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Never Break The Chain: Fleetwood Mac And The Making Of Rumours - Cath Carroll

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Never Break The Chain: Fleetwood Mac And The Making Of Rumours (2004) - Cath Carroll

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Fleetwood Mac

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Bob Brunning, Lindsey Buckingham, Billy Burnette, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Jeremy Spencer, Rick Vito, Dave Walker, Bob Welch, Bob Weston

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Some albums are so extraordinary that they influence generations of aspiring artists, and even redefine entire genres. The Vinyl Frontier is a distinguished series of books that examine the making of these ground breaking records.

In 1977 Fleetwood Mac produced one of the best-selling albums of all time. Although the making of Rumours was fraught with technical challenges and was ultimately fueled by excessive drinking and drug taking, it remains a triumphant and wholly original album, fusing pop, folk, and country music expertly, and exceeding the hype and expectation that surrounded it.

This insightful and fascinating book explores the strong personalities behind the band, and the complicated relationships and creative tensions between those individuals that helped to shape the lyrical content and unique sound of Rumours. Cath Carroll writes with a warmth and humor, incorporating direct quotes from interviews with key figures into a captivating analysis of this era-defying classic.

In 1974, Bob Welch had confirmed that he would be leaving Fleetwood Mac. The guitarist had played a large part creatively and been very active in the band's business. It was now up to Mick Fleetwood, the band's drummer, to take charge and hold the group together. A chance encounter with Lindsey Buckingham and his then girlfriend Stevie Nicks formed the basis for one of the most successful soft-rock albums ever.

This book delves into the complex relationships within the group, revealing the personalities behind the band, and examining each individual's contributions to the superb content of the 1977 album, Rumours - an album that topped the charts for a total of 31 weeks.

The two rocky romances within the band at the time are explored in the songs on the album. The breakdown of John and Christine's marriage, and the increasingly strained relationship between Stevie and Lindsey, helped to give Rumours a very real and human quality, both lyrically and musically - a depth and insight into the personal trauma of a band that really appealed to the public.

Cath Carroll takes the reader through the creative process of Rumours, the behind-the-scenes recording details, the pain and heartbreak that surrounded Fleetwood Mac's members during the making of the album, and the culture of the era. She ultimately unearths the influences and stories that inspired and created one of the most popular and significant albums of all time.

Cath Carroll has written for many magazines, including Time Out New York, the San Francisco Weekly,, and the New Musical Express. She is the author of Kill Your Idols: Tom Waits. Carroll is also a noted recording artist, having recorded for Factory Records with her band Miaow and as a solo artist. She lives in Chicago.

Copyright Unanimous Ltd 2004

Text copyright Cath Carroll 2004

All rights reserved.

Published by A Cappella Books an imprint of
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Published by arrangement with
Unanimous Ltd
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6-8 Northampton Street
N1 2HY

Printed in China

Note, Every effort has been made to contact copyright holders; the editor would be pleased to hear from any copyright holders not acknowledged above.

An A Cappella Book

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$14.95 (CAN $22.95)

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