A long, long, time ago…. legendary singer songwriter Don McLean wrote a song that would change the world. Now we get the full story in a new documentary.
The documentary The Day The Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s American Pie is now streaming on Paramount+. McLean, for the first time, powerfully reveals and shares the secrets behind his iconic song. In addition, the documentary highlights cultural moments in America’s history that are as relevant now as they were in 1971, when the song came out.
The film tells stories of the people who were a part of this moment from the beginning. It shows that point of view of a new generation of artists. Surprisingly or otherwise, the same values and ideas that inspired the song’s creation motivate them.
‘American Pie’ has a narrative running deeper than a catchy tune and cryptic verses. It is a musical phenomenon with words weaving deep into the history of American culture. It has entertained audiences around the world for over 50 years.
Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events at Paramount, and chief content officer of music at Paramount+, shared a few words about the documentary. “Not only is ‘American Pie’ one of the most universally known songs of all time, it also represents a significant piece of musical history and a pivotal moment in American culture. It’s a story that needs to be told and we’re excited to have[.] The Day The Music Died takes fans deeper into the song’s making, finally put to rest the speculation behind its lyrics and hear from today’s biggest artists – both legends and future stars – who it has personally influenced,”[.]
The documentary tells the story of ‘American Pie’. It’s a special and unique song by using contemporary audio/visual storytelling techniques. These techniques artistically reimagine the music for a modern audience.
Our Bonnie Laufer caught up with Don McLean via Zoom to discuss the documentary. They also discussed why he thinks the song means so much to millions of people around the world.