Local author Dave Mort who wrote "Money for Old Rope" has just published a new book called "Bye, Bye Miss American Pie" which charts the history of America through 1955 to 1975 told through thirty jukebox tracks that have become synonymous with that period, including five by Bob Dylan.

bye-bye"Bye, Bye Miss American Pie" is a totally unique way of looking at history and in particular, the separation of fact and fiction. For the purposes of classification it has been listed under historical fiction but it is more a work of faction, where fictitious characters interact with real historical figures during real events. It is also different in the way its story is relayed through thirty tracks on a jukebox, songs which cover the momentous years in America from the late fifties to the early seventies. But the identity of the actual narrator is not revealed until the final explosive track, Don McLean's "American Pie," which covers the demise of Richard Nixon. It should have broad appeal, but especially to babyboomers who came of age in the 1960's with music from the likes of Bob Dylan, the Stones and the Beatles.

The book's title refers to the death of hope and optimism in America during this period and, as in the song "American Pie," starts with the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly in 1959. The story continues with the rise of the civil rights, anti-Vietnam war and counter-culture movements and centres on the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, where revelatory information is brought to bear on who was really behind these appalling atrocities.

Bye, Bye Miss American Pie is available to buy from Amazon Kindle or contact the author on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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