Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?
Essays on Don McLean’s “American Pie”
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About the Book
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.
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About the Author(s)
Edited by Raymond I. Schuck and Ray Schuck
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
Table of Contents
1. A Long, Long Time Ago: A Lyrical Interpretation
JOSEPH E. BURNS 15
2. A Line by Line Analysis of a Classic Song
RAY SCHUCK 49
3. The Perception of Race in Rock and Roll
RICHARD J. MCGOWAN 76
4. Lyrical History: There Is More to Music Than Making the People Dance?!
RUSS CRAWFORD 87
5. Eight-and-a-Half Minutes Is a Long, Long Time
WILLIAM B. ROBISON 100
6. Rock and Roll Grows Up
HARRY EDWIN EISS 135
7. A Generation Lost in Space
ROBERT MCPARLAND 150
8. A Tale of Two Sagas
RAYMOND I. SCHUCK 157
About the Contributors 195