The Day the Music Died

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50 years after its release, Don McLean shares the secrets behind his iconic song 'American Pie', one of the great musical touchstones of the 20th century.


  • Don McLean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Peter Gallagher

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Jul 22, 2022

Somehow, the more McLean explains the song, the more wondrous it seems.

Metacritic review by Noel Murray
Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times
Jul 21, 2022

The movie really comes alive when it is recreating the recording session for the song, showing how the ace studio keyboardist Paul Griffin transformed the tune with his energetic gospel-style piano.

Metacritic review by Glenn Kenny
Glenn Kenny
The New York Times
Jul 19, 2022

For all the gushing about the “transcendent” nature of “American Pie,” Mr. Brooks is the one who actually mentions, and praises, the recording itself, which becomes a fascinating aspect to a show that seems to spend an inordinate amount of time justifying its existence.

Metacritic review by John Anderson
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal