Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac [NOOK Book]

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A consummate insider as the girlfriend of Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist, Carol Ann Harris leads fans into the very heart of the band's storms between 1976 and 1984. From interactions between the band and other stars-Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, and Dennis Wilson-to the chaotic animosity between band members, this memoir combines the sensational account of some of the world's most famous musicians with a thrilling love story. The parties, fights, drug use, shenanigans, and sex lives of ...
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Overview

A consummate insider as the girlfriend of Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist, Carol Ann Harris leads fans into the very heart of the band's storms between 1976 and 1984. From interactions between the band and other stars-Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, and Dennis Wilson-to the chaotic animosity between band members, this memoir combines the sensational account of some of the world's most famous musicians with a thrilling love story. The parties, fights, drug use, shenanigans, and sex lives of Fleetwood Mac are presented in intimate detail and illustrated with never-before-seen photographs. With the exception of one brief interview, Carol Ann Harris has never before spoken about her time with Fleetwood Mac.
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Publishers Weekly

This is a fascinating if overlong look at the megasuccess of Fleetwood Mac in the mid-1970s, after the former British blues band recorded the laid-back rock songs of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks that made the album Rumoursone of the most popular of its era. While working at the band's recording studio, Harris, currently a music business costume designer, became Buckingham's girlfriend and constant companion from 1976 through 1984, and she gives a detailed look-more so than drummer and original member Mick Fleetwood's biography-at this already well-chronicled story of how the success of Rumoursprovided the income for extravagant cocaine-fueled excesses before, during and after performances. Harris too often uses clichés, such as her view of the band's "beautiful insanity." But she does candidly recount Buckingham's rage and his repeated physical assaults on her. Along the way, she offers great descriptions of the band's recording sessions, especially her account of Buckingham's desire to "create something new, something completely" different for Tusk, the more experimental (and less profitable) follow-up to Rumours. (July)

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Everything you always wanted to know about Lindsey Buckingham, but wait a sec . . . how much do you really want to know about Lindsey Buckingham?Casual followers of Rock ‘n' Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac recognize them as a unit that evolved from blue-eyed blues purveyors to one of the most superb bands of their era. Hardcore Mac fans, on the other hand, know the quintet as a partner-swapping, drink-and-drug-fueled soap opera, albeit an astoundingly talented one. Guitarist/vocalist/composer Buckingham was arguably the most talented member of the group, as well as its most unstable. At once arrogant and insecure, he was lost in a haze of substance abuse and ego in 1977 when the band's magnum opus, Rumours, made them international megastars. And a little blonde cherub named Carol Ann Harris came along for the whole ride as the enigmatic Buckingham's lover. In her overly detailed confessional memoir, Harris delivers the story of the band's tumultuous climb in a breathless, catty fashion. She seems to believe that every move her boyfriend made is of the utmost importance: Lindsey acted like a jerk when he met Kenny Rogers! Lindsey was mean to everybody during a recording session! Lindsey and I went to Hawaii and ate some coconut cream pie! This approach diminishes the impact of actually important events in the couple's lives, i.e. the time Buckingham had a seizure, or his attempt to strangle the author. While he certainly played a key role in creating one of the most enduring albums of the 1970s, does Buckingham's story merit a 400-page tome written by his unknown gal pal?Hardcore Mac fans will likely drool over Harris's insider tidbits. Everyone else will believe that this could havebeen pared down to a two-part article in Rolling Stone. Agent: B.J. Robbins/BJ Robbins Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569764992
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 65,455
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Carol Ann Harris is a former recording engineer and model who is currently an A-list costume designer for music videos, films, and commercials.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2010

    Great book

    I just finished this book and I couldn't put it down. Being a huge Fleetwood Mac and Stevie fan, I have read much of this in research over the years. I found this book to be very believable. Carol Ann Harris does a wonderful job of bringing it all together. I highly recommend this to a Mac fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Bravo

    This book enlightened me i could never explain to anyone but the author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Great kiss and tell......

    It was a great story! 100 pages too long...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Jayekimberly

    This book is awesome. I love stevie Nicks and fleetwood mac. It has definitly changed my opinion of Stevie Nicks but all and all I still love her. Carol ann is my hero. The things she went through with Lindsey and the fleetwood mac family is unbelievable and I am glad she came out on top. I dont agree that she wrote this book for money I think she was trying to let go of the past and is proud of the person she has become. If you are a fleetwood mac fan this is definitly a book for you to read!

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Loved it.

    Really liked this book. Couldnt put it down and didnt want it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    An astonishing read from a writer to celebrate

    No ghostwriter needed here. Carol Ann Harris, who recounts her eight-year relationship with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, has penned a memoir brimming with vivid detail and winning prose. No mere rock and roll time capsule, this is a poetic act of will, a work of stunning courage and originality. For fans of the Mac, Harris' recollections on her time with the band will make for juicy, page-turning reading. But it's when she turns the mirror on herself that the book really gets going. Being the girlfriend of a tortured genius is no easy task, and Harris takes us through the highs and lows, the euphroia and the horror, in an almost miraculous fashion, with a depth of feeling seldom found in even the best of celebrity tell-alls. Welcome the arrival of an exciting new writer. Joe Bosso

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

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    I have to admit that I'm not particulary a Fleetwood Mac fan but I thought that this book might make an interesting read. Boy, was I wrong. Even though the subjects of the book are probably fascinating people in their own right, Ms. Harris' account is insipid, cloying, proably exaggerated and undoubtedly the most badly written book of it's kind that I've read in a long time. Her excerpts of dialogue are laughable and hopefully, for the subjects' case, completely fabricated. I suppose Ms. Harris was going for dramatic affect when beginning to write this book but it comes off as being one written by a 14 year old girl with a penchant for fantasy. Ms. Harris should get over herself and maybe write a book that would be an honest and down to earth revelation of how a band interacts with each other and the people around them instead of creating a juvenile display of what is supposed to pass for high drama. Good thing I only borrowed it from my local library. If I would have paid money for this thing, I would be even more disgusted if that was possible.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    Ms. Harris was courageous to have lived through this traumatic episode and to have written so honestly about it. Dispite her praise of him, Lindsey Buckingham comes off as a brutal, alcoholic, drug-addicted liar. There have always been rumors about his abusive behavior, but this is Lindsey in the raw. She must have really loved him to have stayed with him so long. Stevie Nicks dumped him a lot faster than Ms. Harris did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2007

    A long time Mac fan

    As a HUGE Fleetwood Mac & Stevie fan...i have to say WOW just WOW! It's been a long time since I've read an honest tell it like it is book about the Mac. Carol Ann is an amazing story teller. She had me laughing in tears over the Dennis Wilson chair incident...but mainly i found myself crying in sadness for her & the terror she must have had to endoure day in & day out. She truly knows the meaning of love based on the choices she made. A real stand-up lady.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is the story of Fleetwood Mac that I have been trying to find and read for years! Carol Ann Harris finally did it right. Apologies to none, she tells it clearly and for the record, no appearnt axes to grind or ulterior motives. I'm sure it took her the 20 intervening years since she left Linsey to get over the trauma and to chronicle, fairly objectively, the tumultous ride that nearly killed her! I absolutely could not put this book down! Her style is perfect as this book reads more like a novel than a mere chronicle of events. The guest appearances of so many rock legends is icing on the cake. An absolute must read for anyone with an interest in the incredible Fleetwood Mac story. Thank You Carol, FINALLY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    She told the most amazing journey thru 8 years of her life. I am a huge fan of the band and I found it very interesting. A must read!

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