Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?: Essays on Don McLean's "American Pie"
Raymond I. Schuck, Ray Schuck
McFarland, Sep 26, 2012 - Music - 221 pages
Since its release in 1971, Don McLean's song "American Pie" has become an indelible part of U.S. culture. It has sparked countless debates about the references within the lyrics; been celebrated as a chronicle of American life from the late 1950s through the early 1970s; and has become iconic itself as it has been remade, parodied, and referenced within numerous texts and forums. This volume offers a set of new essays that focus on the cultural and historical significance of the song. Representing a variety of perspectives and fields of study, the essays address such topics as historical and literary interpretations of the song's lyrics, its musical qualities, the commentary the song offers on rock and roll history, the continuing significance of the song, and the ways in which the song has been used by various writers and artists. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Far from Dry Far from Gone Raymond I Schuck and Ray Schuck
A Lyrical Interpretation Joseph E Burns
2 A Line by Line Analysis of a Classic Song Ray Schuck
3 The Perception of Race in Rock and Roll Richard J McGowan
There Is More to Music Than Making the People Dance? Russ Crawford
5 EightandaHalf Minutes Is a Long Long Time William B Robison
Other editions - View all
Accessed January 13 accessed September Altamont American Pie Anakin artists Backbeat band band’s Beatles Big Bopper Biography Bob Dylan Buddy Holly Byrds Capo Chicago Review Press Clapton concert cultural dance David day the music debut Don McLean Don McLean’s American Drove my Chevy Eight Miles High Elvis essay ﬁlm ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst album ﬁt ﬁve guitar Guthrie Hells Angels Helter Skelter Hendrix History imagined community inﬂuence interpretation Jack jazz jester John Lennon King Last modiﬁed listeners London Love Martin McLean’s American Pie McLean’s song meaning Miss American Pie music died musicians narrative narrator Omnibus parody Paul Pete Seeger play popular music psychedelic radio record reference reﬂected refrain released rhythm and blues Ritchie Valens Rock and Roll rock star roll music Rolling Stones Saga Begins San Francisco Schuck signiﬁcant singer singing song’s speciﬁcally Star Wars verse Weird Al Wzrs Yankovic Yankovic’s York Zappa