Buddy Holly: Words of Love Deluxe


Buddy Holly: Words of Love Deluxe

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Author: María Elena Holly and the Buddy Holly Educational
Format: Craft Bound
Publication date: 01/10/2024
Imprint: Genesis Publications
ISBN: 9781905662920

Signed Book, Print and Vinyl Boxed Set

Numbered 1 to 500, each Deluxe copy is signed by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

Born out of a conversation with Roger Daltrey, who first conceived the idea of Words of Love back in 2017, Genesis Publications is honoured to publish the definitive celebration of musician, songwriter and rock and roll trailblazer, Buddy Holly.
In partnership with María Elena Holly and The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, this seminal volume is narrated by over 80 of the world’s most influential musicians – such as David Gilmour, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend and Brian Wilson – and covers Buddy’s life, music and enduring legacy, offering an unseen perspective on the man behind the timeless music.
Words of Love is presented as a signed limited edition boxed set of just 559 copies and features original cover art created specially by Ronnie Wood.

The Deluxe Copies include:
• The brown clothbound edition with black and sonic blue foiling, signed by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, presented in a handmade sonic blue clamshell box
• An 8\” x 10\” photographic print of a previously unpublished portrait of Buddy Holly
• An exclusive 7\” vinyl pressing featuring two rare home recordings made by Buddy Holly

‘His persona, his songs, his guitar playing, and those awesome harmonies still resonate with me today.’ – Brian May

Participating in Words of Love are over 80 iconic musicians welcomed as ambassadors of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation over the course of the last decade. This book has been in the works for six of those years, and throughout this time, many ambassadors have contributed to this project. Words of Love includes contributions from Crickets Jerry ‘JI’ Allison and Sonny Curtis and friends of Buddy, Paul Anka, Dion, Duane Eddy and Don Everly. An incredible roll call of some of the world’s most famous musicians are taking part, including Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris, Brian May, Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Pete Townshend, among many more – all of whom cite Buddy Holly as a central influence on their own incredible careers.

Illustrating their text, each contributor has provided a handwritten dedication to Buddy, their own ‘words of love’, and each is pictured today with a unique guitar gifted to them by the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation – a replica of Buddy’s own 1943 Gibson J45. This special guitar is gifted to ambassadors in recognition of their work supporting the Foundation, including this project, each named after a song Buddy either recorded, performed or demo’d. Each instrument features a leather cover, hand-tooled in tribute to the one Buddy made himself, inspired by the legendary Hank Williams, and of course, Elvis Presley. The ambassadors write, record and perform with these bespoke instruments and by doing so keep the memory of Buddy alive.
The Deluxe copies are quarter-bound in apple leather and cloth with black and sonic blue foiling and gold page edging. The front cover is screen printed with artwork created exclusively for this project by Ronnie Wood.

Additionally, Deluxe copies include a photographic print of a previously unpublished portrait of Buddy Holly. Hand-numbered and blind-stamped with Buddy’s signature, the print is suitable for framing (size: 8\” x 10\”).

Completing the boxed set, an exclusive 7-inch vinyl pressing features two rare home recordings made by Buddy Holly.


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