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The music and namely three characters Joshua Donna and the ghost in Not Fade Away are the most important elements to the book The title alone is a song by the Grateful Dead and throughout the entire book music is present George Gastin is out on the road the entire book just like a rolling stone and the music is what keeps him upbeat and going Whether George was chilling out listening to his bud Big Red Loco play the saxophone or dancing in the car to Jerry Lee Lewis Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly the music was what made George feel good George got into the music after a plane crash that claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper JP Richardson He became aware of them when his true love Kacy came crying to him distraught after she heard about the crash That was what opened George up to their music and to the Big Bopper the basis of the novel The characters as well opened George up to new things Donnas record player gave George the knowledge of music as well as instant happiness Joshuas drugs and insanity allowed George to unwind and live a little more and the ghosts passion for having a good time added for interesting events and conversations in the book Not only did these things make him feel good but there was significance as well When not listening to records on the record player that Donna gave him George was listening to one of three radio stations KRZY KROM or KRZE The two stations KRZY and KRZE obviously represent crazy which George was Hey youre my ghost--youve got to be crazy too254 The other station KROM represents to roam and roam is what George did in the Big Boppers Cadillac El Dorado Along with the radio stations and their on-air personalities the music plays a big role in Jim Dodges novelThe station KRZE
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