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Buddy’s STORY

THE ROCK BAND BLUEPRINT – SELF-PENNED SONGS, TWO GUITARS, BASS AND DRUMS – WAS LAID DOWN IN A MAGICAL TWO-YEAR PERIOD IN THE LATE ‘50S BY A SKINNY KID FROM LUBBOCK, TEXAS…
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What relevance does Buddy Holly have in the 21st century? How can the geeky, bespectacled bloke Elvis Costello stole fashion tips from still be relevant nearly 60 years after he became the fi rst rock star to die young?

One obvious answer is that he was the guitar hero to so many. Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Je_ Beck, George Harrison, Albert Lee – they, and many more, all grew up on Buddy Holly’s music. McCartney now owns the man’s song copyrights, while Albert Lee is the only Brit to have been a Cricket. And after Eric gave up on Cream’s amplifi ed bluesrock, he returned to his roots and busked Buddy’s Well… All Right in Hyde Park with a few mates, Blind Faith.

Then there’s The Crickets. McCartney once said, “If it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t be any Beatles.” He’s right. This was the fi rst self-contained rock’n’roll band that wrote and played their own songs. More than that, they pioneered overdubbing and multitrack recording years before it became standard practice, thanks to producer Norman Petty, and their ‘two guitars, bass and drums’ format that did away with brought-in studio backing and became the rock’n’roll norm worldwide.

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Vintage Rock magazine is an all-out celebration of rock'n'roll to satisfy the largest of appetites. Each issue we bring you exclusive artist interviews and in-depth features, plentiful reviews of the latest releases and live events – plus we keep you up to date with all the latest happenings on the rockin' scene. Whether revisiting the giants of rockabilly, rock'n'roll and R&B past, or highlighting the fresh talent that's pushing rock'n'roll forward, we deliver the lot.