[Vision2020] 50 years ago today...

Scott Dredge sdredge408 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 6 23:06:40 PST 2019

Verse 1 referencing 1959 was definitely before my time. Verse 5 is
indisputably 1969. Anyhow 50 years sure goes by quickly nowadays.

“In February 2015, McLean announced he would reveal the meaning of the
lyrics to the song when the original manuscript went for auction in New
York City <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City>, in April 2015. The
lyrics and notes were auctioned on April 7, and sold for $1.2 million. In
the sale catalogue notes, McLean revealed the meaning in the song's lyrics:
"Basically in American Pie things are heading in the wrong direction. ...
It [life] is becoming less idyllic. I don't know whether you consider that
wrong or right but it is a morality song in a sense." The catalogue
confirmed some of the better known references in the song's lyrics,
including mentions of Elvis Presley
<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley> ("the king") and Bob Dylan
<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan> ("the jester"), and confirmed
that the song culminates with a near-verbatim description of the death of
Meredith Hunter <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Meredith_Hunter> at
the Altamont Free Concert
<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert>, ten years after
the plane crash that killed Holly, Valens, and Richardson.”


On Friday, December 6, 2019, Ron Force <ronforce at gmail.com> wrote:

> No, this was the reference in the song:
> February 3, 1959
> The Day the Music Died at 60: Remembering rock and roll's biggest tragedy.
> On *February 3, 1959*, the music world was shocked when American rock and
> roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson
> were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, along with pilot Roger
> Peterson.Feb 3, 2019
> https://www.smoothradio.com/news/music/day-the-music-died-
> buddy-holly-plane-crash/
> I was a senior in high school near there.  You were probably too young to
> remember 😀
> Ron Force
> Moscow Idaho USA
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 10:22 AM Scott Dredge <sdredge408 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 50 years ago today: verse 5 of American Pie. The Day the Music Died at
>> the notorious Altamont Free Concert.
>> “No Angel born in Hell, could break that Satan’s spell” - Don McLean
>> https://allthatsinteresting.com/altamont-speedway-free-concert
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