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Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album Hardcover – Download: Adobe Reader, April 1, 2012
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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.
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 :)
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."
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 :)
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."
US Editor, MusicRadar c
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1118218086
- ISBN-13 : 978-1118218082
- Dimensions : 6.45 x 1.33 x 9.46 inches
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (April 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #118,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The rest of the book bounces between utterly irrelevant stories about his dog. And random girls. Caillat tries very hard to give the impression that he was a ladykiller. It's a little pathetic. He ends up coming across as a huge nerd.
Calliat also has a tremendous, enormous ego and is more than happy to give the impression that he was a Svengali that created Rumours using the random cast offs from a bunch of drug addled, sociopathic misfits. Reading "Making Rumours" is to know that Ken Caillat was the single most critical component of that album's creation. Caillat was clearly important, but he seems a little delusional here.
Finally, the book reads as a bit of a hit piece on Lindsey Buckingham. The back story is that the author sold his publishing company on the premise that he could provide insider info and interviews with the principle players. Buckingham asked the rest of the band not to participate, which obviously made Caillat's life difficult. This, in addition to the fact that Fleetwood Mac hasn't used Caillat in many years, results in a common thread of bitterness that runs throughout the book - manifesting most acutely against Lindsey Buckingham. Again, a little pathetic.
A great book when it comes to technical info. Some dirt to read, if you are into gossip, but the whole thing leaves a bad taste in the mouth. I regret buying it.
The book was interesting and I did enjoy learning much that I didn’t know about both the band and the recording process, but at times things seemed to drag on a bit. Much of what happened in this biography felt very repetitive, and I often found myself setting it down to take a break from reading things that were very similar to something I had read not long before. This is not to say that the book was boring, but parts of it just didn’t hold my interest so much as other parts of the band’s story.
If you are a fan of either the album or Fleetwood Mac, I would recommend giving this book a chance. If you are not interested in them or their music, then chances are this book just won’t be your cup of tea.
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Making Rumours contains three interlaced strands: creating the album; the band and their interactions; and the author's personal life during that momentous year. The ratio is something like 50-15-35.
The most memoirish sections of the book (e.g., Caillat's romantic experiences) are the least compelling—sorry, Mr. C—but they're easily skimmed, and they do help give a sense of the '70s music scene. Caillat is a pleasant-enough narrator that the book is easy reading.
His portrait of the band is engaging, mostly because of how the relationships affected the music, but also because he does well at conveying the different personalities.
Best are the musical and technical specifics Caillat gives about creating the album. Choosing instruments, miking, layering vocals, assembling guitar solos, and much more: the process was elaborate, and Caillat goes into extensive and welcome detail. Any rock musician who admires Rumours would benefit from reading how it was achieved.
The pictures in the book should have been larger -- lots of them but even a magnifying glass doesn't help much. I would have liked to read more about Stevie & Lindsey but that's another book I wish someone would write.
I like this book much more than Carol Ann Harris's story of her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham. From reading Caillat's book, it's clear that Harris came in at the very tail end of Rumours but she writes as if she was in the trenches with them all along.
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Ken makes a great, if polite raconteur, and therein lies the rub. Maybe i was expecting a little more on the human side of the story, as the technical bits are very well written, and enough so that even a non-audiophile can pick up on them. But the slight niggle for me, is that everyone seems to have been airbrushed a tad, in the sense that Ken has held back it seems, on a lot more about each of the band members and their escapades, therein.
Its a great read, no doubt, but i feel theres a wodge of material somewhere, left on the editing table with a "ooh, i cant put that in...can I?" which is understandable, as Ken was and very much still is, a true professional in the business, so there's no need to come across as a dissaffected "gossip", for want of a better phrase. My gut feeling, is that there may also be another book based on TUSK, which is what he worked on with the band next, which apparently cost a million dollars at the time, to make. Now THAT, would be a fascinating read in itself, as its when the wheels of the band started to spin VERY fast, and they became a huge juggernaut in terms of touring, sales and recording.
I recommend this, as its a good read. Polite, cheeky, interesting and engaging. As long as youre not expecting anything eye-popping, etc, then its a fun trawl through this period of fleetwood mac.