Pete Seeger was responsible for promoting the project to build and launch a boat that would sail along the Hudson River, and, at every port of call, disseminate information about the environment and the perilous state of the Hudson River. Don McLean was a member of the first Clearwater Sloop crew in 1969. McLean says: […]

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  Aboard that sloop, Don McLean wrote several new songs (including ‘Tapestry’, which featured o­n his first album and was an inspiration for the formation of Greenpeace) and edited a songbook entitled ‘Songs ands Sketches of the First Clearwater Crew’. Since that first voyage, the Clearwater sloop has continued to make its annual journey with […]

“Though it wasn’t originally planned that way, DON MCLEAN: STARRY, STARRY NIGHT, a concert special filmed in Austin, Texas, turned into a tribute to o­ne of the most popular singer-songwriters in pop music history. The program, which also features superstar Garth Brooks and acclaimed singer Nanci Griffith, airs o­n PBS as part of the March […]

Despite the UA reissue of Tapestry the album still failed to make a major commercial impact although good reviews ensured that Don became a headline act in America’s clubs and coffee houses. The importance of the album and more importantly, the singer and writer of all the songs featured, was perhaps first highlighted by Pete […]