They began as a little blues band in London, England, in 1967, named,
rather bizarrely, after their tight rhythm section: Mick Fleetwood on drums
and John McVie on bass. Fleetwood Mac.
Fifty years later, as they prepare for their gigantic farewell world tour
throughout 2018, they remain one of the biggest bands of all time – a
position they have held since 1977 when, with the help of John’s wife,
Christine McVie, and two virtually unknown American musicians called
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, they released an LP titled
Rumours that went on to become the world’s best-selling album.
That, in itself, is a remarkable story. Now consider the highs and lows,
the successes and failures, the personal turmoil, tragedy and heartbreak
through which this band has journeyed over the last 50 years … and the
story of Fleetwood Mac becomes one of pure drama. The greatest ever
rock `n’ roll soap opera.
In this independent, lavishly illustrated publication, music writer and
journalist Pete Chrisp reveals the true story of how, over the last 50 years,
despite all of those confrontations, pinnacles and all-time lows
… the chain of Fleetwood Mac remains unbroken.
Pete Chrisp has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and books since 1979. His first book, co-written with the
musician Gerry McAvoy, was the highly acclaimed Riding Shotgun: 35 Years on the Road with Rory Gallagher and Nine Below Zero.
He lives in Kent, England.