Don McLean Classic ‘American Pie’ becomes a children’s book

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Don McLean’s 1971 classic “American Pie” is now a children’s book called “Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable.”

McLean released his 8 minute 42 second epic on the history of rock and roll in 1971. He turned 50 in October 2021.

“As ‘American Pie’ turns 50, I’m very excited to have a children’s book based on the premise of the song,” McLean said. “Everyone has a different interpretation of it. The release of this fable brings another perspective to the lyrics, as well as a backstory for when I wrote it. I hope every child can imagine in their minds what “American Pie” means to him and he will know that dreams can come true.”

The lyrics begin the story with the death of Buddy Holly in 1959. Along the way, he checked the names of coded rock stars such as Bob Dylan (the jester), Elvis Presley (the king), the Rolling Stones ( Jack Flash), Janis Joplin (the girl who sang the blues) and the Beatles (the sergeants).

The lyrics align with Kennedy’s death, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Manson family, drug culture, fashion and royalty.

“Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable” will be released on June 7.

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