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Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album [Hardcover]

Ken Caillat , Steve Stiefel
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18 Jan 2013
Inside the making of one of the biggest–selling albums of all time: Fleetwood Mac′s Rumours Fleetwood Mac′s classic 1977 Rumours album topped the Billboard 200 for thirty–one weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the twenty–fifth greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours , introducing it to a new generation. Now, for the first time, Ken Caillat, the album′s co–producer, tells the full story of what really went into making Rumours —from the endless partying and relationship dramas to the creative struggles to write and record "You Make Loving Fun," "Don′t Stop," "Go Your Own Way," "The Chain," and other timeless tracks. Tells the fascinating, behind–the–music story of the making of Fleetwood Mac′s Rumours , written by the producer who saw it all happen Filled with new and surprising details, such as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham′s screaming match while recording "You Make Loving Fun," how the band coped with the pressures of increasing success, how the master tape nearly disintegrated, and the incredible attention paid to even the tiniest elements of songs, from Lindsey playing a chair to Mick breaking glass Includes eighty black–and–white photographs


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118218086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118218082
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A compelling insider’s account that should ensure you never again listen to Rumours in quite the same way.’  (Q Magazine, February 2013)

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Rumours generated four top–ten singles, topped the Billboard album charts for thirty–one weeks, and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1977. It went on to become the fifth bestselling album to date—forty million copies and counting—and Rolling Stone′s twenty–fifth greatest album of all time. And it turned a band that had struggled to make a name for itself for nearly two decades into a household name. In Making Rumours, the album′s coproducer Ken Caillat tells the wild, poignant, and exhilarating story behind the album′s creation. Its potent combination of rock–star melodrama, technical insights, and compelling portraits of five brilliant but troubled young artists at their creative peak will forever change the way you hear the album. Trouble was brewing well before sessions began at the Record Plant in Sausalito in January 1976. John and Christine McVie were getting divorced. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had joined the band as a couple more than a year earlier, but now they were in a constant state of war. And, unknown to anyone but Caillat′s coproducer, Richard Dashut, drummer Mick Fleetwood had just learned that his wife was divorcing him and taking up with his best friend. From the first session, which featured the rudiments of "The Chain" and John McVie improvising the critical bass part that ties it all together, to the final sessions that tempered and polished the songs′ vocals, Caillat reveals how these conflicts, fueled by drugs, alcohol, and the pressure of making the album, tore the band apart. But making the music pulled them back together. Stevie and Lindsey had screaming matches between takes of "You Make Loving Fun," and John and Christine bickered constantly. During takes, however, everyone collaborated brilliantly and did whatever it took to get the sound they needed. Lindsey played a beat against a leather chair on "Second Hand News"; Mick stood atop a ladder, tossing sheets of glass to the floor for the haunting end of "Gold Dust Woman"; and Christine, at Ken′s suggestion, took the stage in an empty theater to record her splendid "Songbird" vocal. Woven through all of this drama and artistry, Caillat presents a virtual master class in how to produce a great album. He describes everything from microphone placement and how to liven up a "dead" room to how to work with difficult artists and what to do when your master tape begins to degrade nine months into the process. Packed with scores of never–before–published photos from Caillat′s personal collection, Making Rumours is a must–read for Fleetwood Mac fans, rock history buffs, and anyone who loves a behind–the–scenes account of great musicians at work and play.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE
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As an audiophile and musician, I was already fairly familiar with the RUMOURS story, from previous magazine interviews and also the classic Rock series "making of..." DVD. Nonetheless, when i found out about this book, i was still going for the "aah..there's more here than meets the eye" angle, so purchased a copy.

Ken makes a great, if polite raconteur, and therein lies the rub. Maybe i was expecting a little more on the human side of the story, as the technical bits are very well written, and enough so that even a non-audiophile can pick up on them. But the slight niggle for me, is that everyone seems to have been airbrushed a tad, in the sense that Ken has held back it seems, on a lot more about each of the band members and their escapades, therein.

Its a great read, no doubt, but i feel theres a wodge of material somewhere, left on the editing table with a "ooh, i cant put that in...can I?" which is understandable, as Ken was and very much still is, a true professional in the business, so there's no need to come across as a dissaffected "gossip", for want of a better phrase. My gut feeling, is that there may also be another book based on TUSK, which is what he worked on with the band next, which apparently cost a million dollars at the time, to make. Now THAT, would be a fascinating read in itself, as its when the wheels of the band started to spin VERY fast, and they became a huge juggernaut in terms of touring, sales and recording.

I recommend this, as its a good read. Polite, cheeky, interesting and engaging. As long as youre not expecting anything eye-popping, etc, then its a fun trawl through this period of fleetwood mac.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Necessary read for anyone studying the album 1 Mar 2014
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I bought this purely because I needed to do a presentation on the recording of "Go Your Own Way" and it got to the stage where I was listening to the song and hearing nothing new. Thankfully the book pretty much wrote my entire presentation for me and I don't need to listen to the song again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 17 Feb 2013
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Makes a change to read a book by somebody who was actually there, i.e. the author Ken Caillat!! Fascinating insight into the way a band and a studio works. And a good sub-plot -will Ken get off with the young studio manager Nina?? You gotta read it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 30 Jun 2014
By juec
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My husband is not a great reader but loves Fleetwood Mac. He can't put this down, brilliant read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story 23 Jun 2014
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I love the music of Fleetwood Mac and this felt like a glimpse inside the making of the music, not too many gory details either!
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