Don’t Stop! Uncut’s newest Ultimate Music Guide tells the incredible story of Fleetwood Mac – an infinite series of surprise plot twists, where radical upheavals arrive with every new album. “We’ve never done what was expected of Fleetwood Mac,” says the band’s first leader, Peter Green, “we’ve always done the opposite.”
Fleetwood Mac: The Ultimate Music Guide collects revealing features, unseen for decades, from the archives of Uncut, NME and Melody Maker They document the rise and fall of Green’s band, the emergence of Christine McVie, the transitional lineups of the early ’70s, the dramatic arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, and the glory and devastation that soon followed. “Being in Fleetwood Mac is more like being in group therapy,” noted the mostly redoubtable Mick Fleetwood in 1977, as he contemplated the seismic impact of Rumours and laid bare – not for the last time – the private lives of its key players.
Our Ultimate Music Guide, though, focuses on Fleetwood Mac’s extraordinary music as much as their intimate affairs. To that end, we’ve commissioned new, in-depth reviews of every single one of their albums, from lost gems to some of the biggest-selling releases of all time. Like everything about Fleetwood Mac, it makes for an uncommonly long and complicated story, but one that is never less than compelling. “Looking back, it’s like listening to war stories,” says Fleetwood. “There’s blood and guts and disagreements still to this day. But that’s what makes it mean a shit.”