NOW AVAILABLE!

THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE BIG BOPPER
THE J.P. RICHARDSON STORY


 
 
180 GLOSSY PAGES
FULL COLOR GLOSSY FRONT & INSIDE COVERS
BOOK IS PRINTED ON GLOSSY PAPER WITH MANY COLOR AND BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS THROUGHOUT (29 full color pages)

Many surprises, The Big Bopper's final performance, show ads, record reviews, The Jay Perry Richardson's tribute to his father and much, much more. If you are into The Big Bopper, you will want this book in your collection.
$29.95 plus postage
Postage & handling in U.S.--$7.00
Postage & handling to Canada--$11.00
Overseas airmail--$20.00

Send payment in U.S. funds to aclarkarchive@earthlink.net through Paypal
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Send to:
Alan Lungstrum
1209 South Neff Ave.
West Covina, Calif 91790

 
 
 
  REVIEWS
 
 
Alan, I have enjoyed your books on Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly. I am really looking forward to your Big Bopper book. You have an incredibly unique way of documenting the history of rock-n-roll. I truly appreciate you sharing the fruits of your research.

Best, Rick Peters
Lincoln, Nebraska

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Hey Alan,
You've done it again - another fascinating book with lots of info and great pictures.  I hereby nominate you for the Pullitzer Prize! 

Graham Pugh
Choctaw, Oklahoma

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Dear Alan,
Just finished the Bopper book. You did a really good and exhausting job of research,
all those photos that I had never seen before! I recommend it highly. The writing and
layout are very good. I'm looking forward to your Ritchie Valens book.

Sue Frederick
Tucson, Arizona

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Got my copy. Looks great. Will read cover-to-cover. It sure is easy to tell when a
project is a labor of love. Your books really show it! I am so sorry Bill Griggs is
not around to see this book. He would really like this. Thank you again, Alan.

Mark Dillman
Topeka, Kansas

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Alan's expertise compiling a book on an artist shines again in this new Big Bopper book.
I must also commend Alan for the great job he does of packaging his books he puts in the
mail and I received the book so fast, Alan must head for the post office the minute he gets
your order. A first class book and a first class gentleman to do business with.

Steve Bonner
Dallas, Texas

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What a wonderful book pertaining to J.P Richardson, the Big Bopper! The book is full of great
photographs, many of them I have never seen before! I loved reading the book, and all must
realize not only the impact that J.P Richardson had on the music business, but also in radio!!
Thank you so much!

Danny Logan
Mansfield, Ohio

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I really love the 4 books that I have purchased from you. All 3 Life & Times of Buddy Holly books and justrecently your Big Bopper book. I agree with Danny, your books are wonderful, but are more than just books,they are historical documents. I will re-visit your books many times in the future and just like Bill Griggs' many, many booklets, your books are of great historical importance that must be preserved for future generations that have not yet discovered the music & magic of Buddy, Ritchie & the Big Bopper!! Your books are a welcome addition to my 3 stars library!! I anxiously await your Life & Times of Ritchie Valens book. Rave on.

Gary Clevenger
Mishawaka, Indiana

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I just received The Life and Times of The Big Bopper today. I wanted to tell you that the book is beyond amazing. Worth every single penny. There were so many things in it I wouldn't even be able to find on my own. The work that you put into this book shows such dedication and as a fan I want to thank you for that. I just recently became a fan of the Big Bopper, but I have learned so much about what a wonderful person he truly was. Thanks again.
Sincerely,

Danielle Holler
Natrona Heights, Pa.

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It was with a great deal of anticipation that I got my copy of Alan Clark's new book about the life and times of the Big Bopper a few weeks ago. I was immediately overwhelmed by how much
information Alan has once again managed to track down.
As a long time Big Bopper collector, it was great to finally be able to put dates and locations to a lot of my items I had picked up over many years. How Alan does it is beyond me.
Can I just say what a high quality of printing Alan has achieved with this new publication. All of the pages whether colour or black and white are finished in a high gloss that really does do the pictures justice. I thought Tim Knight's book had just about covered J.P.'s story but Alan's book puts a lot more information into the story and it took me a week or so to study the book properly.
If you want to know the real Big Bopper story then this is the place to start and finish. Alan should be justly proud of this latest effort and I for one can not wait for his next book about Ritchie Valens.
Thanks Alan for all you do. Regards,

Chris Rees
United Kingdom

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Many thanks for sending me the Big Bopper bio so quickly. As per usual, and as with all your orders,it was extremely well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. The contents of the publication (masses of photographs, advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles and much, much more) are very similar in nature to your three-volume Buddy Holly books and are extremely attractive and very easy to read. Unputdownable. I have your original, much thinner, Big Bopper publication in my collection along with the Tim Knight Big Bopper bio from the late eighties and they are both fine reads. However, your new Big Bopper publication contains a lot more information and is very welcome.
Regards and best wishes,

David Stone
United Kingdom

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I'll echo what good friend Chris Rees has to say about Alan's new Big Bopper book...Alan has set a
high water mark for all that would follow in his footsteps. Not only has he one upped his prior work on J. P., he has provided a major service in finally bringing to an anxious audience a book that is long overdue. Like many of you that have already read the book, I was hard pressed to finish this in one or two settings. Every square inch of those beautiful glossy pages are crammed with so much information that it made my head hurt (in the best possible way!) Wow, Alan, a great job and one you should be very proud of! You have done J.P. Richardson proud, my friend.

Ryan Vandergriff
Lubbock, Texas

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I just recently ordered a book-The Life and Times of The Big Bopper (The J.P. Richardson story) by Alan Clark. If you have not read this book I suggest you order a copy. It is worth every single penny and if you are a fan of The Big Bopper you will not be disapointed. The book is loaded with information and photos that are so in depth that you actually feel you knew J.P. Richardson personally. Not only was he a creative, talented radio personality, and recording artist, but a wonderful person who family, friends, fans, and everyone that knew him adored.

In it you will learn about his early years as an easy going young man, his career, and how he met his wife Adrianne "Teetsie" Fryou, and the beautiful love story they shared. They both adored one another and it is easily seen in the pages of this book. J.P. was a highly respectable man only wanting the best for his family that he cared so much for. His wife, "Teetsie" adored her husband so much and you can see the adoration as well as the love and support she gave him throughout his career. There is a photo of the young dedicated wife rubbing her tired husbands neck during the last hours of the "Jape-a-thon" a record breaking of on air continuous broadcasting that he did for 122 hours and 8 minutes. Talk about determination. I can't help but smile when I see that photo. Other photos include J.P. Richardson, a shy, kind man with an easygoing nature, and his alter-ego, The Big Bopper, a loud boustorous hip talking character that his fans loved. It is no secret that he loved to have fun, and it is clearly seen in the pictures taken by photographer Tony Szikil, who was lucky to take some wonderful, candid photos of the stars January 24th, 1959 at The Eagle's ballroom, just days before their tragic deaths. Mr. Szikil was downstairs taking photos of a wedding party asking the bride and groom if he could get away for 15 minutes. When I read that they had told him no I wanted to scream. It was as if I was in his shoes that night. Luckily he did get away and got to take those photos that are in this book.

As I said before that there were things that made me smile, but I couldn't help crying when I got to the part about J.P.'s funeral. The photos show a very young widow devastated by her loving husband's death. I try to put myself in her shoes thinking how horrible it must have been for her to go through such a tradgedy having a 5 year old daughter, and 6 months pregnant with another baby on the way. All I can say she was an extemely strong person who I have a deep respect for.

You will also learn about J.P. jr, and how he keeps his fathers legacy alive performing his songs for old and new adoring fans.

All in all this is a wonderful book put together by Mr. Clark with dedication and as a fan it makes me have a higher respect for J.P. Richadson than I ever had before.

Danielle Holler
Natrona Heights, Pa.

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Once again, Alan has knocked it out of the park on this new Big Bopper book. There are photos,
articles and something for everyone who is a fan of the Big Bopper. First class book, just lkke
the man who wrote it.
Randy Steele

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Hi Alan,
I received the book last week. It was well packaged and arrived promptly. It was a great read
and very interesting. I learnt so much about J P Richardson. And once again it hit home what a
tragedy to lose such a wonderful talent and obviously devoted family man.

Tracey Scott
Australia