Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Review: Newly Published "Complete Illustrated History" Of Fleetwood Mac

The classic rock band Fleetwood Mac began their career over a decade before becoming the hit making machine of the late-seventies. When drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie helped create the band in 1963, they had no idea that they would become the biggest band on the planet fifteen years later. To tell the entire story of Fleetwood Mac, Voyageur Press has released the first complete illustrated history of the band, authored by Richie Unterberger.

The 206-page, hardcover book contains many unpublished photos and memorabilia that helped tell the tale of the small British blues band's rise to superstardom. The book covers the Peter Green-era of the band extensively with two chapters dedicated to the band's early days in England. The addition of Christine McVie started moving the band into a more mainstream direction during the early seventies, but when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined in 1975, the band's popularity exploded. The book dives right into the recordings of albums "Fleetwood Mac," "Rumours" and "Tusk."

Richie Unterberger uses past interviews to get a first-hand look at the craziness behind the band touring and recording for four years straight, with no break. This then lead to the splits in relationships and solo projects outside the band in the eighties. The amount of money that the band was making gave them artistic freedom, which was being reflected on the declining album sales in the late eighties and early nineties.

As the book also touches upon their rough patches of drug use and in-band arguing, as any great band will attest, things can only get better. In 1998, Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which lead to a full band reunion. Since then, Fleetwood Mac have become a staple on the concert circuit, pulling in new fans every time they tour and this book will definitely help fill in the gaps of were the origins of the band reside. Also, every studio album the Fleetwood Mac ever made is covered in depth as to what went into each recording and to the success of the album's release. Do yourself a favor and have this book on your shelf as a sort of encyclopedia of the band Fleetwood Mac. To find out more about "The Complete Illustrated History," please visit

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