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Revenge of the (Rock) Nerd

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Buddy HollyThey weren't direct opposites, but in many ways, Buddy Holly was the anti-Elvis. Elvis sneered, Buddy smiled. Elvis smoldered, Buddy gave off the easygoing bonhomie of someone you could let your daughter date without fear. And then, of course, there were those wonderfully large horn-rimmed glasses.Although he may have been a nerd rock pioneer during his way-too-short musical career, Holly influenced a huge number of cool kids to follow. Legend has it the Beatles named their band partially in reference to Holly's band, the Crickets, and Bob Dylan credits a Holly concert he saw as a teenager for his calling to make music.Discuss | Next up: Frank ZappaS&G/Redferns/Retna Ltd.
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