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Fascinating Look at a Legend,
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This review is from: The Peter Green Story - Man of the World [DVD] (DVD)
This tells the story of the early Fleetwood Mac in great detail, skipping hastily over Peter Green's post-Mac life. The film focuses on Peter's struggles with mental illness, and looks at some of the lurid tales that have been told of Peter's life during his retirement; but oddly makes no mention of the five solo albums he produced between 1979 and 1981. As for his late 90s comeback, there is a very brief mention of his Robert Johnson cover albums, but that's that for the Splinter Group.
Like most rockumentaries, there are no complete performance clips (some of the vintage clips can be seen in their entirety on the FLEETWOOD MAC: THE EARLY YEARS disc). However, this the first time I've seen Peter Green himself interviewed, discussing some of the controversies that have surrounded him over the years. Remarkably, he looks happy, relaxed and comfortable, having come through his struggles more or less intact.
It's also surprising to see Jeremy Spencer alive and well. Mick Fleetwood mentions in his memoir that Jeremy had still been with the Children of God when they were expelled from Sri Lanka back in the late 70s, but I didn't know he'd returned to England.
If you've read Mick's book, or the biography by Martin Celmins, there's not a great deal of new information here, but you do get a fresh, up to date perspective, including that of Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer.
My only criticism is that more attention could have been paid to the music, particularly Peter's solo career. IN THE SKIES is an underrated album, and as Peter's last work containing his songwriting, deserves at least a passing mention.