Fleetwood Mac FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Iconic Rock Survivors

Fleetwood Mac FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Iconic Rock Survivors

by Ryan Reed

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Overview

(FAQ). Offering a fresh perspective on one of the most prolific and well-loved catalogs of songs in the rock 'n' roll canon, Fleetwood Mac FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Iconic Rock Survivors digs deeper than your average music compendium and sidesteps the tediousness of most generalized band histories. Professional yet playful, the book's most unique feature is its structure: a hybrid of historical breakdowns, Q&As, music criticism, and "best of" lists chronicling the band's influence and legacy. No Fleetwood Mac book would be complete without addressing the sensationalism of Rumours or the mythic psychological breakdown of Peter Green. But Fleetwood Mac FAQ casts a wide net avoiding monotony for longtime fans by presenting new criticism and reporting, and engaging with newcomers by addressing the most essential chapters in the band's story. Included are interviews with former Fleetwood Mac members (guitarists Rick Vito and Billy Burnette), producers (Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut, John Shanks, and Mike Vernon), studio crew members (Rich Feldman, Ray Lindsey, and Ken Perry), rock critics who've covered the group (Anthony DeCurtis), and others who've been privileged to join the band's inner circle. Sure, the book touches on the band's notorious drug use, romantic affairs, and brutal in-fighting more importantly, it also sheds fascinating new light on the band's innovative, ever-evolving music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617136672
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: FAQ Series
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 747,506
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ryan Reed is a freelance music/pop culture journalist, communications professor, editor, author, musician, rock music junkie, and vinyl record collector. Reed's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Relix, Paste, Ultimate Classic Rock, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Salon, American Songwriter, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: One Together: Outlining the Key Fleetwood Mac Lineups xi

1 Before the Beginning: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Origins of "Fleetwood Mac" 1

2 Heroes Aren't Hard to Find: Peter Green (Briefly) Captivates Britain 9

3 Albatross: The Most Majestic Bird 20

4 Revelation: The LSD-Fueled Munich Commune Incident 26

5 The End of the Game: The Sad Downward Spiral of Peter Green 33

6 Walk a Thin Line: Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman" vs. Santana's "Black Magic Woman" 43

7 The Black-Magic Muse: A Conversation with Sandra Vigon 48

8 Ten Best Songs: Ranking the Peter Green Era Material 54

9 Angel: Fleetwood Mac Recruit a Perfect Keyboardist 59

10 Temporary Ones: The Hex of the Mac Guitarists 63

11 What Makes Yon Think You're the One: The "Fake" Fleetwood Mac 77

12 Ten Best Songs: Ranking the Post-Green-Era Material 84

13 The Chain: Buckingham Nicks and Their Mythic LP 89

14 Don't Stop: A New Fleetwood Mac Is Born 96

15 Over and Over: Rumours 105

16 Lightning Strikes-Maybe Once, Maybe Twice: The Weird, Underrated Tusk 118

17 The Penguin Was Me: A Conversation with Tusk Assistant Engineer Rich Feldman 130

18 Studio Players Only Love You When They're Playing: The Most Notable Fleetwood Mac Guest Musicians 139

19 World Turning: The Glossy 1980s, Part One: Mirage 147

20 Blue Whales, Flooded Wheels: A Conversation with David Elliot Orlinsky 160

21 World Turning: The Glossy 1980s, Part Two: Tango in the Night 172

22 My Role Was the Human Thing: Richard Dashut, the Unsung "Director" 189

23 Winds of Change: Exploring the Divisive Behind the Mask and Time 195

24 A Natural Progression: A Conversation with Rick Vito 205

25 We Were Bad Boys: A Conversation with Billy Burnette 213

26 Love Will Return: The Dance Reintroduces (and Reinvigorates) the Classic Fleetwood Mac Lineup 219

27 I'm Not Crazy. We're All Crazy. A Conversation with Say You Will Producer John Shanks 227

28 Hypnotized: The Origins of Fleetwood Mac's Most Intriguing Cover Art 237

29 I'll Work the Whole Day Through: Mac Members' Best Writing and Session Work 253

30 Go Your Own Way: A Guide to Mac Members' Solo Catalogs 266

31 Enchanted: The Psychology of Fleetwood Fandom 287

32 I Know I'm Not Wrong: Rock Critics Defend Their Controversial Mac Reviews 292

33 Over My Head: The Worst of Fleetwood Mac 298

34 Lindsey Buckingham's Ten Best Fleetwood Mac Songs 303

35 Christine McVie's Ten Best Fleetwood Mac Songs 310

36 Stevie Nicks's Ten Best Fleetwood Mac Songs 316

37 Prove Your Love: The Sonic Spawn of Fleetwood Mac 323

38 Future Games: Fleetwood Mac Moving Forward 332

Selected Bibliography 337

Index 343

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