Buddy Holly Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Goldrosen, John, and Beecher, John. Remembering Buddy: The Definitive Biography. New York: Penguin Books, 1986, 204 p.

Appreciative study based in part on a revised edition of Goldrosen's Buddy Holly: His Life and Music, published in 1975.


Flippo, Chet. "Buddy Holly Lives!" Rolling Stone, No. 263 (20 April 1978): 14.

Notice of the release of The Buddy Holly Story, a film biography starring Gary Busey.

Friedman, Kinky. "Buddy Holly's Texas." Rolling Stone (19 April 1990): 103.

Offers impressions of Texan culture and the development of distinctive musical styles in Texas in the 1950s.

Gillett, Charlie. "The Independents: II." In his The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll, rev. ed., pp. 96-9. New York: Pantheon Books, 1983.

Discusses Holly in a survey of rock music from 1954 to 1961. According to Gillett, "That'll Be the Day" is notable in part because it "expressed an attitude that many of its listeners wished they could be brave enough to say out loud."

Shaw, Arnold. "The Tex-Mex Sound." In his The Rockin' '50s: The Decade That Transformed the Pop Music Scene, pp. 185-87. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1974.

Discusses Holly, Buddy Knox, and Jimmy Bowen. Shaw notes that "That'll Be the Day" explores "the ambivalent emotions of a young man, worried that his girl would not return, and confident that she could not stay away."

Thigpen, David. "Vocal Heroes." Harper's Bazaar 123, No. 3,347 (November 1990): 172, 175.

Discusses the New York debut of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, a theatrical production that originated in London.

Ward, Ed; Stokes, Geoffrey; and Tucker, Ken. Rock of Ages: The "Rolling Stone" History of Rock & Roll. New York: Rolling Stone Press/Summit Books, 1986, 649 p.

Includes references throughout to Holly and his importance to the early development of rock music.

Additional coverage of Holly's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Contemporary Musicians, Vol. 1.