How the Song ‘American Pie’ Reflected the Drastic Changes in American Culture From 1959 to 1971

In a brilliantly detailed analysis, the knowledgeable music essayist Polyphonic took a deep dive into the iconic 1971 Don Mclean song “American Pie” and how it reflected the drastic change in American culture over a decade. Using the song as a timeline, the narrator examined the background events happening with each verse, deconstructing the characters and scenes within the lyrics. In one such example, Polyphonic shared the identity of jester who sang for the king and queen.

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