Buddy Holly was my favorite rock artist when he was alive and still is. A true pioneer of the genre, setting the template for the standard Rock'N'Roll band: a lead & rhythm guitar, drums & bass. He was also among the first in the genre to write, produce and perform his own songs. He managed to bridge the racial divide and along with Elvis Presley, created a genre of music with it's roots in rockabilly country, and blues inspired R & B. And the songs, beginning w/"That'll be the Day", "Peggy Sue" and running through the innovative "True Love Ways" and "I Guess it Doesn't Matter Anymore", are among the best rock anthems ever written. All this in a career that spanned barely a year and a half. This film is a good commemorative of Holly's life, but it bears little resemblance to the real Buddy Holly story. Notwithstanding, the dramatic performance of Gary Busey as Holly; and the musical performances of Busey, Don Stroud and Charles Martin Smith, as Buddy Holly and the Crickets, are extraordinary and make this a movie worth watching.