Foreword to Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Recording Sessions 1967 - 1997

By Bob Brunning

Book written by Peter Lewry

It hardly seems possible that it is over thirty years ago that I nervously stepped on to the stage at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in August 1967 with Fleetwood Mac. There were just four of us: Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and me. We were virtually bottom of the bill, but nevertheless very grateful ... and terrified ... to be there. None of us could have known what the future held for the Mac (well, apart from me. I was a temporary member until John McVie came aboard two months later!)

The band played on, surviving some astonishing set-backs during the next three decades. Members came and went amid dramas and traumas. However, if ever the word resilient could be applied to any Mac members, then Messrs McVie and Fleetwood are the ones. They quite simply NEVER gave up! Lesser men would have quit ten times over, but their faith in Fleetwood Mac never let them down. Their gritty determination paid off when their discovery of the talented but hungry and unsuccessful L.A. musicians Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham led to the recording of one of the world's top selling albums, RUMOURS. A musical saga of the Fleetwood Mac soap opera if ever there was!

Of course, true to form, that classic line-up also tore itself apart, but not before producing some truly memorable music, including TUSK and TANGO IN THE NIGHT.

The period between 1990 and 1996 was a little less productive, but 1997 saw Lindsey and Stevie rejoin Christine, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood to recreate arguably the strongest ever Mac line-up.

But perhaps the best news, as this book goes to press, is that the talented founder of Fleetwood Mac, guitarist Peter Green, appears to be making a tremendous recovery from the illness which dogged him from the seventies into the nineties. Out on the road with his band and receiving popular acclaim, Peter is regaining his love of music. There will not be any member of the Mac, past or present, who will not celebrate this, just the latest development in the life of one of the most popular and controversial bands in the world: Fleetwood Mac.

--Bob Brunning

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Note: Lisa and I, as well as The Penguin, are listed in the acknowledgements.