The Song American Pie Is A Representation Of Loss During The Transition Into The 1960s

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The song American Pie is a representation of loss during the transition into the 1970s. It was written in 1971 by Don McLean and filled with his views on the state of society, political changes, and cultural changes. The cultural changes and the loss of everything society knew produced the lost generation that McLean was apart of. He demonstrated his disapproval of the direction of the country by using music, faith, and war as examples of the changes and loss his generation faced.
Music heavily influences and creates a voice for the people of the time period it is written in and also reflects the tone of the time period. Mclean’s generation was impacted greatly by classic rock and roll artists, such as Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. Music direction and message portrayed the prosperous nature of the 1950s and what life was like before the 1970s. The change in music direction rooted from a tragedy that Mclean recognized with the verse, “But February made me shiver”. In February 3, 1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson died in a plane crash. Theses musicians were Mclean’s heroes and rock and roll legends. McLean considered this to be “the day the music died”. After their deaths, music drastically changed. New musicians and styles of music came into play. Buddy Holly and the other musicians before the Vietnam war sang uplifting songs or songs with religious references. The verse “A long long time ago,” is referring to the time period of rock and roll and a

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