Buddy Holly: Rave On (2017)

I was delighted to hear that this documentary had been broadcast on BBC4 earlier this month, where the life and career of the late great Buddy Holly is discussed by those closest to him, as well as other musicians who were influenced by his work.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I watched this documentary. I never want to be a purist when it comes to documentaries and other similar media. To be honest, I really liked this documentary. It was really well put together without being pandering or overbearing, while still appealing to fans old and new who love Buddy Holly’s music (like me!) or who are interested in the legacy his music left.

While the documentary didn’t cover everything, it was still really well produced and was a brilliant homage to a talented singer who died too young. Some reviews I have read thought it to be just a parade of old men reminiscing about their linkages with Buddy Holly. However, it seemed to surpass this and if it was being watched by someone who had only just discovered the music of Buddy Holly, it would certainly be a good place to start.

It is unfortunate that Buddy Holly’s career ended so tragically over 60 years ago and of course the interviewees any documentary maker can pull from will be on the decline. However, here, I think they did the best they could with what they had, and that can only be seen as a good thing.

MY RATING: **** / *****


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