“Poor old Buddy”

By |2013-08-13T22:50:42-07:00May 6, 2012|Uncategorized|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Greil Marcus sends a link to this rare footage from 1972: John Lennon playing "Rock Island Line," with snatches of two Buddy Holly numbers, "Maybe Baby" and "Peggy Sue." Yoko provides handclaps for the first number (in rhythm!) and vocal interjections for the latter. But mainly it's just John's voice and raunchy guitar reaching out in time, coming back with a feeling you can see in his face. In return, I sent Marcus this photo I took on April 22, 2011, outside the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy Holly played the night before his plane went [...]

I read the news today: "Oh Boy!"

By |2015-01-16T18:06:58-08:00February 3, 2008|Uncategorized|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  49 years ago today, a Beech Bonanza craft went down in a farmer's field five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane had just taken off from the Mason City Municipal Airport and was on its way to Fargo, North Dakota. The cause of the crash was uncertain, but it was almost certainly due to the icy winter conditions. Inhabitants included a pilot and three rock 'n' roll singers; none survived. All Beatles fans should take a pause to remember the names and contributions of Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and—especially—Buddy Holly, but for whom the [...]

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