Christie’s Will Auction ‘American Pie’ Manuscript

mcleanChristie’s New York will auction Don McLean’s original manuscript of “American Pie” in April, sold by McLean himself and estimated at $1–$1.5 million. I’d hate to meet the person who likes “American Pie” enough to blow seven figures on it, but, uh, to each his own. Also, the person who wrote the press release about the sale refers to the song as “arguably the most iconic and recognizable song of the Twentieth Century.” Clearly, this person has not heard the following:

  • “Like a Rolling Stone”
  • “God Only Knows”
  • “You Can’t Judge a Book By Looking at the Cover”
  • “Johnny B. Goode”
  • “Heard It Through the Grapevine”
  • “Purple Rain”
  • “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”
  • “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
  • “Be My Baby”
  • “Dancin’ In the Street”
  • “Folsom Prison Blues”
  • “Like a Prayer”

And so forth. I mean, it’s a matter of taste, I guess, but come on people:

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step

You can’t rhyme “step” with “step”! It’s just amateur hour. Anyway, all you Don McLean fans out there who happen to read art blogs—I’m assuming there’s at least one of you because it’s a big, scary world—take note.

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