Play On by Mick Fleetwood & Anthony Bozza.
Mick Fleetwood would be one of the most self deprecating rock stars I have ever read about. He is extremely harsh on his abilities as a husband and father and astonishingly at his drumming ability. But his story is a most interesting one as he takes the band Fleetwood Mac from quintessential British Blues band to the sophisticated rock band that provided Bill Clinton with his election slogan “don’t stop thinking about tomorrow”.
Mick had a happy childhood and adored his Airforce father and his loving mother and two sisters. He loved family gatherings with their storytelling and laughter. Inflicted with dyslexia he did not like school from an early age but once he got going at a Rudolf Steiner school he learnt to be a drummer and this changed his life forever.
He played with some of the most revered musicians in the UK such as John Mayall a guy who didn’t suffer fools gladly. That is why I don’t take seriously his opinion of his drumming ability. Joined by his base playing partner for life John McVie and putting up with brilliance and craziness of lead guitarist Peter Green and the brilliant Jeremy Spencer, Fleetwood Mac were an outstanding blues band.
As things fell apart in his personal life and with the band a new Fleetwood Mac with Christine McVie nee Perfect and the Americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham evolved to become one the World’s most successful acts. Their internal squabbles and relationships were legendary, and recorded in song. They agonised over every song as their personal lives became common knowledge with the story of the hit album Rumours being of great interest.
I liked the way he talked about how the songs came about and of all the musos that he met. His own part in the cocaine fueled 70’s is insightful and the LSD input into the hippy culture and the demise of Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, is enlightening.
I liked the man and Anthony Bozza should be congratulated on putting Fleetwood’s fascinating life experiences on paper.