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Fleetwood Mac: The Definitive Historyby Mike Evans
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A treasure-filled tribute to the influential, charismatic "chameleon of rock." David Bowie, who recently returned to the studio after a long absence, always defied expectations with his dizzying series of stylistic transformations. Packed with photographs, this beautiful set covers everything about this iconic figureand#8212;his music, his film work, his partners, his life. Twenty pieces of unique memorabilia illustrate Bowie's journey to world superstardom.
- Bowie's signature as Davie Jones in 1965
-Ticket to see David Bowie perform at the Forum, Montreal, Canada in 1978
- A flyer listing many star acts appearing in Torquay, including David Bowie at the Rainbow Pavilion on July 7, 1972
- A contract for "David Bowie and the Lower Third" to perform at the Marquee Club in 1965
- A facsimile of the newspaper-style program from David Bowie's "Isolar 2" tour of 1978
- Previously unpublished photographs of Bowie live on stage in Canada, May 3, 1978
- Promotional postcard circa 1983
- Facsimile of part of the "Serious Moonlight" tour program, 1983
"This illustrated history arrives amid reports that Fleetwood Mac will tour again in 2012. That's good news for fans, who can catch up on 45 years of Mac with this oversized career-spanning book. With rare photographs, album-by-album details, and a concise overview of the band that has survived 15 lineups, music journalist Evans (Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World) goes back to the beginning, when Fleetwood Mac was a burgeoning British blues band featuring bassist John McVie, guitarist Peter Green, and drummer Mick Fleetwood. The group later added Christine Perfect (who married McVie), and after several changes in members and musical styles, the core trio of Fleetwood and the McVies recruited guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks. Success didn't come easy, and sordid affairs, dangerous amounts of drugs, and extravagant lifestyles threatened to destroy the volatile band. Though Evans navigates the haze of intra-band relationships, solo careers, hiatuses, and reunions, he gives short shrift to 1997's momentous reunion, making his account less than definitive. That said, Evans's insights about albums both renowned and forgotten will renew interest in the band's back-catalog and the vintage photographs will fan the flames of nostalgia. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A treasure-filled tribute to the influential, charismatic "chameleon of rock." David Bowie, who recently returned to the studio, always defied expectations with his dizzying series of stylistic transformations. Packed with photographs, this beautiful set covers everything about this iconic figureand#8212;his music, his film work, his partners, his life. Twenty pieces of unique memorabilia illustrate Bowie's journey to superstardom.
Can't stop thinking about Fleetwood Mac? This lavish, in-depth volume tells all about the legendary group: its music, tours, awards, turbulent personal relationships, and more.
After enjoying initial success as a British blues band, Fleetwood Mac became a wildly popular “soft rock” ensemble in the 1970s and '80s, dominating the mainstream music market around the world. Their albums, including the multimillion selling Rumours, are considered classics, while singles such as “Rhiannon,” “Dreams,” “Don't Stop,” and “Little Lies” have stood the test of time to become landmark songs of an era.
Fleetwood Mac offers a unique view of a band whose name has become synonymous with the both the triumph and heartache of rock and roll stardom.
About the Author
With a background as a musician on the '60s rock scene, Mike Evans began writing about popular music in the '70s as a broadcaster on local radio and a freelance writer. His work appeared in Sounds, Creem, and, as a regular contributor, Melody Maker. His books include the bestselling Elvis: A Celebration (2002) and Sterling's own Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World (2009). He lives in London.
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