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Elvis & Buddy
The achievements of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly have been extensively documented, but until now little if anything has been known about the many ways in which their lives were interconnected. For the first time anywhere, rock'n'roll expert Alan Mann, author of The A-
"A fine mix of interesting stuff. There is great detail on Buddy and Elvis' meetings in Lubbock, Texas (and yes, the text of the Elvis letter is shown where he claimed he did not meet Buddy!) with a great contribution from Jerry Allison. The book is interspersed with 'musical interludes' comparing Buddy and Elvis songs recorded around similar times or in similar styles -
"The most fascinating aspect of Linked Lives is in the large amount of peripheral detail that emerges from the basic theme. Did you know that Elvis' version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight" is a direct copy of Al Jolson's original 1926 recording, or that the song was also a hit of a certain Vaughn Deleath in 1927? Then you have the female 'answer' records that Presley's record spawned -
"The author's soul-
"An interesting attempt to compare the lives of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly... There certainly were links between Presley and Holly. Both were born around the same time -
"I rarely have the inclination to read a whole book at one sitting. However, that's exactly what I did with this excellent book about two of the biggest names in rock'n'roll history, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. To be quite honest, I had not intended to go through the whole book in one go, but I became so absorbed in it that that's the way things worked out. And that's not a bad recommendation for any book!
It is clear that author Alan Mann is a true fan of rock'n'roll and of both Elvis and Buddy. His enthusiasm and knowledge are apparent throughout the book. In addition, the illustrations are well chosen and there are several that I'm sure I have not seen before, including at least two of Elvis. The book further provides decent potted biographies of both men, without reverting to any extensive rehashing of what has already been written in numerous other publications, but pointing out similarities in their backgrounds and influences, including Elvis' clear influence on Holly. Elvis & Buddy rounds off with a glossary of personalities associated with the two singers -
"Another fascinating read from Alan Mann... I found it absorbing, although I'm no great Elvis fan. I was most impressed with the detailed coverage of the times when the two met up in Lubbock. Superb quality book with great photos." Holly International
"Well written and interesting." Crickets File
Published: 16 August 2002
Extent: 160 pages
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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