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  1. #1 The Day the Music Died 
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    60 years ago today Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens died in a plane crash in Iowa. This video graphically explains some of the symbolism of Don McLean's American Pie:


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    I was never a big fan of that song, but the video is very well done. I was born in 1969, and have almost every record shown in that video. Not the 45’s but the albums.

    I feel like I was born at a pretty good time. I have Kurt Cobain’s autograph and I’ve seen The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath twice each.
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    I watched it again. Thanks for making me feel two days younger than dirt.
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    'The Day The Music Died' is just Maclean's take.

    People were curious about what he meant. Zero National-consensus it had anything to do with Buddy, Richie, and the Big Bopper till MacLean said-so in an interview, weeks later.
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    I always thought that American Pie was a symbolic history of rock and roll, starting with the deaths of Buddy Holly et al in the plane crash. The King is Elvis, the Jester is Dylan, The Marching Band is the Beatles, the Players are the Stones and Satan is Mick Jagger, and that reference is specifically to the Altamont concert.
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    If anyone does that song on Karaoke night, you’ve got time to order a pizza.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I always thought that American Pie was a symbolic history of rock and roll, starting with the deaths of Buddy Holly et al in the plane crash. The King is Elvis, the Jester is Dylan, The Marching Band is the Beatles, the Players are the Stones and Satan is Mick Jagger, and that reference is specifically to the Altamont concert.
    The film about Altamont titled “Gimme Shelter” was available on VHS many years ago. I’ve seen it. Never could figure out why they have yet to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. There are pieces of it in a documentary titled “Crossfire Hurricane” but the full film on its own, I have not seen available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tecate View Post
    I watched it again. Thanks for making me feel two days younger than dirt.
    Ha! Ha!

    You are funny Tecate ...

    And most likely younger than I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tecate View Post
    The film about Altamont titled “Gimme Shelter” was available on VHS many years ago. I’ve seen it. Never could figure out why they have yet to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. There are pieces of it in a documentary titled “Crossfire Hurricane” but the full film on its own, I have not seen available.
    D.A. Pennebaker owns the rights as the filmmaker. He's not your average rock-era cat. I'm not even sure he released Dylan's Don't Look Back film from before that either, apparently frustrated that Hollywood didn't promote documentaries to the top theatre-chains like they did with feature-films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tecate View Post
    The film about Altamont titled “Gimme Shelter” was available on VHS many years ago. I’ve seen it. Never could figure out why they have yet to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. There are pieces of it in a documentary titled “Crossfire Hurricane” but the full film on its own, I have not seen available.
    Did you ever watch the Beavis/Butthead spinoff Daria?

    Her father is kind of a psycho. He makes some comment about being at the concert of his generation. Someone asks him if it was Woodstock, and he says, "No, Altamont". LOL.
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