Buddy Holly didn't live very long. His life ended in a snowstorm with The Big Bopper and Richie Valens in 1959. Their plane went down, and the event was later eulogized in Don McLean's song "American Pie." How much of a movie could be made about a young man who never survived his early
twenties? The answer is . . . a whole lot! Busey is perfect as Holly, and all the small roles are well cast. The story only spans a few years, from Holly's youth in Lubbock to his death. Lubbock is one of those quiet and conservative towns, and Holly was chastised for his descent into rock and
roll. The music was too "black" for the community's white sensibilities. Holly paid them no...