A Piece of the "Pie"
Ask anyone what was the defining moment in the rock history of the 1960s was and all you will get is a one word answer: Woodstock. The three day rock festival that defined an era was only one of many music festivals of the
'60s. But Woodstock has come to symbolize, "an era of peaceful, free- loving, drug- taking hippie youth, carefree before harsher realities hit..."
(Layman 40). The Woodstock festival ended a century filled with many metamorphoses of rock'n'roll, from the era of pop music to the rebirth of folk music to the invention of acid rock. But some cynics say that rock'n'roll died with the death of Buddy Holly before the 60s even began.
One such…show more content… Holly was on tour with a collection of performers, and he wanted to fly to the next stop instead of taking the bus.
He chartered a plane and a pilot to fly him and two others to Fargo, North
Dakota (Verse 1). Originally it was to be Holly, Waylon Jennings, and
Tommy Allsup. But J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") talked Jennings into giving him his seat and Allsup lost his seat to Richie Valens ("La
Bamba") on a coin toss (Jordan). The pilot, Roger Peterson, was a visual pilot, and not certified to fly an instrument plane flight. But on the night of
February 3, 1959 the plane when up during a flurry. The pilot lost control and while he believed he was steering up, the plane went straight down.
When the plane crashed all four men died instantly (Jordan). The day that the plane crash henceforth became known as "The day the music died".
The chorus in American Pie is the main theme of the song. American Pie is the pure American art of rock and roll. The Chevy is the icon of America.
The levee is the source of music and since the decline of original rock and roll, there is no water (or talent) in the levee: it's dry. "This'll be the day that
I die," was taken from a Buddy Holly song entitled "That'll be the Day" and a line in the chorus read, "That'll be the day that I die," (Kulawiec).
The next verse of American Pie, McLean demonstrates what happened after Holly's death. The birth of teen idols such