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Hey Buddy Wins Indie Book Award ‘Finalist’ for author’s pursuit of Buddy Holly’s continuing impact on music and the lives of fans

Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music
By Gary W. Moore (Savas Beatie, 2011)

Hey Buddy by award-winning author Gary W. Moore was selected as a finalist in the General Non-Fiction and Memoir categories of the Indie Book Awards.

Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music is Gary Moore’s chronicle of his personal journey to determine what made Holly so appealing and his music so timeless. He interviews Buddy’s personal friends and family members, people who were there the day of the crash, celebrities, and current-day Buddy enthusiasts.  

Along the way, Moore uncovers new information about the doomed charter flight that took off in bad weather with an inexperienced 21-year-old pilot. Himself a pilot, Moore and an aviation crash expert formerly with the National Transportation Safety Board recreate the short flight. Moore is calling for a team of experts to re-evaluate the crash and plane wreckage based on claims from the owners of the plane that the truth behind what happened that fateful night has never been told.

“I am so very grateful to the selection committee for recognizing Hey Buddy in not just one, but two separate categories,” said Moore. “I am delighted that my journey to learn more about the late great Buddy Holly is receiving this recognition and that Buddy is being introduced through my book to a new generation of fans.”

The 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest non-profit book awards program worldwide, are judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience. The award is given by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group for the best indie books of 2011.

"We like to think of our awards program as the 'Sundance' of the book publishing world," says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the 2011 book awards program.

Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

According to Goulet, "Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don't experience. They typically have to work a lot harder to get their best books into retail stores and ultimately into the hands of readers."

"Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books," adds Goulet. "They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.”

About Author Gary W. Moore

Gary W. Moore is an inspirational and motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, accomplished musician, and award-winning and critically acclaimed author.

As author of Playing with the Enemy, Gary tells the story of his father, Gene Moore and his remarkable life in baseball and war. Playing with the Enemy will soon be a major motion picture. Gary is also a contributing author to the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of two upcoming books, Brimstone: The Dee Harper Story; and Carbon Hill.

Gary has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Selling Power Magazine, Sales and Marketing Management Magazine, Impromptu Magazine, and Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine, and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.

Gary is a recipient of the prestigious Sam Walton Leadership Award and because of his unique speaking and writing style, has become known as “America’s Storyteller!”™

Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music
By Gary W. Moore

List $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-932714-97-5
Published January 2011 by Savas Beatie LLC

Available at bookstores nationwide and online.

For more information and book tour schedule dates, visit www.heybuddybook.com

What People Are Saying

“Hey Buddy is a page-turning pursuit of Buddy Holly’s legacy and his impact on others in and out of the music industry. It’s as American as apple pie and as compelling as Don McLean’s legendary hit about The Day the Music Died. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore and get two copies—one for you and another for anyone you know who listens to music.”
— James Riordan, New York Times bestselling author of
Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison