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Ritchie Valens: La Bamba

Dave Rimmer, The Face, Summer 1987

SEARCHLIGHTS SWAY IN THE SKY over Hollywood Boulevard and Vine as the premiere party for La Bamba the movie strides into full swing. The subject of the film is Ritchie Valens, the Hispanic and hitherto largely forgotten rock and roll star who died in the same plane crash as Buddy Holly. The theme of the party is therefore firmly '50s.

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