Paramount+ has announced that a documentary revealing the secrets behind Don McLean‘s iconic song, “American Pie,” will premiere exclusively on the streaming service on July 19.
Additionally, the documentary will have a special Academy qualifying run in New York City and Los Angeles starting on July 8 and will screen in Showcase Cinemas and associated theaters globally on July 14 and July 17
The day the music died: the story of Don Mclean’s ‘American pie’ is produced by Spencer Proffer and executive produced by Bruce Gilmer.
McLean and Proffer tell the story of the song by using contemporary audio/visual storytelling techniques to artistically reimagine the music for a modern audience.
With a narrative running deeper than a catchy tune and cryptic verses, “American Pie” is a musical phenomenon woven deep into the history of American culture, entertaining audiences around the world for over 50 years.
The documentary highlights cultural moments in America’s history that are as relevant now as they were in 1971, when the song was released. The film tells stories of the people who were a part of this moment from the beginning and shows the point of view of a new generation of artists who are motivated by the same values and ideas that inspired the song’s creation.
“This documentary is something that will make people think, especially since so many throughout the years have asked me what certain lyrics meant or whom I was referring to, but now I finally can solve many of those mysteries,” says McLean.
He added, “Everyone from Madonna to Garth Brooks to Weird Al Yankovic has recorded ‘American Pie’ and made it their own. So many people have their own interpretation of the song, and I love it.”
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