Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album

Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album

by Ken Caillat, Steve Stiefel

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Inside the making of one of the biggest-selling albums of all time: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 Rumours album topped the Billboard 200 for thirty-one weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the twenty-fifth greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours, introducing it to a new generation. Now, for the first time, Ken Caillat, the album's co-producer, tells the full story of what really went into making Rumours—from the endless partying and relationship dramas to the creative struggles to write and record "You Make Loving Fun," "Don't Stop," "Go Your Own Way," "The Chain," and other timeless tracks.

  • Tells the fascinating, behind-the-music story of the making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, written by the producer who saw it all happen
  • Filled with new and surprising details, such as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's screaming match while recording "You Make Loving Fun," how the band coped with the pressures of increasing success, how the master tape nearly disintegrated, and the incredible attention paid to even the tiniest elements of songs, from Lindsey playing a chair to Mick breaking glass
  • Includes eighty black-and-white photographs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118282366
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 708,157
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Ken Caillat coproduced Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 album, Rumours, for which he won the Grammy for Album of the Year. He also produced the group's Tusk, Mirage, and Live albums, as well as their box set, The Chain. He has worked on albums with everyone from George Carlin, engineering his epochal Class Clown, to the London Symphony Orchestra. He is the father of Grammy-winning singer Colbie Caillat, and he produced her number one album, Breakthrough.

Steven Stiefel has written several books, including contributions to two by LL Cool J. He also works as a magazine writer and editor. His fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review and McSweeney's.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Colbie Caillat ix

Foreword by John Shanks xi

Preface xiii

1. Ken's Wild Ride 1

2. Starting Rumours 23

3. Go Your Own Way 50

4. Oh, Daddy 73

5. You Make Lovin' Fun 101

6. Songbird and Gold Dust Woman 118

7. Don't Stop 136

8. Fleetwood Mac Comes Alive! 160

9. "I Quit!" 193

10. The Boys Are Back in Town 209

11. "You're Fired!" 233

12. Fleetwood Mac Explodes 267

13. The Chain: Keep Us Together 299

14. The Final Mix 324

Epilogue 345

Acknowledgments 349

Index 353

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Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isn't particularly well written, but it is a fun read. It captures the moment and living in Southern California in the 70's quite well. Not a lot of gossip if you're looking for that sort of stuff. If you interested in actually how the music was created or what recording was once like, you will more than likely enjoy this book.
KellyG22 More than 1 year ago
Ken's insider perspective on the making of the greatest rock album of all time is both engrossing and stunning, beautiful and dangerous. Ken's honesty and genius are clear, and Making Rumours provides a fascinating insider's view on the world that was Mick, John, Chris, Lindsey, and of course, Stevie Nicks, during the making of one of the most tumultuous albums of all time. The love, the lies, the fights, and the heartbreak- Ken lays it all bare for the reader, and even the most well versed Fleetwood Mac fan will find the stories Ken shares to be refreshing and enthralling. The reader feels as if they have been transported back to 1976, and are sitting behind the console, watching John McVie lay down legendary beats, and Stevie Nicks ripping her vocal chords to shreds hammering out the lyrics to Gold Dust Woman and The Chain. For the music aficionado, Ken provides an incredible background on the way he works, and the true genius that has made him one of the greatest producers of all time. Ken has a style all his own, whether he is behind the console, or the typewriter, dealing with rock legends or publishers, his pure talent shines through. Just as he has captured our minds for the past 30+ years with his music artistry on Rumours and Tusk, Ken will capture your soul with the legend, and the masterpiece, that is the Making of Rumours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The narrative confused me. Either the writer didn't get his facts straight or he needed a better editor. He says that in January 1976 he was mixing Fleetwood Mac's 'Rhiannon' song from the album 'Fleetwood Mac'. Then he says that in January 1976 he hadn't lisened to the album by that point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read several rock and roll bios and behind the scenes books, in comparison this was a very boring read. Essentially the same 10 page tale told over and over. Might have been a good short story but not enough for a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much of this book described the deep emotion, the wild passion and the unique inspiration that Mick, Stevie, Lindsey, John and Christine gave this album. I loved every honest moment of it. And some of the inspired tech bits were great and interesting to understand how they got that amazing sound. Sadly I glossed over literally dozens of sound engineer tech-talk from Callet. For a man who is an apparent genius in mixing an album to give you a smooth listening trip, his mix of storytelling into a textbook on recording made me long for it to be finished. And then sad because I wanted more of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this band so much. Their legacy will live on forever. If you love the band this is a great read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable book to read,informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starting this book today. I love biography's! I believe i will be the first to review it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Led zeppelin is definitely better. Their so groovy i just want to jump out of my chair and dance dance dance! Then you have fleetwood mac. Not so good. Boring and just REALLY slow. Not oe song of theirs has a good drive. Sounds more like pop music to me.