Since the inception of recorded music over a century ago, the music industry has certainly come a long way. From the big bands of the 1950’s to the pop superstars of today, the music industry has evolved in a way quite like any other that has put it at the forefront of popular culture. Even today it continues to evolve as inventive and experimental new acts arise in the music industry on a daily basis and manage to garner substantial followings, further catalyzing the industry’s growth. With that being said though, some believe the best days of the music industry are behind us, embedded in the DNA of incredibly talented acts such as Michael Jackson, Prince and so many others from the latter half of last century. Well now the progression of the music industry is set to be the focal point of a new documentary The Day The Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s “American Pie”.
For those who don’t know, American Pie is an album and song released by American musician Don McLean in 1971. The song is considered by virtually everybody who has heard it an American classic that still lives on to this very day, and marks one of the most timeless eras in the history of recorded music. “The Day The Music Died” is also a line from the infamous song referring to a tragic plane crash which claimed the lives of esteemed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson which had a seismic impact upon the music industry as a whole. Now that line as well as American Pie and the impact it had upon the music industry is set to be explored further in the forthcoming documentary The Day The Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s “American Pie”. Per McLean, “This documentary is something that will make people think, especially since so many throughout the years have asked me what certain lyrics meant or whom I was referring to, but now I finally can solve many of those mysteries.” Fans seemingly have plenty to look forward to when The Day The Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s “American Pie” premieres on Paramount+ July 19th, and you can see the trailer for the project below.
Whether you believe it was the golden era or not, the 1970’s were an integral time for the history of music. Countless legendary musicians and acts got their first taste of success in the 1970’s and took it in stride, helping shape the music industry as we know it today. Now eager fans can take a closer look at the incredibly impactful time period in The Day The Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s “American Pie” when it premieres on Paramount+ this July.