was just a kid from Lubbock, Texas, sporting black horn-rimmed glasses, blue jeans, a white T-shirt, white socks, and loafers. And he changed the course of music history. Today, more than five decades after his tragic death,
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FINALIST FOR MEMOIRS (HISTORICAL/LEGACY/CAREER), 2011, THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS
He was just a kid from Lubbock, Texas, sporting black horn-rimmed glasses, blue jeans, a white T-shirt, white socks, and loafers. And he changed the course of music history. Today, more than five decades after his tragic death, Buddy Holly still affects lives around the world.
Critically acclaimed author Gary W. Moore was not a fan of rock music. He was familiar with Buddy’s name and thought he was dead, but couldn’t name even a single song Buddy had written or performed. In a single evening all that changed when the late great Buddy Holly reached out from a stage in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and seized Gary’s heart and soul through a songnot a song written or performed by Buddy, but a song about Buddy performed by musician John Mueller. Even Buddy’s closest friends say John is Buddy reincarnated, and his resemblance and music will take your breath away.
Hey Buddy is a warm and intimate chronicle of the author’s personal journey to discover more about the young man from Lubbock, his music, his influence, and the times in which he lived. Join Gary as he meets Buddy’s personal friends, celebrities, and everyday Buddy enthusiasts. Their unique stories will make you laugh, smile, cry, and think all the while “What if?” What if Buddy had lived instead of perishing in that terrible plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, on that winter night in 1959? What if Buddy had continued to write music into the 1960s and 70s? What if . . .
Along the way Gary discovers the darker side behind Buddy’s last hours. The doomed Dwyer Flying Service charter flight took off in deteriorating weather with an inexperienced 21-year-old pilot who was not instrument-rated. The Dwyers claim they have the plane wreckage in which Buddy, Ritchie Valens, “Big Bopper” Richardson, and the pilot died, and told Gary “the truth has never been told about what happened on that flight.” With the help of a retired National Transportation Safety Board aviation crash expert, Gary recreates the short flight and reaches an intriguing conclusion about what really happened during the plane’s final moments.
A rollercoaster ride of emotion, Hey Buddy offers a surprising examination of our culture and how the young man from Lubbock brought us from where we were five decades ago to where we are today. His dramatic and enduring legacy influenced everyone from The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Don McLean to writers, fans, and . . . John Mueller, who took the stage in Iowa one cold night not long ago to recreate The Winter Dance Party of 1959 and, in doing so, influenced an author to pick up his pen and explore a legacy that still affects us today.
About the Author: Gary W. Moore is a motivational speaker, accomplished musician, and the award-winning author of Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home (Savas Beatie, 2006; Penguin, 2008), the story of his father’s secret life in baseball and war. Playing with the Enemy has inspired readers worldwide and will soon be a major motion picture. Gary has contributed to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and has been featured in national publications, on syndicated radio, and on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.
“Hey Buddy is a page-turning pursuit of Buddy Holly’s legacy and his impact on others in and out of the music industry. It’s as American as apple pie and as compelling as Don McLean’s legendary hit about The Day the Music Died. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore and get two copiesone for you and another for anyone you know who listens to music.”
James Riordan, New York Times bestselling author of Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison
“Gary Moore’s Hey Buddy is a touching narrative that chronicles his fascinating journey of discovery into the life and music of Buddy Holly through the spirited performances of John Mueller while endeavoring to explain the profound impact Buddy’s musical legacy continues to have more than fifty years after his tragic demise.”
Jacqueline A. Bober, Curator, The Buddy Holly Center
“A rock-and-rollercoaster of a read! Gary Moore’s emotional account of his discovery of Buddy Holly and the eye-and ear-witnesses of Holly’s genius is a memorial to the influence of one of rock’s true pioneers. You’ll ‘Rave On’ about this unforgettable story!”
Bill Guertin, longtime vinyl rock-and-roll DJ and the author of Reality Sells: The 800-Pound Gorilla of Sales
“We’ve all had Uncle Charlies in our lives who were fun to be around because they told such great stories; we always wanted to hear more. For me, Gary Moore is the ‘Uncle Charlie’ of American writers. He is a great storyteller through the written wordand I always want to read more. Now he’s done it again with Hey Buddy.”
John Skipper, author of Meredith Willson: The Unsinkable Music Man
“Hey Buddy illustrates the raw power that passion for a topic can have when it grips an unsuspecting writer. Author Gary Moore is not only a gifted storyteller but an accomplished musician and a pilot, and he uses these attributes to provide new and unique insights into Holly’s music, his all-too-brief life . . . and his death.”
Bonnie Bartel Latino, author and former columnist for Stars and Stripes newspaper–Europe
“Buddy Holly inspired a generation of musical greatness. But in many ways, he was very different from the musicians he inspired in his short life. These differences are what allowed a former rock n roll naysayer to finally come to grips with his musical prejudice. In discovering Buddy, Gary Moore learns as much about himself as he does about a generation of music he had selectively tuned out. Hey Buddy allowed me to walk on this journey with him. It is really terrificsweet, sad, informative, and even patriotic. This is a great read for anyone remotely interested in music and why it does or doesn’t make us tick.”
Beth Kenney-Augustine, Emmy award-winning producer
". . . a thoroughly fun read [and] crazy good." - Chicago Sun-Times
“…provides a wonderfully balanced account of Moore’s investigations. Intelligent and accessible throughout, it reveals Moore’s new found love and warmth for Buddy which we, as readers, can share.”
Now Dig This, 06/2011
“…a warm and intimate chronicle…for Buddy Holly fans, and indeed anyone interested in his music and times…then this is going to be a must have on your shopping list…I recommend thoroughly.”
“…comfortable read and recommended as a gentle introduction to the man who was Buddy Holly.”
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"Hey Buddy" is primarily the author's unexpected, but passionate, journey to discover more about rock 'n roll pioneer, the late Buddy Holly, who died at age 22 in a plane crash in an Iowa cornfield on Feb 3, 1959.The crash also took the lives of musicians Richie Valens, J.P. (the "Big Bopper") Richardson,and the young charter pilot. Gary Moore sets out neither to write about, nor explore, the fatal crash.However as he travels the roads of discovery, his Buddy Holly journey meets with a jaw-dropping head-on collision in Clear Lake, Iowa, where the plane crashed. The elderly wife of the owner of the flying service, which owned the ill-fated plane, tells Moore that the true story behind what happened that fateful night has not yet been told. When he presses for clarification, she breaks off contact."Hey Buddy" includes Moore's impassioned plea to the woman and her husband to make their information public. The woman's declaration sends Moore's journey on a detour from his original path as he attempts to unravel what really happened during the deadly crash that singer-songwriter, Don McLean immortalized in his iconic song "American Pie" that includes the haunting lyrics, "the day the music died." With the help of a retired National Transportation Safety Board crash investigator, Moore also presents a new theory about what likely happened in the final moments of the flight. As enticing as are these detours, Moore follows his obsession to explain Holly's profound impact on music and on so many people; to learn more about his new buddy, John Mueller, who portrays Holly on stage in an annual series of concerts called the Winter Dance Party circuit; and to understand why he himself shunned most music for an entire decade. Along the way Moore shares insight into Buddy Holly's humanity. With his first royalty check, Holly purchased new pews for his church in Lubbock, Texas.Throughout the interviews conducted in Iowa, Moore finds residents who still carry a heavy sadness eerily akin to the guilt that many Texans have said they felt after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. The author scores a coveted telephone interview with Don McLean and another with (then)teen idol, Bobby Vee. The author also discovers a legion of Buddy Holly enthusiasts who weren't born when Holly died. By the time the author and his magnificent obsession reach the Iowa crash site and Holly's grave in Lubbock,he has lured readers to enthusiastically embrace his pilgrimage. "Hey Buddy" is effective as narrative non-fiction thanks to the author's style. Gary Moore's breathless enthusiasm, his unflinching willingness to examine his own past, and his self-effacing wit combine to charm all but the most jaded. Fair disclosure: I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the publisher, Savas Beatie, LLC.
I thought after living in Lubbock, Texas for 40 years that I knew a lot about Buddy Holly, but Gary Moore has opened my eyes to more details about the life and death of this Rock & Roll pioneer. Moore forms his own opinions of the controversies surrounding Buddy that continue today, but gives equal treatment to opposing points of view. "Hey Buddy" is the story of the author's coming to know Buddy Holly, but Moore's background as a pilot and aircraft owner is a great aid in understanding the accident that killed Buddy, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, and their pilot in Feb. 1959. He also comes to understand how Buddy Holly is remembered in his hometown to this day. He really nails it!! Definitely required reading for Rock & Roll enthusiasts.
----Original Message-- Subject: I loved your Buddy Holly book- Hi, Mr. Moore, I just now finished "Hey Buddy" and thought that it was a wonderful work, and hope you don't mind me telling you how much I appreciated it. I loved how you spoke of receiving the gift of his music, which happened to me exactly the same way at the age of 4. I have spent my whole life admiring the man's great music and life, and although I never knew him, cause I was just too young, I bet he would have been very pleased at how you accurately paint him as a person. I am very happy that you got to meet my great friend Bill Griggs, whom we are mourning as I speak. Bill spent his whole life researching Buddy's life, and I honestly don't know what we are going to do without him. Sorry to ramble, I loved your book. It is great. Thank you! Brett Lowden
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A touching and often very funny book about the intersections of music, biography, and the inner life. When he's taken to a Buddy Holly tribute (John Mueller's Winter Dance Party), Gary Moore tumbles into irresistible obsession with a kind of music and period of history that, for complex personal reasons, he had previously tried to ignore. Wisely, he chooses to open himself to the experience, catching up with Holly's own story and its context, developing new relationships with people who loved it before him, and at every turn examining the nature of his own surprising mental and emotional process. While he is not perhaps the most literary writer, Moore's every word rings with honesty and passion. Ideal for rock & roll fans or anyone who has ever fallen hard for a work of art.
'I LOVED this author's first book "Playing with the Enemy" and when you take to an author, you will read anything he writes even if the subject matter doesn't initially grab you. Not that I don't think that Buddy's music and story were legendary, I just didn't think there was anything I could learn from it. Boy was I wrong... Great things really do come from giving in to that nagging feeling that we all get from time to time. Many of us will ignore it, but Mr. Moore chose to pursue it and the result was a great story that began without a plan. What he truly got out of his journey only he can say, but as a reader, I think he resolves a mysterious conflict with his past, forgives the 60's and learns to love rock n roll - all thanks to a new found Buddy. To me, this is yet another great American story - about Buddy and Gary - they both seem to bring out the best in people.
" Hey Buddy" is a wonderful and magical journey to find Buddy Holly -- the man, the legend, and his music. You will be blown away by what you hear and what you learn from Holly. From the crash investigations, talking to the Dwyers', and just exploring a decade of music, you thought you knew. This one is a keeper." "Hey Buddy"- In pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music by Gary W. Moore 2011, Savas Beatie Publishing 219 Pages I must start this review by saying I have never in my life, borrowed, checked out, read, listened or reviewed a book on music or musical artist(s). It is just not a subject that interested me. I was looking over Savas Beatie's offering for 2011 and for some reason this book stood out to me, almost calling me. I went back to the page several times before ordering my copy. "Hey Buddy" is Not a Biography on Buddy Holly. It IS a wonderful and magical journey to find Buddy Holly - The man, the legend and the music. We learn quickly that the author shared my view on music history; knowing a little but not really interested until that one night changed his life forever. After being dragged to an event called the "Winter Dance Party" performed by John Mueller who impersonates Buddy, Gary W. Moore was transfixed, mesmerized and struck to the core. What this entire book revolves around his the quest to find the music. Gary W. Moore book "Hey Buddy" is a Masterpiece. He takes us on the journey with him. We are there from the first moment that these emotions hit to the final visit to the crash site. You will find yourself researching, looking, listening and reading to what he did. Seriously, do not be surprised if you find yourself on the computer until 2-3AM. Even though this book is a personal journey for Gary; his writing, his research; it is strangely perceived at the end as personal journey for you the reader. The reason I am stating this as a Masterpiece is that although this is his journey. I found myself not really seeing him that much in the book. I was in his skin, in his shoes and experiencing this journey for myself. It was my story! Along this epic ride we take with us a host of characters; some serious, some funny, some sad and some angry. All of them culminate to bring this story to life. "Hey Buddy" will be one of your all-time favorites as it is now for me. This is a book and a journey you will have to experience for yourself and I promise you will not be disappointed. "Hey Buddy" is for the hardcore Holly Fans and for those who have just heard about him. You will be blown away by what you hear and what you learn about Holly. From the crash investigations, talking to the Dwyers' and just exploring a decade of music you thought you knew. This one is a keeper. Craig Anderson Our History Project
A travelogue at best.This writer knew nothing about Buddy before undertaking these journey's.The writing seems at times like a high school term paper.Author let's you know about his (Con)servative views.Dislikes John Kerry+Bruce Springsteen and lets you know why.No place in a Buddy Holly book.A Buddy Holly look alike is mentioned at every opportunity (I wonder if Mr.Moore manages him?)I have been a Holly fan for many years and have read most of the life and times books,it is a delusion to think this will be the definitive Buddy book like one of the reviewers writes (must be a shill).The only truly interesting sections were the question of where the wreckage resides today.There is no answer to that.Buddy fans beware of this money grab.