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Amazing ‘American Pie’ Viral Video Proves Grand Rapids Is Very Much Alive

In January, Newsweek placed Grand Rapids, Michigan on a list of America’s “Dying Cities.” As they should be, many citizens of Grand Rapids were angry at the article and decided to do something about it. 5,000 people from the city got together to produce a record setting lip dub viral video. The video is set to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Don McLean[/lastfm]’s “American Pie” and features marching bands, parades, weddings, and even helicopters. Plus, the whole video was filmed in one continuous camera shot!


After seeing the video, Newsweek did respond to it Facebook:

“To the Grand Rapids crowd: First off, we LOVE your YouTube LipDub. We’re big fans, and are inspired by your love of the city you call home.

But so you know what was up with the list you’re responding to, we want you to know it was done by a website called mainstreet.com—not by Newsweek (it was unfortunately picked up on the Newsweek web site as part of a content sharing deal)—and it uses a methodology that our current editorial team doesn’t endorse and wouldn’t have employed. It certainly doesn’t reflect our view of Grand Rapids.”

Hats off to Grand Rapids for organizing and executing such a great video! You all did a great job!

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