Musings on American Pie
Related Links and Documents
Here is a list of links to other sites and the various media files available here. I am not affiliated with any of these sites. Entries marked (archived) are no longer extant, but are preserved by the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine (always a gift from God, if you ask me).
Don McLean and the Song
Depending on the content, the interpretations are sorted in: Sensible, Ridiculous, and Strange.
Jim Fann's Understanding "American Pie", a very good site detailing a historically-based interpretation of the song.
Matt Carson's interpretation (archived)
Rich Kulawiec's The Annotated "American Pie", another interesting piece.
Mark Jordan's interpretation (archived) (link to the interpretation of verse 5 mistyped: replace the first period in "AmPie.vs5.html" with an underscore to show "AmPie_vs5.html" in order to continue reading)
Interpretation by Jim Pittenger of the investment advisory company Pittenger & Anderson, Inc.
McFarland Books page for the book Do You Believe in Rock and Roll? Essays on Don McLean’s “American Pie”, edited by Raymond I. Schuck and Ray Schuck (I would be very grateful if someone can acquire a copy for me to read and integrate into the site - just write me an e-mail and I'll send you an address to mail it to!)
The Microsoft Conspiracy Interpretation (archived). It's quite funny, and rather silly. Perhaps Bill Gates really is evil and has taken over the world. Or perhaps it's more satirical computer humor.
A BBC Future about serial killers, where Jon Schwenk, who collects artifacts of murderers, had told the reporter about a conversation with Charles Manson; at one point the latter sings "American Pie".
Obviously, with the rise of the current digital age, it isn't surprising that we all expect some form of media, so I have taken the liberty of collecting video and sound files relating to the song. Many might become lost, but my efforts will ensure that they live on here. Some are stored on this site, others embedded until I can get around to storing them here. I recommend using the latest browser. Certain files may come with accompanying hyperlinks. Currently, this isn't all of them, but just send me some links and/or files and I will include them. I hope to have them transcripted into text files for the aid of the hard of hearing, so if you wish, just write an e-mail!
Segment of a Dutch TV program detailing the story of the song (embedded for now):
A 1989 film that uses the song as its basis. I don't know who was involved in the creation of the film. If you do, contact me!
The original syndicated version of Bob Dearborn's famed analysis of the song, produced in 1972, originally from the now-defunct Tom Konard's Aircheck Factory website, and later posted onto his personal site:
In the same spirit, the conservative commentator Glenn Beck did his own interpretation of the song on his radio program. His interpretation is somewhat different, but it does seem that he has similar conclusions to that of Jim Fann, as well as understands McLean's perspective growing up. Unlike everyone else, he also adds what he thinks we could learn from the song, which no one else has ever done (that I know of). I understand that not everyone likes him, but you have to admit, he does know what the lyrics refer to. Split into two parts, it's embedded here:
Visual media format interpretations by YouTube users lonestarsound (first), Erica Elizabeth Ravenwood (second), and Quesou tontus (third) (embedded for now):
Here are documents related to the song:
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