|DON MCLEAN’S ICONIC “VINCENT (STARRY, STARRY NIGHT)” 1969 MARTIN 00-21 ACOUSTIC GUITAR HEADS TO AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY|
|Acoustic Guitar Used by the Legendary American Singer/Songwriter to Write and Record the Classic Hit Single Joins McLean’s Original Lyrics of “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” on the Auction Block|
|Only U.S. Auction Exhibition of the Guitar and Other Items from Don McLean’s Collection at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square New York Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 – Friday, November 13th, 2022|
|A Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the Don McLean Foundation and “Kicking The Stigma,” The Indianapolis Colts and Irsay Family’s Mental Health Awareness Initiative
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2022
|New York, New York – (November 2nd, 2022) – Julien’s Auctions has announced an additional marquee item – the Martin 00-21 acoustic guitar owned and used by Don McLean to write and record his classic single “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)”– will be publicly sold for their first time at auction on day one of ICONS & IDOLS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, the world-record-breaking auction house to the stars’ three-day event running Friday, November 11th to Sunday, November 13th live at the Hard Rock Cafe® New York and online at juliensauctions.com.|
|The storied instrument will join the previously announced highlight of Don McLean’s original lyrics of “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” (estimate of one million dollars) in this exclusive auction presentation featuring over 300 items from the personal collection of McLean from his homes in Garrison, New York, Camden, Maine and Palm Desert, California. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Don McLean Foundation, which contributes funds to underserved college students, homeless shelters and food banks in the state of Maine and throughout the country and “Kicking The Stigma,” the Indianapolis Colts and the Jim Irsay family’s national initiative to raise awareness about mental health disorders and to remove the stigma too often associated with these illnesses.|
|“Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” an emotional tribute to the artist Vincent Van Gogh, and second single off of McLean’s seminal GRAMMY nominated album American Pie charted in the U.S. and the U.K., and ranked Billboard’s Top 100 songs for the year. McLean purchased two Martin 00-21s as a result of a musical encounter with prominent blues musician Josh White who played the same model guitar and retrofitted this one with new Schaller tuners to make it easier to tune on stage. This guitar, along with his beloved Martin D-28 and his Vega banjo, would make up his “first family of instruments” as McLean stated in the 2012 documentary about his life and career, American Troubadour.
The 1969 Martin 00-21 can be seen in photographs of McLean with this musical “family,” relaxing and working in his residence in Cold Springs, NY. As a singer-songwriter hailing from the folk revival movement, McLean has often spoken about the importance of the guitar in his creative process. During a conversation with Norm of Norman’s Rare Guitars in Southern California, he stated: “The guitar has been the way I’ve written a lot of songs, like a song like ‘And I Love You So’… And even ‘Vincent’ was really off the guitar.”
|Along with “American Pie,” “Vincent” is one of McLean’s most beloved works and was written before his eight and-a-half-minute magnum opus. McLean was inspired to write the song after reading a book about the close relationship Van Gogh had with his brother Theo and the pair’s shared mental health struggles. While Van Gogh’s mental health has been the subject of much speculation and sensationalism, McLean wanted to approach the subject from a less clinical and more humanizing perspective.|
|This 1969 Martin 00-21 was the primary instrument used for the conceptualization and recording of McLean’s other songs: “Til Tomorrow,” “Winterwood,” “Sister Fatima,” “The Grave” and “Empty Chairs,” the song that inspired Lori Lieberman’s “Killing Me Softly,” later a smash hit recorded by Roberta Flack and the highly successful cover version by The Fugees. In 1971, young songwriter Lieberman went out to see McLean perform at The Troubadour in Los Angeles and was immediately moved by his music. The lyrics, then, describe McLean performing the song he’d conceived of and recorded with the 1969 Martin 00-21: “I heard he sang a good song / I heard he had a style / And so I came to see him / To listen for a while / And there he was this young boy / A stranger to my eyes / Strumming my pain with his fingers / Singing my life with his words / Killing me softly with his song…”|
McLean used this particular guitar exclusively on stage from 1969-1971, concluding when he gave it to the son of a friend (who retained the guitar until recently). McLean also used the 1969 Martin 00-21 for live performances of “Vincent,” including one which took place at Columbia University in 1971. McLean’s gentle fingerstyle playing serves as the foundation for the song’s nuanced examination of Van Gogh where he would often perform it with only the guitar as accompaniment. The instrument can also be seen being held and played by a homeless man as McLean looks on, a moment that was captured during a photoshoot with photographer George Whiteman who shot McLean for the iconic cover of American Pie.
|Fans can also have a chance to view this guitar as well as other historic rock’n’roll artifacts at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square New York Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 – Friday, November 13th, 2022 before the auction.|
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ICONS & IDOLS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL:
Friday, November 11th
ICONS & IDOLS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL:
Saturday, November 12th
ICONS & IDOLS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
ICONS & IDOLS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Sunday, November 13th
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