The Day the Music Died: The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens

Schirmer Trade Books
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The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the 'Big Bopper' and Ritchie Valens. The tragic deaths of these three fifties Rock n Roll stars was immortalised in Don McLean's classic hit American Pie. The poignant story of the build-up to, events of, and the fall-out from the infamous 'Day The Music Died' are told here in painstaking chronological detail. A must for any serious rock n roll fan or student.
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Publisher
Schirmer Trade Books
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Published on
Mar 7, 2012
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780857127518
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Music / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
Music / Genres & Styles / Rock
Music / Individual Composer & Musician
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