Category: don mclean

Interview for “Classic Albums”

I was interviewed by award-winning director George Scott for the BBC 2 Classic Albums episode about Don McLean’s “American Pie” album. The interview took place at the Sleeper…

Essay on American Pie added to Library of Congress

In 2018, the Library of Congress National Preservation Board invited me to contribute an essay on “American Pie” as part of their recognition of the importance of this…

Our day at Glastonbury (with Don McLean)

Don McLean came to Glastonbury and sang folk, pop, country and rock. He even sang “Sea Man” – an acapella song he wrote 30 years ago while living…

Clearwater and Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger will be celebrating his 90th birthday on May 3rd 2009 with a benefit concert in aid of the Clearwater Organisation. Seeger was responsible for promoting the…

CNN coverage

To mark the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death, CNN has published a commentary that quotes extensively from my book “The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With…

Don McLean on Breakfast TV

It was good to see Don back on British TV this morning appearing on BBC 1 and giving our book a good plug. [youtube]


A random collection of posts reflecting my life as a geographer, biographer and UK higher education academic.

New Paper

2020 Zhou, L., Wang, J., Xu, D. Li, Y., Yao, B. & Howard, A. Responses of nitrogen transformation and dissolved oxygen in constructed wetland to biochar and earthworm amendment. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2020).