Please note some updates to Don’s representation and, as usual, feel free to email Don using the contact form below.
PR: Webster Public Relations
Tel. 615-777-6995 x229
For serious industry enquiries about booking Don McLean for concerts or concert tours please contact the agent:
1880 Century Park East, Suite 711
Los Angeles, California 90067
For international booking excluding North America, contact:
Neil O’Brien Entertainment
26 Eastcastle Street
Tel: +44(0)207 631 5168
Universal Songs Inc. administer all Don McLean songs. Enquiries about the use of music, lyrics and licensing must be directed through them.
Find Don on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donmcleanonline and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DonMcLean.
Dolly has sung “American Pie” regularly on her current US tour.
What Don’s been doing recently and things to watch out for in 2017:
1. Don’s new album “Botanical Gardens” will be released in 2017 featuring all new original compositions.
2. The Starry Starry Night 3-disc package will be released in the UK this summer by Weinerworld with US and worldwide releases to follow. The package includes two re-mastered HD DVDs and an audio CD.
3. Two of Don’s stadium shows from the 1980s in Cork, Ireland have been re-mastered and will be released in full HD by Weinerworld following the Starry Starry Night release.
4. Don’s 70th birthday concert recorded on October 2nd 2015 at Fairfields Hall, Croydon, UK will air on TV next year.
5. Don has recently recorded 23 songs (pop, country, rock, etc) in Nashville for an upcoming Playin Favorites type album.
6. Don is currently writing new songs and for the first time is collaborating with another celebrated songwriter (and Don’s guitarist) Vip Vipperman.
7. A new BBC documentary about Don is in the works.
Don McLean is returning to Europe for a show at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on September 30, 2015 followed by a tour of several countries. Dates for Holland, Belgium and Norway have been posted. More to follow as individual dates are released for publication by the promoters. Don is also touring UK and Ireland in May and the USA through into 2016
Full list of tour dates
“For more than 40 years I have rambled around every state of the union and many, many countries of the world. My primary interests in life have been America, singing, songwriting, and the English language. I love the English language as much as anything in life and words really do mean something. I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this work product on the song American Pie so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game. It was an indescribable photograph of America that I tried to capture in words and music and then was fortunate enough through the help of others to make a successful recording. I would say to young songwriters who are starting out to immerse yourself in beautiful music and beautiful lyrics and think about every word you say in a song.” Don McLean, Feb 13, 2015.
On April 7 2015, Don McLean’s original working manuscript for “American Pie” sold for $1,205,000 (£809,524/€1,109,182) at Christies’ auction rooms, New York, making it the third highest auction price achieved for an American literary manuscript.
For about seven years from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s I knew the Seegers (Pete and Toshi) about as well as anybody. I worked with Pete Seeger frequently. He was very generous and encouraging at a time in my life when it meant a great deal to me. However, there were some things he did and said that made me sore as hell. That’s the kind of thing that was bound to happen with somebody who was controversial. Throughout the following years we remained friends and though I criticized him sometimes it was always to his face and I think he appreciated that. I never lost my affection for him and the world will be a lonelier place, for me, without him.
I would like to pass on to any young performers a few things that he taught me:
Firstly, he taught me how to perform and make a living with a guitar when I had no money and only dreams.
Secondly, he taught me how to survive success, the most important thing he taught me of all. Because I learned from him that you have to love your music and audience and everything you do, big or small, moves you forward. Everything does not have to be important and major. All the little things add up.
Finally, he said to me once, ‘If you’re going to criticize the government [which I’ve done frequently] make sure you never even spit on the sidewalk.’
Pete will become a statue now, but I remember the living man who, with all his faults had a character that was finer than anyone I ever knew.
February 3rd 2014
Update: Jackie and Shawn are expecting their first child in March 2014
Don’s daughter, Jackie, married Shawn Strack on June 30th 2013 in Camden, ME. Full coverage in the New York Times:
Don told us recently that “my daughter has just written a novel and she’s also written a play and she’s a wonderful singer and she’s got a very nice fiancé that we like very much. He’s a teacher and my daughter is doing substitute teaching and she’s very happy, she’s got a wonderful little dog. And so we’re very happy for her and she’s happy and we take it one day at a time and we’ll see what happens but we like her fiancé a lot and we’re going to have her wedding here, June 30th . There are so many partners that she could have chosen which I wouldn’t have liked because it’s very easy for that to happen and she chose somebody I like quite a bit. He’s very sincere and hard working with a good job.”