Don McLean Looks Back on 50 Years of Music

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Had he never sung another note after “American Pie” and “Vincent,” Don McLean’s legacy and impact as a singer-songwriter would have been cemented. But those early hits paved the way to a prolific and eclectic career, one that will be embellished even further with the release of a new studio album later this year. And now, thanks to a huge digital project, you can stream just about everything McLean has ever recorded.

Earlier this month, a deal with Time Life brought a treasure trove of McLean material to the digital sphere for the first time. Included are studio albums of mostly original material from his 70’s heyday, like Chain Lightning and Prime Time, all the way through to newer triumphs like 2009’s Addicted To Black. The release also shows McLean’s willingness to go wherever his artistic muse takes him: Christmas music, children’s songs, even a Marty Robbins tribute album.

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A Neighbor Helping Neighbors

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Joseph MacLeanSouth Maui resident Joseph MacLean is helping housebound residents stay safe and healthy by offering to pick up and deliver their groceries, medications and supplies. Photo courtesy of Joseph MacLean

In times of crisis, many of us think of Mister Rogers, who once said: Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

Joseph MacLean is one of those people.

In early March, as the threat of coronavirus grew even more dire, MacLean began to worry about several of his neighbors who were elderly or immunocompromised. I know people are nervous, stressed-out and scared, he said. I wanted to do something to make them feel better . . . and to help keep them as safe as possible.

In the days that followed, MacLean made the rounds in his Maui Meadows neighborhood. He reached out those who were unable or afraid to leave their homes and offered to shop for and deliver groceries, medications and supplies. Realizing there were others who may be housebound — either through self-quarantine or out of fear of being exposed to the virus — he placed an announcement offering his doorstep delivery service in The Maui News’ community section on March 18.

And that’s when his phone started ringing...

 

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Bonnie MacLean, Psychedelic Poster Artist, Is Dead at 80

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Bonnie MacLean, in a self-portrait. She was one of the main creators of psychedelic posters in San Francisco in the 1960s and ’70s, most of them promoting concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium.Bonnie MacLean, whose colorful posters for rock shows in San Francisco in the 1960s and early ’70s helped define the psychedelic scene and have since become collector’s items, died on Feb. 4 in Newtown, Pa. She was 80.

She was one of the main creators of psychedelic posters in San Francisco in the 1960s and ’70s, most of them promoting concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium. The posters she made for concerts at the Fillmore in San Francisco helped define the 1960s.

 

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