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The "Winter Dance Party Tour" was proceeding poorly -- the performers had endured a string of dates in small dancehalls in subzero weather, travelling primarily on a rickety bus that carried all of the equipment and backup players. A plane had been brought in to ease the burden on the tour's headliners, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson), and new Latino star Richie Valens, and this was causing some animosity among the bandmembers and crew who would continue to endure the poor conditions on the bus. As the doors closed and the plane taxied, no one involved -- from the disgruntled roadies to the doomed pilot -- suspected that February 3, 1959 would be immortalized in rock history as "the day the music died".
The deaths of Holly, Richardson, and Valens have spurred controversy among fans and historians alike, with conflicting theories about what happened in the days and hours before the crash. Now, drawing on over 20 years of interviews with fans, the surviving musicians, and the promoters and radio personalities who organized the tour, Larry Lehmer has recreated the final days of these rock legends, and unearthed startling new information about the crash and its aftermath. For all those interested in the history of rock, and in one of this century's greatest unsolved mysteries, this book offers fresh evidence and new insights into the tragic events.-- Draws on 20 years of interviews with journalists, promoters, disc jockeys, and the bandmembers-- Unparalleled glimpse of the lives of three rock icons-- Unpublished photographs and interviews
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