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Today: The meaning of Don McLean's American Pie

April 7th, 2015

Episode 257 of 1270 episodes

Don McLean’s American Pie is one of the most iconic songs of the 20th Century and McLean’s fans have long wondered what the mysterious lyrics actually mean. When was “the day the music died”, is it all about Buddy Holly, is the Jester Bob Dylan, or was he making it up as he went along? Later today we might find out some of the answers to these questions as Don McLean’s original manuscript and notes used in the process of writing the 1971 anthem will be sold at Christie’s in New York. Alexis Petridis is head rock and pop critic at the Guardian.