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

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

by Mick Fleetwood, Anthony Bozza


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Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood, Anthony Bozza

"After forty-six years of being on the road, this is the right time to look back in a way I've never done before: now and then. This is the story of my life in rock and roll — and how the band that has meant everything to me came to define me. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you."

Mick Fleetwood has been a member of the ever-evolving Fleetwood Mac, one of the world's most successful and adored bands, for over four decades. Here he tells the full and candid story of his life as one of music's greatest drummers and bandleaders, the cofounder of the deeply loved supergroup that bears his name and that of his bandmate and lifelong friend John McVie.

In this intimate portrait of a life lived in music, Fleetwood vividly recalls his upbringing tapping along to every song playing on the radio, his experiences as a musician in '60s London, and the earliest permutation of the band featuring Peter Green.

Play On sheds new light on Fleetwood Mac's raucous history, describing the highs and lows of being in the band that Fleetwood was determined to keep together. Here he reflects on the creation of landmark albums such as Rumours and Tusk, the great loves of his life, and the many incredible and outrageous moments of recording, touring, and living with Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood describes these moments with honesty and immediacy, taking us to the very heart of this multilayered journey that has always been anchored in music.

Through it all, from intense love to plaintive heartaches, from collaborations to confrontations, it's been the drive to play on that has prevailed. Now, then, and always, it's Fleetwood Mac.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316403412
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 491,915
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael John Kells Fleetwood has been playing drums professionally since his teens in 1963. From his seat behind the kit, he watched the '60s unfold, humbly taking his part in the play that defined rock and roll as we know it today. The band that bears his name, which he cofounded with John McVie and Peter Green and became iconic while fronted by Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, and Stevie Nicks, is one of the most successful, longlasting, and beloved acts of the past half century. Fleetwood was born in Cornwall, England, and now lives in Maui, Hawaii.

Anthony Bozza remembers being twelve years old, sitting in the passenger seat of his father's midnight-blue convertible, staring at the cassette cover of Tusk as the music took him in. That moment changed his life. Writing this book and befriending Fleetwood has been nothing short of an honor. Bozza is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. A native of Long Island, New York, he lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: If Music Be the Food of Love... 1

1 The Old Mill 9

2 High Times on Carnaby Street 31

3 Jenny 57

4 The Bluesbreakers 81

5 And Away We Go 105

6 Flight of The Green God 131

7 A House Becomes a Home 151

8 A Series of Beginnings 177

9 Falling into Place 199

10 The 'White' Album 225

11 Things Fall Apart 243

12 Rumours 265

13 I Know I'm Not Wrong 291

14 Just Tell Me that you Want Me 309

15 A Stranger in a Strange Land 329

16 A Isn't It Midnight? 349

17 There and Back Again 365

18 My Partner, My Friend 381

19 It's Good to be Back 415

Conclusion: I Sold My Soul to the Company Store 429

Acknowledgments 433

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