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Rumours Exposed: The Unauthorized Biography of Fleetwood Mac Hardcover – October 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; First Edition edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559725265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559725262
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you've seen the VH1 Behind The Music specials on FLeetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks there's NOTHING NEW to learn here. The writer took quotes from the VH1 specials and articles she found on the Fleetwood Mac Penguin website and wrote a book making up stories to surround these out of context quotes. Its sad that this "author" didn't make any attempt to do ANY research, talk to ANYONE or do ANYTHING other than view 2 hours of tv shows and read a few dozen old articles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Becker on November 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sorry guys, nothing new here. It's all rehashed from the usual articles, and if you're a fan of the group you've read all these articles 6 times by now. Save yourself the time and go reread Mick's autobiography!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Beninato VINE VOICE on December 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Even a casual fan of Fleetwood Mac's will not find any surprises in Leah Furman's biography, "Rumours Exposed". It's obvious Furman did not talk to anyone even remotely associated with FM, and she used readily accessable print/Web sources for the majority of her information. The writing is stop and go as well, as if this was a magazine article padded to book length, and Ms. Furman's style veers between rock-journalist pretension and gushy fan. Diehards may just want the book to add to their collection, but if you're less than that, just borrow it from your local public library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book jacket says this is "a veritable treasure trove of Fleetwood Mac lore" and an "essential volume" to add to your collection if you're a Fleetwood fan. Insights? Untold stories? New info? Juicy details? Nope. You'll get the same quotes you've already read in the magazines, but sliced, diced, slapped together, and peppered with the author's maddeningly superficial and speculative judgments. Read the original magazine articles for the full quotes in their proper context, which provide you with far more well-rounded, fair, and informed views of each of these interesting, complex and talented people. This is decidedly unessential and not even a fun read if you actually like this band and all of its members.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Becker on November 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sorry guys, absolutley nothing new here: it's all rehashed from the same old published articles that everyone who's a fan has already read. Even the pictures add nothing exciting here. If you want a decent read of the group check out Mick Fleetwood's autobiography. And we can always look forward to the day when Stevie writes her own book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Mutford on October 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
In the late 60s and early 70s plates shifted and faults widened. Then in 77 the earthquake hit. Landscapes were forever changed. After 77 shock waves continued well into the 90s and beyond, but none had the impact of the original. If you think my metaphor for the career of Fleetwood Mac is cheesy, you should read those in Rumors Exposed. Lame metaphors and cliches are as ubiquitous here as in any Behind The Music documentary. Nicks and Don Henley as the captain of the cheerleaders and star quarterback? Puh-lease. Furman also comes across a little too apologetic for bad behaviour, offering her own interpretations, excuses and psycho-analysis of band members. Her bias is particularly strong in favour of Stevie Nicks (but most fans seem to feel the same way, so this may not be a problem). I would have liked a little more objectivity. But the book is well constructed. Very detailed, and thorough, Furman has a knack for choosing what to put in and knowing where to put it (knowing how to say it is another issue). True, the book doesn't offer much in the way of revelations, but when you're a band this chronicled, there's little in the way of news. Not to say the book is unnecessary. Furman compiled all the relevant info that's out there, sifted out the "who cares?" stuff, and put together a complete, easy to read history of the band. Readers beware: the book was released in 2000 so if you're looking for info about the Mac's last album, you won't find it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having read all of the other Fleetwood Mac books and hundreds of articles, etc., in my opinion this is an annoying and amateurish effort. Even Mick Fleetwood's book, which contains many inaccuracies and biases, isn't this skewed. Ms. Furman has strung together a lot of quotes, mostly out of context, and glued them together with her totally subjective opinion of what the speaker meant. How she was able to analyze and offer up opinions without having any personal contact with these people is a mystery to me. It's not "unauthorized" by accident - this book is a great disservice to Fleetwood Mac.
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By amber on January 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are a great Fleetwood Mac fan like myself, than you probably have heard or read every article or story in this book . Basically it is a compilation of old articles, and if you think that a book published in 2000 should in some way shed light on the relationships of band members since 97', or perhaps tell us about Lindsey's marriage-please get us an advance and we will get to writing a book that achieves that! lol I'm just kidding, but it would be nice if there was a book written that had some inside sources, so that new stories can be relayed that give us a glimpse into who these people have evolved into now. It's just a thought, and I know that one day when Stevie writes her memoirs we may get what we have been waiting for all along!
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