and Fleetwood Mac
Mick Fleetwood and Anthony
Read by Martin Dew with Mick Fleetwood
November 2014 / ISBN 978-1478957201
Nonfiction/Autobiography / Audiobook - /Unabridged
by Leslie C. Halpern
with his childhood in England, supported by two loving parents
and an older sister, Mick Fleetwood recounts how he discovered
his life-long passion for music as a teenager seeking a means
of dealing with dyslexia. He remembers having anxiety at school
when forced to stand at the blackboard unable to answer teachers'
questions. He remembers always being the tallest boy in class,
and often the new kid, as his family moved frequently due
to his father's job. He also remembers beating on drums to
accompany record albums as he performed shows for his friends
in his make-shift studio at home.
The book's title, Play On, references Fleetwood's
favorite message when signing autographs and one of Fleetwood
Mac's albums, titled, "Then Play On." A combination
of memories (reflections on his early behavior, impressions
of other musicians, conversations with people), facts (where
Fleetwood Mac performed, how many albums sold, band members
over the 46 years on the road), and a PDF with photographs
comprise the nine CDs in this audiobook. After a brief introduction
by Fleetwood, Martin Dew reads the book in a clear, pleasant,
and sincere style that captures the emotion of each particular
Readers expecting gossip, drugs, sex, and music trivia won't
be disappointed. There's plenty of that. There's also introspection.
At age 65, Fleetwood looks back on his life, loves, and career
with different eyes than when he was younger. He also ties
in some of life's most pivotal moments (the death of a friend,
a drug bust) and how they eventually appear in music. He's
candid about his mistakes and his achievements, sharing credit
for the band's success with long-time collaborator and business
partner, John McVie, and singer-songwriter, Christine McVie.
In this book, co-author Anthony Bozza, who wrote seven New
York Times bestsellers, worked with Fleetwood to produce a
fascinating - and occasionally profound - account of the man
behind the rock 'n roll lifestyle.
Leslie C. Halpern is the author of Passionate About Their
Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity,
Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children's Poems About
Self-Image, and Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny
Children's Poems About Table Manners.