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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118218086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118218082
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Caillat is an active record producer nominated for two Grammy's and his Daughter, Colbie Caillat is a 2 time Grammy nominee and has just released her 5th album this week, a Christmas album titled Christmas in the Sand. Ken has studio's in Santa Monica and Westlake Village, California.

This might be the best rock and roll biography I have ever read; perhaps one of the best books period I have read in a long time.
Maybe its Caillat's easy manner, his perfect recall, the way he completely opens up about the mid 70s in California & brings the reader along for the journey.
But Making Rumours is also about creating the music & here is where Caillat shines as he lovingly illustrates in detail how the songs of this seminal Grammy-winning album were birthed.
Making Rumours is a insightful and thorough read about a pivotal one man's life.~ Ralph Greco, VINTAGE ROCK 

I have just finished reading your book, thank you for taking me on a journey behind the making of my all-time favourite album. Of all the books I have read over the years this stands out in my top five music books of all time.

Thanks again and I am off to play the album one more time :)

Peter Lewry
editor: Johnny Cash-The Man in Black

"Producer-engineer Ken Calliat tells the story behind "Rumours" like a taut Hollywood screenplay, rich with crisis, conflict and confrontation in possibly the best book yet about the recording studio. One of the best-selling albums of all time is now one of the greatest rock stories of all time."

Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle, Senior Pop Music Correspondent

The best book I've read. I was a little sad to finish it. It seems that making that album was everything I hoped it would have been, plus some. You obviously had a lot to do with the magic of it, but it is definitely the telling of that story from your point of view that is the true magic of the book. I found myself "helping" you fine tune and press down the 2 buttons of the 24 track several times. I had Rumours on lightly in the background while I read much of the book. The album sounds just a bit different now...and somehow even better than before. Thanks Ken :) 

Bob Barger 

From the Author

"Rumours by Fleetwood Mac - the album absolutely changed my life, and yours, too. Containing brilliant songs byLindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, it's a classic among classics. Producer Ken Caillat has a brilliant book coming out on the making of Rumours, but ahead of its release, he spoke to me about how he tracked the mega disc cut-by-cut."

Joe Bosso
US Editor, MusicRadar

Customer Reviews

I don't get the feeling Ken likes Stevie Nicks much, although the book says he does respect her as a songwriter.
Allen Chapman
You will not only listen to the album with new ears after reading the book, but it could be a primer for burgeoning producers and engineers to learn their craft.
Martin W. Ward
Good look at the recording process of one of the greatest albums of all time and the life of an engineer/producer.
M. Mason

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kehew on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a mixed review. I'm a huge fan of FMac (all eras) especially Ken's work with them. I know a TON about this record, and still learned much I did not know. It's a great story of HOW things get done, a true behind-the-scenes of something quite important. It seems fair and doesn't slam or flatter anyone too much - some people are shown as moody AND talented, but without malice. You'll be surprised at things revealed here, and sometimes long for the way things used to be in those days! Sounds fun... and a very creative time. I'd say it's a "good read" for anyone who loves the record - I couldn't put it down! With this book in hand, you'll finally appreciate their very subtle arrangement ideas that add such powerful boost to the songs.

But as in almost all such books, it's was written by a professional writer, not the famous person whose name sells the cover. So they elaborate the truth, making up conversations and things no one could remember - tiny details to make you feel you are there, but are just fabricated. "Stevie sat down and picked up a half-smoked joint" - these momentary kinds of things no one would remember from 30 years before. It's sad, because you can usually spot these things if you're aware... I know they do it so it feels more like you're there, but it's still Creative Writing sitting next to actual History.

So - the book is full of revelations, and some great insights into the records creation. I love to see that things aren't always successful, and sometimes there are mistakes. Great songs, get left off for minor reasons, personal issues cloud how things got done. I'm an engineer/producer too, so I appreciate the technical details - tho it's hard to write for both a technical audience and a listener audience.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 4, 2013
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The pros and cons:

- If you are a music techie (have recorded before, or genuinely interested in the process), there are a lot of interesting parts on how certain sounds were produced, the types of mic's, amps, instruments used, etc...
- The book is very well organized. Chapters are divided by song, so if you are interested in certain songs and not others, it's easy to jump right in. The reference/source guide at the back of the book is extremely detailed, and it's easy to find where any name/part/song/instrument/etc is used in the book.

- Caillat either has the most amazing "Rain Man" like memory in history, or took the most extremely detailed notes on every moment of the day (which would be hard to believe, since his hands were full at the mixing board with five demanding musicians...and admitted he took his share of drugs to boot, which would draw the accuracy of those notes to question). Not humanly possible to recall every last word of every conversation like he recites in the book, and it's quickly obvious that parts were embellished. Even the arguments concerning the crumbling relationships of the band members - which was one of the major issues behind the making the album - don't read as genuine, and seem trite or cooked up. This calls into question the rest of the book, but I'll give Caillat the benefit of the doubt on the recording process and technicalities. He also goes into detail about everything his dog does, which is "cute" (I guess) at first, but quickly gets old. "He licked me on the face as if to say 'everything is going to be fine'". You get the picture.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Rich Feldman on April 8, 2012
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Ken Caillat is a friend, mentor, and former boss. Having had the distinct pleasure of working with Fleetwood Mac in my youth, I believe I am qualified to say that in his book Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, Ken has perfectly conveyed the joy, anxiety, fear, exhaustion, paranoia, delight and agony of what it was like to work with one of the worlds greatest rock & roll bands. I felt as if I were in the studio either cheering them on, or cowering behind the multi-track waiting for the tension to subside. If you want to know what not only went on behind the scenes, but how they got that amazing acoustic guitar sound on NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN... or if you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac, 70's analog recording, sex, drugs, rock & roll, and dysfunction in general, this book is sure to please. Bravo, Ken.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Todd Bartholomew TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reading over this I remember the joke that goes "If you remember what happened at Woodstock, you probably weren't there." Looking back at something that happened 35 years ago it's unlikely you can remember so much detail and reading over "Making Rumours" you can't help but wonder what genuinely happened and what are embellishments. You do certainly get the larger stories of how difficult a gestation Rumours (Deluxe Edition) had and the tensions going on within the band. None of this is a newsflash, but it is the details and the sweep of how the sessions unfold that is so captivating here. I'd forgotten how long it took for the Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition) album to turn into a best-seller and that sessions for Rumours (Deluxe Edition) had already begun at the point "Fleetwood Mac" really started getting legs. Probably the funniest thing was the band taking a break from the "Rumours" sessions to go out and tour to promote Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition), rather dispelling the whole "record-tour-record-tour" tedium for bands of that era. But Caillat is right that something magical was happening here, even if band members didn't fully realize it at the time. All of them were going through profound traumas in their personal lives and yet ...Read more ›
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