- Series: 33 1/3 (Book 77)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (December 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826429025
- ISBN-13: 978-0826429025
- Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 8.9 x 166.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book's exclusive interviews with Lindsey Buckingham are the meat of the affair and are often quite insightful. The author's insistence on inserting himself into the tale is distracting ... his facts are often way off base and his writing style is bloated without adding any significant information to the proceedings. For instance, he sums up Fleetwood Mac's prior seven-year existence before Buckingham and Nicks joined the band in one paragraph, a paragraph rife with incorrect dates and incorrect data presented as "facts." The author also apparently believes if something can be stated in one sentence, why not make it a paragraph? There's a helluva lot of unnecessary throat-clearing going on in this book.
The good points in this book are the Buckingham interludes. It's too bad the author didn't also interview anyone else in the band.
Having said all that, the Buckingham material is good enough by itself to make the book worthwhile for Fleetwood Mac and TUSK afficionados.
He says in the forward of the book that if you don't like music writing with a personal story behind it, then you won't like his book. But the reason I don't like HIS book isn't for the reasons he suggests. I don't like this book because I think his assumptions about why I'm reading the book are wrong. If I met him at a party and he started talking in his parenthetical writing style, I'd walk away from him within minutes. Likewise, I got a third of the way through this book--which is a fair distance to give any writer--and said, "No way."
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Terrible book, I would have thought an editor would have stepped in and said "no way!Read more