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Fleetwood Mac: Behind The Masks - Bob Brunning

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Fleetwood Mac: Behind The Masks (1990) - Bob Brunning

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Fleetwood Mac

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

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Hard Cover/Paperback

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Max Browne (Back Cover Photograph), Steve Cranitz (Photo), Scott Downie (Photo), Arto Juntillo (Photo), L(ondon) F(eatures) I(nternational) (Photo), Fran Oberg (Photo), Barry Schultz (Photo), The Decca Record Co., Ltd. (British) (Photo), Barry Wentzell (Photo), St Edmundsbury Press Ltd (Printed By), Dave Peabody (Author Photograph), New English Library (Published By), Rowland Phototypesetting Ltd (Photoset By)

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Hodder & Stoughton/New English

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The date: August 13th, 1967. The place: Balloon Meadow, site of the legendary Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival. On to the huge stage stepped four scruffy young men, nervously making their debut in front of the hundred thousand strong crowd. Few in the audience could have imagined that the bottom-of-the-bill rhythm and blues band would eventually become one of the most famous groups in the world. Their name? Fleetwood Mac.

Their astonishing twenty-three-year chart-topping career as one of the most successful bands of all time would nevertheless bring despair as well as triumph to members of the band. There were early casualties to alcoholism, drug addiction and religious mania. Fleetwood Mac's internal strife would be heightened by soured marriages and love affairs but, in spite of all this, original band members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie somehow survived the astonishing tensions.

BEHIND THE MASKS tells the riveting story of the band which refused to give up and go away in the face of adversity. Following the recruitment of Californian unknowns Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in the mid-seventies, Fleetwood Mac documented their inner tensions on one of the bestselling records of all time, Rumours. It would be followed by Tusk, Mirage and Tango in the Night, but still the dramas unfolded. Lindsey Buckingham quit, John and Christine McVie broke up, Mick's marriage folded and he went bankrupt.

Unabashed, Fleetwood Mac played on. 1990 brings the new album Behind the Mask and extensive world touring.

Writing from a unique perspective as the band's first bass player, Bob Brunning takes us through twenty-three years and eleven line-ups in this detailed and dramatic history of the fascinating Fleetwood Mac.

Bob Brunning was Fleetwood Mac's first ever bass player, and still continues his career as rhythm and blues musician. He now plays with the Deluxe Blues Band, with whom he recently recorded his thirtieth album. He is the author of an authoritative history of British rhythm and blues, Blues: The British Connection.

Currently the head teacher of a London primary school, Bob Brunning lives in Wimbledon with his wife and children.

Back cover photograph: Max Browne
(Windsor, 1967, from left: Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Brunning)

Copyright Bob Brunning 1990

First published in Great Britain 1990

Published by New English Library, a hardcover imprint of Hodder and Stoughton, a division of:
Hodder and Stoughton Ltd
Mill Road
Dunton Green
TN13 2YA

Editorial Office:
47 Bedford Square

Photoset by Rowland Phototypesetting Ltd
St Edmunds

Printed in Great Britain by St Edmundsbury Press Ltd
St Edmunds

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Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney.