DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED
ON DVD SEPTEMBER 11
Offers Rare Behind-the-Scenes Look at One of America’s Greatest
Singer-Songwriters, Includes Exclusive Interviews With McLean, Brian
Wilson, REM’s Mike Mills And Incredible Archival Footage Including
Performances of McLean’s Songs by Elvis Presley and Fred Astaire
Fairfax, VA (August 13, 2012) – 40
years after his iconic “American Pie” reached #1 on the Billboard pop
singles chart, Don McLean will be the subject of a new and authorized
documentary, DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR.
Due out on September 11, 2012 (Time Life), McLean granted unprecedented
access and interviews for the film, revealing his personal account of a
career spanning over four decades and performing songs that have become
integral parts of American pop culture. DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR
also features over 15 live performances including “American Pie,”
“Vincent,” “Crying” and “And I Love You So” along with extensive
commentary by historian and Rolling Stone journalist Douglas
Brinkley, interviews with other artists such as Brian Wilson and REM’s
Mike Mills, footage of McLean on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and
the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and performances of his songs by
Elvis Presley and Fred Astaire (who inspired “Wonderful Baby”). On the
same date, a double CD of McLean’s biggest hits will also be released.
Also titled Don McLean: American Troubadour, the CD set will include live performances as well as a special duet of “And I Love You So” With Nanci Griffith.
DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR is produced and directed by four-time Emmy® award-winning Jim Brown whose work includes: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, The Weavers: Wasn’t That A Time, and A Vision Shared: Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.
“I let Jim Brown into my life because I respect him and trust him,”
explains McLean. “We’ve known each other for forty years and he allowed
my ideas to be fully realized while telling my story accurately and
“Don Mclean is a true artist and rugged individualist,” says Brown.
“He has deep American values that have defined an amazing and admirable
life. I think some of his best work is yet to be discovered, and that
people will be listening to, singing, and recording his songs for
decades to come.”
McLean will make a number of television and radio appearances
throughout the fall to promote the film and double CD set before
embarking on a European tour.