"After forty-six years of being on the road, now is the right time to look back in a way I've never done before: now and then. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you."
Mick Fleetwood has been part of one of the world's most successful and adored bands for over four decades. Here he tells the full and candid story of that life, and what it is to be part of the ever evolving Fleetwood Mac.
His all-access autobiography spans the career of one of classic rock's greatest drummers and band leaders, the co-founder of the deeply loved super group that bears his name. In this intimate portrait of a life lived in music, Fleetwood vividly recalls his upbringing in Cornwall, Egypt and Norway tapping along to whatever song was playing on the radio; his experiences as a musician in Sixties London; the early days of the band featuring Peter Green, and his close friendship with George Harrison and seemingly all of music royalty.
Play On sheds new light on Fleetwood Mac's raucous history describing the highs and lows of being part of a band that he often single-handedly kept together. His love affair with Stevie Nicks, the creation of landmark albums like Rumours and Tusk, and the many incredible and outrageous moments of recording, touring, fighting, and loving with Fleetwood Mac: all are here. He describes his life's moments with the honesty and immediacy that his fans expect, taking us to the very heart of this multi layered life.
It's been a tumultuous journey with the excesses of the band's huge success at times threatening to destroy what they strived so hard to create. But through it all it's been the drive to play on that has won out. Now, then, and always, it's Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood goes his own way in this sometimes arresting, sometimes pedestrian memoir. Fleetwood Mac is the platinum-selling band best known for their 1975 breakthrough self-titled album and 1977's blockbuster Rumours. With affectionate candor, Fleetwood, with the assistance of music writer Bozza, reveals all the ups and downs of the alluring songwriting, musical genius, and tempestuous and toxic relationships that made that incarnation of the band with members Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Fleetwood himself front page news. Fleetwood quickly summarizes his childhood and youth, admitting that he was a terrible student and that he suffered from dyslexia. Close with his parents, he mourns his gentleman dreamer father, who died far too young. Fleetwood leaves home as a teen to pursue his musical dreams, acknowledging that as drummer he has "no idea what I'm playing, each and every time I play our songs, though I have what Lindsey calls the feel." Fleetwood poignantly chronicles his relationship with guitarist Peter Green, who gave the early Fleetwood Mac its distinctive blues character on albums such as Fleetwood Mac (later renamed Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac) and Then Play On, and Green's slow descent into the throes of paranoia and madness. Never pulling the veil over his personal life, he narrates the breakup of his three marriages and his love for his new partner, Chelsea Hill. He admits that for better and for worse he's sold his soul to music and the music business, "somehow knowing in my heart that it would turn out alright."