Don McLean's Song "American Pie" Analytical Essay by Write Fine

Don McLean's Song "American Pie"
Looks at the sematics and cultural context of Don McLean's 1972 song "American Pie".
# 112569 | 13,585 words | 6 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper explains that Don McLean's "American Pie", which debuted in 1972 at the height of the counter cultural revolution, was associated with the rebelliousness of the Hippies, the national social controversy of the Vietnam War, profound social changes in race relations and human rights and the women's liberation movement. The author points out that semiotics is the study of signs and symbols employed in communications and the process through which they develop their shared meaning among people who recognize and understand their intended message. The paper presents the semantic meaning of quoted lyrics from the song, such as 'I drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry'. The author states that this relates to the three civil rights activists who were murdered by racists in Mississippi while working to register black voters in the rural South.

Table of Contents:
Cultural Context of Don McLean's American Pie
Semiotics of the Music

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • The Public Journal of Semiotics (2005) Retrieved May 15, 2008, from:

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