Don McLean to examine 'every word' of 'American Pie' in upcoming film
The singer-songwriter's epic tells the story of rock 'n' roll and a nation undergoing a major social and cultural shift.
Don McLean’s “American Pie” has been recognized as one of the top five songs of the 20th century.
McLean is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the song reaching No. 1 on Billboard's chart with a children’s book and a world tour that will bring him to Kansas City this month.
The documentary, "The Day the Music Died," is scheduled for release on July 1. For fans and critics who have worked on interpreting the lyrics over the years, McLean says, "I talk about every word in the song and what I meant."
At 8 minutes and 36 seconds long, McLean wrote the song as his take on a country he saw "moving in the wrong direction."
A Grammy award honoree and prolific songwriter ("Vincent," "And I Love You So," "Castles In the Air"), McClean says his songs have gained momentum throughout the years and credits part of that success to the "quality of the lyrics, quality of the music and the fact that people value these songs".
- Don McClean, singer-songwriter
Don Mclean: 50th Anniversary Of American Pie, 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 29 at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.