Post Script: Fleetwood Mac The Complete Illustrated History – Richie Unterberger


Fleetwood Mac The Complete Illustrated History

Richie Unterberger

Murdoch Books

Voyageur Press

ISBN: 9780760351765



From this British-American band’s blues origins in the 1960s to its pop superstardom in the 1970s and 1980s to its 2015 reunion, Fleetwood Mac has endeared itself to audiences worldwide. Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Illustrated History covers the band’s illustrious career, highlighting details that will surprise even the most loyal fans. With a career that began nearly fifty years ago and yielded seventeen studio albums, Fleetwood Mac has had a rollercoaster career, detailed here through a carefully researched text and myriad photographs and memorabilia, including some rare and little-seen items.


The band’s most popular line-up includes drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie, guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, and singer Stevie Nicks, but its members have shifted over the years since Fleetwood Mac began in 1967. And although the band’s superstar phase in the 1970s is most familiar to the public, Fleetwood Mac’s roots were in the blues, and the band evolved in fits and starts before finding popular success. Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Illustrated History documents their entire story, including the troubled circumstances that led to the 1970 withdrawal of the band’s original guitarist, Peter Green, as well as the broken marriage of John and Christine McVie and the romantic breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham that threatened to split the group even as they were recording one of the biggest albums of all time, Rumours. This is the whole story of one of rock and roll’s greatest bands.



My View:

Now this is how the history of a musician/rock band should be written and presented! Others take note, this is a joy to look at, to read, to own.


One of the very first albums I bought as a teenager was Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, what an album! It still holds its own today – and I must dig it out and get the record player working ( or buy the digital version, which may be easier)  J  This book holds so much history –  I never realised that there were so many versions of the band or styles of music and albums before Rumours…


Let’s talk photographs/images – they are superb!  The quality of the prints, the access to material; the posters advertising concerts, the album covers (and the wonderful “Selective Discography” at the back of the book complete with album covers), the shots taken during concerts, recording sessions…the playfulness, the colour, the fashion…this book has it all.


Informative, spectacular and a treat to hold – this book is a great one for the fans or as a coffee table book.




2 thoughts on “Post Script: Fleetwood Mac The Complete Illustrated History – Richie Unterberger

  1. I’m already interested, Carol, because I’m a fan of Fleetwood Mac. Among other things, they’re really interesting as people. Glad it’s both informative and well-written!

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