Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography

By Mick Fleetwood

"After forty-six years of being at the highway, this can be the fitting time to seem again in a manner i have by no means performed ahead of: from time to time. this is often the tale of my lifestyles in rock and roll -- and the way the band that has intended every little thing to me got here to outline me. i am waiting for sharing it with you."

Mick Fleetwood has been a member of the ever-evolving Fleetwood Mac, one of many world's so much profitable and cherished bands, for over 4 a long time. the following he tells the complete and candid tale of his lifestyles as one in all music's maximum drummers and bandleaders, the cofounder of the deeply enjoyed supergroup that bears his identify and that of his bandmate and lifetime good friend John McVie.

In this intimate portrait of a lifestyles lived in song, Fleetwood vividly remembers his upbringing tapping alongside to each music taking part in at the radio, his studies as a musician in '60s London, and the earliest permutation of the band that includes Peter Green.

Play On sheds new gentle on Fleetwood Mac's raucous heritage, describing the highs and lows of being within the band that Fleetwood was firm to maintain jointly. the following he displays at the production of landmark albums corresponding to Rumours and Tusk, the nice loves of his lifestyles, and the numerous really good and outrageous moments of recording, traveling, and residing with Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood describes those moments with honesty and immediacy, taking us to the very center of this multilayered trip that has consistently been anchored in music.

Through all of it, from severe like to plaintive heartaches, from collaborations to confrontations, it has been the force to play on that has prevailed. Now, then, and regularly, it really is Fleetwood Mac.

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They didn’t sign up for Fleetwood Mac, our bands grew to become one. They introduced their identification into our midst, intact; they have been the little computer that bought swallowed via the massive computing device. I regarded Stevie without delay as a author and she or he jogged my memory of my dad, simply because she used to be writing in her journals for all time. Stevie desired to carry mysticism into the band, which I supported thoroughly simply because I do think that there are lots of facets to our lifestyles more than we're. It used to be an unstated factor among us, simply because we understood one another instantaneously, recognising a fellow drama queen. That stated, i feel Stevie is frequently branded as being extra heavy hearted than she rather is. She is the poet with an curiosity within the mythological and mystical, yet that’s a backdrop to her character. She was once, for a very long time, regarded as being reclusive and mysterious, yet that’s merely simply because I don’t imagine she cherished doing interviews, so humans by no means observed a picture of the genuine woman. in truth that she’s highly general and level-headed and a very funny individual, one simply as foolish as i'm. with out that experience of humour, I doubt that she may have survived the entire trials and tribulations in her lifestyles. ahead of assembly us, Lindsey knew of Fleetwood Mac due to Peter eco-friendly. Lindsey’s favorite album of ours was once Then Play On and he knew it rather well. i locate it an excellent twist of fate that Lindsey’s favorite list of Peter’s used to be the only such a lot like Tusk, within the experience that Peter needed to do this list his manner, with the intention to remain within the band. As they are saying, nice minds. Stevie used to be partial to ours to boot, yet i believe she used to be extra conversant in our newest fabric. as soon as she’d joined, Stevie made some extent of hearing all of our earlier files, to raised clutch the intensity and width of the legacy she was once willingly changing into part of. After she’d studied every thing we’d performed with Peter and Jeremy, and the entire models, she advised me that the typical thread was once a feeling of the mystic. there has been anything that we have been channelling that used to be more than the avid gamers. that is still the best praise i believe we’ve ever been paid. bankruptcy 10 THE ‘WHITE’ ALBUM Out at their beach-side condo in Malibu, Christine all started writing songs for what could develop into our album. She had an previous, worn-in Hohner electrical piano manage in order that she’d get a view of the Pacific Ocean out the window. That’s the place she wrote ‘Say you're keen on Me’ and ‘Over My Head’, in addition to ‘Warm methods’ and ‘Sugar Daddy’. in a single day, I heard Chris’s demos in addition to Stevie and Lindsey’s, essentially the bones of our debut album. i used to be thoroughly floored. ‘I’m So Afraid’ was once a music that Lindsey have been labouring over for 4 years; he’d obtained the concord of the guitar components so in track they have been a digital orchestra unto themselves. ‘Monday Morning’, ‘Landslide’ and ‘Rhiannon’ have been exhibit stoppers, while tough sketches recorded on Lindsey’s four-track. We labored on all of these songs as a bunch for a number of weeks until eventually they grew to become absolutely realised. on a daily basis the power outfitted and the buzz grew since it was once like being in a boot camp the place all people was once so centred that effects occurred in a short time.

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