SCREENING (UK Premiere): 07 November 2021 at 15:30

Newcastle - Tyneside Cinema


Dir. John Cumberland, UK, 2021, 91 min

John Cumberland is a scrap metal merchant, from Shildon in the North East of England.. He's also a self-confessed Big Bopper fanatic. Now, at the tender age of 57 he's undertaking the biggest challenge of his life… to get J.P.Richardson aka.’The Big Bopper’ inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But not everything is what it seems, and the journey certainly doesn’t run smoothly. The documentary follows John Cumberland on his quest to right a wrong and also gives us an insight into the event's and personalities around the deaths of the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens on " the day the Music died"

Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, songwriter, and disc jockey. His best known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first number-one hit in 1959. Richardson was killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959, along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.] The accident was famously referred to as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean's 1971 song "American Pie".

Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.