Monday, May 6, 2013

Movie Review:***^ Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (to mmboe)

This is a documentary of the band Fleetwood Mac during a period after they were joined by two American musicians: Lindsey Buckingham vocals and guitar and Stevie Nicks vocals.  Lindsey was on guitar and Stevie on vocals.  These two brought new energy to the group which already included Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on bass and Christine McVie on keyboard.  This album was born in hardship.  The band had two couples, Stevie and Lindsey and John and Christine.  As they were making the album Rumours, both couples were coming to an end.  Some of the splits were very messy.  John had a very difficult losing Christine, but later realized his behavior had driven her away.  In this environment, it is hard to see how they could make music together.  They would come to the studio and not talk to each other to deal with their pain, but they would make music together.  This album was their most successful, and included their number one single, Dreams.  This song was written by Stevie Nix.  It also included one of my favorite "Go Your Own Way" which Lindsey wrote about his relationship with Stevie.  Christine wrote a popular song "You make Loving Fun" about the lighting director, not her husband.  Another popular song on the album is "Don't Stop" also written by Christine.  It is amazing these people, who really didn't want to be together could make this music.  They drew upon their pain, and put that emotion into their music.  Another force opposing their music was the drug scene.  They could talk about it later after they had become clean, but drugs was a negative influence on the band.
One thing interesting about the movie is the producers showing how different tracks were added which added depth to the music.

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