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Fleetwood Mac: The Definitive History [Hardcover]

Mike Evans
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7 Sep 2011
After initial success as a hit British blues band, Fleetwood Mac emerged as the most successful soft rock band of the 1970s and 1980s, dominating the mainstream music market internationally. Their albums, including the multi-million selling Rumours, are now considered classics of popular rock, while singles such as Rhiannon, Dreams, Dont Stop and Little Lies have stood the test of time as landmark songs of an era. Covering the albums and tours, the successes and the awards, as well as the emotional ups and downs of their often volatile personal relationships, this book will present a unique view of a band whose name has become synonymous with both the triumph and the heartache of rock and roll stardom.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (7 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402786301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402786303
  • Product Dimensions: 31.3 x 24 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a background as a musician on the sixties rock scene, Mike Evans began writing about music in the 1970s as a broadcaster on local radio and a freelance writer. His work appeared in Sounds and he became a regular contributor to Melody Maker. He has written several books and lives and works in London.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as it says on the cover: "definitive." 29 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
this latest book on fleetwood mac is the most detailed and interesting account yet written and there are plenty of facts and figures to be discovered, and for those who aren't aware of this band, it will make for fascinating reading.
however, my only problem with this volume, is that there isn't enough information dedicated to the peter green days. after all, it was mainly down to him that the band suddenly sky-rocketed to fame and stardom with his song "albatross." after that, the situation changed totally and the band under green's guidance, began to experiment with different sounds which led to their first mainstream and american success, the album "then play on." all of this has not been covered in any great depth in this book which for me, being far more of a peter green fan, is a wasted opportunity. also, i would have loved to have seen a few photographs of the early line up playing their famous "boston tea party" concerts from february 1970.
the photographs that have been included, are previously unseen ones for the most part and are very good ones. most of them are black and white but that doesn't matter, they come in all shapes and sizes, showing the band in concert or in the recording studio and elsewhere.
this book is also quite forthcoming and honest in highlighting the trials and tribulations that quite frequently surfaced throughout fleetwood mac's history, beginning with peter green's eventual disillusionment of stardom and then, his breakdown.
as a piece of music history, this particular volume comes highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent 23 April 2013
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great photos and general layout of information excellent.Feel myself that Tusk is by some way their best work with all 3 then songwriters at their best while the Bob Welch period is hugely underrated and would like more on what the band members and critics who were fans of the band regard as their best and worse work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST HAND NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 22 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
In 'The Definitive History of Fleetwood Mac', author Mike Evans covers it all superbly in every detail, including their many tangled love-affairs and romances that even Hollywood wouldn't dare make a movie about.
So let's get this straight. Buckingham and Nicks were lovers and Christine married John. Mick married Jenny (Patti Boyd's sister) and Christine had an affair with band member Bob Weston (who past away in 2012). Mick divorced and remarried Jenny within four months, and Christine dated their lighting director. Jenny slept with Mick's former room-mate while John dated Peter Green's ex Sandra. Buckingham had a fling with Christine, before Nicks dated Don Henley, and Mick, at the same time as he was seeing her best friend Sara. John and Christine divorced, Mick married Sara, and then John married his secretary, in Christine's house. Nicks married her late friend's husband for 3 months before dating her producer, while Christine dated Dennis Wilson before marrying and divorcing Eddy.
Their musical career was just as complicated with various incarnations of the group taking place before they would reach mega stardom. From the early blues days when Peter Green called his band Fleetwood Mac (before McVie was even a member) author Evans takes us through the drug filled days of the 60s and into the 70s when Green would eventually got sick of fame and fortune and leave the group. Jeremy Spencer would do the same in extraordinary circumstances while nipping out of his hotel to buy a magazine, he never returned, thank to the intrusion of the Children of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is brilliant! 13 July 2013
By Katcull
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I bought this book as a gift for someone, it's great value for money and a beautiful quality book! I'm really pleased I purchased and would definitely recommend to anyone thinking about buying it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 15 Jun 2013
By Alison
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I hadnt read the dimensions of the book but unlike another commenter i was really pleased to find that its a great size to sit pride of place on my coffee table i am really pleased with this book its a great read but its also good to just flick through the pages looking at the photos!
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