40 years after his iconic "American Pie" reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart, Don McLean is the subject of an authorized documentary, Don McLean: American Troubadour
. 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 (Starry, Starry Night), " "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 Costello and Fred Astaire (who inspired "Wonderful Baby"). An abridged version of the documentary aired on PBS earlier this year.
Exclusive Bonus Features Include: Exclusive bonus songs (full-length): "Infinity, " "Wonderful Baby, " and "Building My Body; " Interview with Don McLean; Interview with Douglas Brinkley Don McLean: American Troubadour
was produced and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Brown, whose work includes Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time
, and A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly
. McLean says, "We've known each other for forty years and he allowed my ideas to be fully realized while telling my story accurately and poetically. "