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Don McLean on the tragedy behind American Pie: ‘I cried for two years’ – The Guardian

The rollicking song about the souring of the 60s has now spawned a film, a musical and a children’s book. Its creator talks about its meaning – and reveals the…



When Don McLean was 15 years old, he had a premonition that his father was going to die. Distraught, he ran to tell his grandmother. Dont be ridiculous, Donny, why would you say such a thing? she said. Because its going to happen, the boy replied. A few days later, his father dropped dead right in front of him. I saw how he looked, says McLean. Hed turned green. I didnt know what I was going to do without him. He was the king, the boss. He knew everything.
The singer-songwriter behind the 1971 classic…

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