|NEW YORK, N.Y. – A long, long time ago lived a lonely newspaper boy. Now, 50 years later, that lonely newspaper boy is the topic of the “American Pie” inspired children’s book authored by Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Don McLean with Judith A. Proffer. Being released in September 2021 by Backbeat Books, the 48-page book contains 40 illustrations, illustrated by Yoko Matsuoka, and will retail for $19.95.
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of one of the top songs of the twentieth century, “American Pie,” this new children’s book weave’s themes from the iconic song with experiences from Don’s early life and, in true “American Pie” form, offers meaningful elements open to interpretation. “American Pie” is the story of a newspaper delivery boy in the late ’50s who discovers the joy of friendship and music, eventually learning that when you recognize what truly makes you happy, you’re never really alone.
“I am really excited to see the reaction from people about this book,” says Don McLean. “We have all read many children’s books to our kids and I am hoping this one stands up to the greatness of others we have put our kids to sleep with.”
Released in 1971, “American Pie” was named one of the top five songs of the century by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America.
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About The Authors:
Don McLean is a Grammy Award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top-five song of the twentieth century. Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history, having scored mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. 2021 marks the fiftieth anniversary of American Pie!
Judith A. Proffer founded Southern California–based and award-winning Huqua Press in 2010 as an independent publishing house. Previously Proffer spent twenty-five years in newspaper publishing, including nearly two decades with the alternative press (LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Village Voice Media) where she was associate publisher and publisher, followed by co-ownership of the Sun Community Newspaper chain in the San Fernando Valley. She is the editor of I Hope You Dance, The Power of Spirit and Song, and co-author of two other children’s books, When We Stayed Home and Broadway Baby.
About Meteor 17 Books:
Meteor 17 Books was founded by Spencer Proffer to bridge media and books with creativity and innovation.
About Backbeat Kids:
Founded in 1991, Backbeat Books has grown to become the world’s leading imprint dedicated solely to music. Passionate fans and musicians know to look to our brand to find the highest quality titles on their favorite topics. Specifically, our books are known for their depth, spirit, and authority, offering a diverse range of titles—from biographies and memoirs, critical examinations, and histories to authoritative volumes on musical instruments and instruction—covering all areas of popular music and beyond.
Backbeat has now expanded its brand into children’s books with Backbeat Kids! This series offers richly illustrated, iconic song-inspired titles, presented by legendary songwriters that will warm the hearts of children of all ages.