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Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ topic of new book

Ray Schuck, visiting assistant professor of history, and his son, Raymond I. Schuck, assistant professor of communication at Bowling Green State University Firelands, are authors/editors of a new book, “Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?: Essays on Don Mclean's ‘American Pie.’” 

According to the publisher, McFarland & Co., “Since its release in 1971, Don McLean's song "American Pie" has become an indelible part of U.S. culture. It has sparked countless debates about the references within the lyrics; been celebrated as a chronicle of American life from the late 1950s through the early 1970s; and has become iconic itself as it has been remade, parodied, and referenced within numerous texts and forums. This volume offers a set of new essays that focus on the cultural and historical significance of the song. Representing a variety of perspectives and fields of study, the essays address such topics as historical and literary interpretations of the song's lyrics, its musical qualities, the commentary the song offers on rock and roll history, the continuing significance of the song, and the ways in which the song has been used by various writers and artists.”