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Lecture on History of Caffè Lena

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Folk musician and noted T&L hater/asshole Don McLean performs at Caffè Lena

On Wednesday, Skidmore grad and founder of the Caffè Lena History Project, Jocelyn Arem, will speak about her role in preserving the legacy of “America’s oldest continually running folk music coffeehouse.”*

In 2003, with the help of Skidmore’s President’s Discretionary Grant, Arem set out to compile the first oral history of Caffè Lena. The CLHP developed this research into exhibits celebrating the 45th and 50th anniversaries of the venue in 2005 and 2010.

Since then, the project has received funding from Skidmore College, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the New York Humanities Council, the Library of Congress Parsons Fund, the Puffin Foundation, the Sparkplug Foundation, and the Society for American Music.

*Seems debatable.
Wednesday October 10, 5:15pm @ Davis

Don McLean to Play That One Song at Zankel

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Screw this guy

Troubadour Don McLean is scheduled to play a concert at Zankel on Friday, June 8, as part of SaratogaArtsFest. Tickets go on sale March 20 at the Zankel box office for $50 ($10 for those privileged few with an ARTSPASS)

McLean is best known for writing the song that inspired Weird Al Yankovic’s 1999 parody hit “The Saga Begins.” He made waves in Saratoga last fall after shitting all over our beloved town and debunking the legend that “American Pie” was written at T&L and debuted at Caffè Lena. Next he’ll claim that George Crum didn’t invent the chip and there never was a Battle of Saratoga.

It goes without saying that this show at Zankel is just part of McLean’s intricate plan to win us back after humiliating us in the pages of a national newspaper. So go see this dick if you want, but remember that he ruined the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of Saratogians.

Friday, June 8 in Zankel @ 8pm

Bye Bye American Pie

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

these people met and Tn'L and had their engagement photo taken their! Adorbz!

The sticky-floored, Caroline St. beer pong arena–and home to Saratoga’s worst jukebox–Tin n’ Lint, lost some prestige earlier this week when The Post-Star ran an article challenging its claim to fame.

In the article, Don McLean shatters the reverent dreams of thousands of local drunks when he refutes claims that he wrote his best known song, American Pie, in the dimly lit, subterranean, tavern.

A follow up in the The New York Times reports:

Mr. McLean put the legend to rest last weekend in an article in The Post-Star of Glens Falls, N.Y. He also debunked a parallel tale that claimed he first performed the song at Caffè Lena around the corner from the Tin & Lint. <>

A Saratoga legend double whammy! Personally, I am devastated.

Although Tin n’ Lint may have surrendered some cache with the loss of its Don McLean connection it will remain forever famous as the best place in the Saratoga Area to have your butt touched by someone your father’s age. Shine on you crazy diamond!