MacHackMicroEssay: The Day the Music Died×450.jpg

This image (acquired as a .jpeg) is a photograph of the front page of a Daily Tribune from Feb, 4 1959. The headline “Three Singers Who Died in Crash of Chartered Plane” refers to a mythic day in Rock n Roll, The Day the Music Died. As we can see from the picture of the newspaper, the Daily Tribune was reporting on the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The newspapers were originally circulated the day after the plane crashed on February 3, 1959. The intent of the newspaper, The Daily Tribune, was to investigate and inform the public on the incident. As the story goes, the three singers chartered the plane on their tour due to being angered and distressed at rough bus rides. The three singers took off and shortly after a combination of rough weather and pilot error lead to the fatal crash. Many other artists paid tribute to the death of Holly, Valens, and Richardson in the form of music. The song most closely related to The Day the Music Died is Don McLean’s “American Pie.”

Speaking of the image itself, the image is very clear and not pixelated. The image of the newspaper is 114KB and 600×450. The actual newspaper was circulated the day after the crash and distributed to the public. I chose an image of a newspaper due to the popularity of newspaper in the 1900’s. Most Americans would have got the news of the deaths from the print media. The Google search engine brings up many different newspaper articles related to the plane crash with headlines ranging from “Plane Crash Kills 3 Rock N Roll Idols” to “Day the Music Died.”

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