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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155652790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556527906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This is a fascinating if overlong look at the megasuccess of Fleetwood Mac in the mid-1970s, after the former British blues band recorded the laid-back rock songs of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks that made the album Rumours one of the most popular of its era. While working at the band's recording studio, Harris, currently a music business costume designer, became Buckingham's girlfriend and constant companion from 1976 through 1984, and she gives a detailed look—more so than drummer and original member Mick Fleetwood's biography—at this already well-chronicled story of how the success of Rumours provided the income for extravagant cocaine-fueled excesses before, during and after performances. Harris too often uses clichés, such as her view of the band's beautiful insanity. But she does candidly recount Buckingham's rage and his repeated physical assaults on her. Along the way, she offers great descriptions of the band's recording sessions, especially her account of Buckingham's desire to create something new, something completely different for Tusk, the more experimental (and less profitable) follow-up to Rumours. (July)
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From Booklist

Fleetwood Mac abandoned its blues roots to pursue mainstream commercial success even before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined it in 1975. Harris, then Buckingham's girlfriend, chronicles the behind-the-scenes drugs-and-sex-and-rock-and-roll aspects of the band's late-1970s climb to mega mainstream success with the albums Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, and the relatively underperforming Tusk. During this time, group bassist John McVie and his wife, Christine, the band's most successful songwriter, divorced; Buckingham and Nicks ended their romantic relationship; and internal love affairs and myriad rumors threatened band cohesiveness. Enter Harris, who proved more a symptom than a cause of the turmoil. Using extremely rich material for a rock tell-all, she now offers the sort of in-depth reportage that, though engrossing, does rather strain credulity concerning the accuracy of all its quoted dialogue; but then, such is expected of and usual in such books. Serious music fans may be disappointed, but seekers of celebrity dirt will revel in this work. Prospective readers will know in which camp they fall, so advise appropriately. Tribby, Mike --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Carol Ann Harris grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Swiss drummer Martin Ehrsam. In 1976, she met Lindsey Buckingham, lead guitar player and singer for the superstar band Fleetwood Mac. She became Buckingham's girlfriend and then fiance, and was by his side on the band's tours and in the recording studio for the next eight years. In Storms, My Life With Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac, she writes about the years she spent with Lindsey and Fleetwood Mac at the height of the band's fame. After ending her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham, she became a Costume Designer and worked on over 150 music videos, commercials and feature films. She is currently working on her second book that will include more stories of her years with Fleetwood Mac as well as chronicle her years as a Costume Designer for many of the biggest bands of the eighties and nineties: Motley Crue, Jon Bon Jovi, Guns & Roses, John Cougar Mellencamp, Billy Idol, Slaughter, Queensryche,Cinderalla, Kiss and many, many more. You can visit Carol Ann Harris on Facebook where she shares photos & more behind the scenes stories from "Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac".

Customer Reviews

Carol Ann seems to come off in this book as some kind of whiner.
Deborah M. Buchanan
Overall, this book is VERY well written and thorough from the authors point of view.
Shelly Janes
If You are a die-hard Fleetwood Mac fan You will enjoy this book.
L. Niebauer

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175 of 184 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on July 2, 2007
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Great biography that comes across as fresh and rather unbiased. I think that all the members of the band come across in a reasonably good light considering the times and the massive drug use - save for Mr. Buckingham who is finally called out for beating Carol up on many occasions.

She could have taking 1/2 of his fortune as his common law wife but instead chose to leave with almost nothing. Why did she stay? The same reason that most people stay in an abusive relationship.

Good insight into the band during the period in which they were on top of the world.
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149 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Annie B. on July 8, 2007
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I just finished the book that I read in one day. As a die hard fan of Fleetwood Mac, I was hungry for the words of a true insider. I could not put the book down after the first chapter. I was increasingly compelled as the pages seemingly turned themselves. Tales of brutal domestic violence at the hands of Lindsey Buckingham, a man depicted to have a Jeckel and Hyde personality - in control of Ms. Harris and the world around him. Many of the incidences of violence at the hands of Buckingham were witnessed by members of the band and people traveling with the band; acts of violence so severe, Ms. Harris was reportedly hospitalized on more than one occasion.

As a woman, I did wonder toward the end of every detailed depiction of rage why Ms. Harris chose not to leave Buckingham, but only an insider in this pseudo-fabulous world of entertainment could relate.

This book has given me a new respect for Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, both of whom played hard but were too talented to let the toxic world around them deteriorate their music, their success, or their sense of individulaism.

Kudos for Ms. Harris for her honesty and brutal depiction of her memories, journals, audio taped conversations, and "war wounds" that went into the writing of this book. I hope the result was cathartic and, hopefully, very successful. I wish you the very best!
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135 of 143 people found the following review helpful By David B. on July 8, 2007
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This is the story of Fleetwood Mac that I have been trying to find and read for years! Carol Ann Harris finally did it right. Apologies to none, she tells it clearly and for the record, no appearnt axes to grind or ulterior motives.

I'm sure it took her the 20 intervening years since she left Linsey to get over the trauma and to chronicle, fairly objectively, the tumultous ride that nearly killed her!

I absolutely could not put this book down!

Her style is perfect as this book reads more like a novel than a mere chronicle of events.
The guest appearances of so many rock legends is icing on the cake. An absolute must read for anyone with an interest in the incredible Fleetwood Mac story.

Thank You Carol Ann, FINALLY!
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157 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Joe Bosso on July 4, 2007
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No ghostwriter needed here. Carol Ann Harris, who recounts her eight-year relationship with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, has penned a memoir brimming with vivid detail and winning prose. No mere rock and roll time capsule, this is a poetic act of will, a work of stunning courage and originality.

For fans of the Mac, Harris' recollections on her time with the band will make for juicy, page-turning reading. But it's when she turns the mirror on herself that the book really gets going. Being the girlfriend of a tortured genius is no easy task, and Harris takes us through the highs and lows, the euphroia and the horror, in an almost miraculous fashion, with a depth of feeling seldom found in even the best of celebrity tell-alls.

Welcome the arrival of an exciting new writer.
-- Joe Bosso
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Kelly on July 19, 2007
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Though ardent Fleetwood Mac fans may vaguely know of Tulsa county native, Carol Ann Harris, many now await the moment her autobiographical Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac falls under their eyes when it hits stores Sunday, July 15th. Since - save for one interview - Ms. Harris has never allowed a public look into her 1976-1984 relationship with guitar-genius Lindsey Buckingham, fans may lock the door to devour the near-400 page look into Mac's glory era as soon as they get it home.

Though the relationship/breakup of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks has been over-chronicled to a pathological degree, this new-to-the-outside-world tale is told from the ticklish plight of having been Lindsey's new girlfriend, who was often around both stars. It's no stretch to believe the authoress wrote this book for fans (as her advance-edition states), for she seems a reputable source, taking you into her confidence like a friend. While superstar Nicks doesn't figure front and center on every page, reams of detailed scenarios - amazing recording sessions, rehearsals, backstage countdowns and parties - involving Ms. Nicks and the whole band will keep fans turning the pages. There are plenty of magical moments: spoiled young celebrities globetrotting first class, post-Rumours mansion shopping, jamming with musical heroes in the snow-covered English countryside; but each band-mate is also shown as a very real person: tempted, rejected, regaled and ridiculed by those around them. All were beloved by appreciative fans, but miserable enough to march through their commitments only with the aid of energy-mimicking drugs.

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