Out now is one of the best books on Fleetwood Mac with the new Fleetwood Mac FAQ: All That's Left To Know About The Iconic Rock Survivors. The 376-page tome by author Ryan Reed chronicles over 50 years of the band with in-depth and previous unpublished interviews with key players throughout all the eras, with every album, side project, and member being dissected and celebrated.
In addition to new testimonials from the band's musical and technical support teams over the years, Fleetwood Mac FAQ features interviews with former Mac members guitarists Rick Vito and Billy Burnette, their producers Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut, John Shanks, and Mike Vernon, studio crew members Rich Feldman, Ray Lindsey, and Ken Perry, "along with others who've been privileged to join the band's inner circle."
As the press release for FAQ states: "Sure, the book touches on the band's notorious drug use, romantic affairs, and brutal in-fighting — more importantly, it also sheds fascinating new light on the band's innovative, ever-evolving music."
Lindsey Buckingham told us that the recording of both Rumours and Tusk forced the band to consistently bury their emotions for the sake of art: ["If there was one worst thing it was probably just that it was difficult for all four of us as two couples to have broken up, to be alienated — probably to have not gotten anything close to closure. And to still kind of have to move forward. And in order to do that you had to kind of compartmentalize your emotions a little bit. You had to seal one thing off here and get on with the rest of it there. It was probably an exercise in denial."] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . exercise in denial)
Stevie Nicks' good friend and occasional collaborator, Sheryl Crow, says that of all the female rockers she heard while growing up in the 1970's, Nicks was the one who meant the most to her: ["I just gravitated to Stevie. I thought she was the one young rock n' roll woman I could really relate to and I could see myself being like. And up until that point, I really only had, like, Mick Jagger and people like that, Robert Plant, to sort of look at and think, 'God, I'd really like to be like that.' I never really related to Janis Joplin so much. In my mind, she wasn't very together, even though she was definitely an artist. But when Stevie came around, that rang a real clear bell with me."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . bell with me)
Lindsey Buckingham plays tonight (December 5th) at Boston's Wilbur Theatre.
Fleetwood Mac performs on Thursday (December 6th) in Fresno, California at Save Mart Center.