Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music

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Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
. . . a thoroughly fun read [and] crazy good.
Now Dig This
"…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."

"…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."
Maggie's Blue Suede News
...comfortable read and recommended as a gentle introduction to the man who was Buddy Holly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932714975
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,389,776
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Moore

Gary W. Moore is the president and managing partner of Covenant Air & Water, LLC, a motivational speaker, and an accomplished musician.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    "Hey Buddy" could eventually be THE definitive Buddy Holly book

    "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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended if you have any interest in Buddy Holly

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    A great book-

    ----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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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    As funny and touching as it was educational. Loved it.

    '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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    A wonderful and magical journey

    " 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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Fun, touching, and insightful

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    The day literature died!

    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.

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