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Ryan Reed BACK­BEAT BOOKS

Classic Rock - - Stuff - Chris Roberts

Stu­dious but self-aware tome on fifty years of Mac.

Subti­tled All That’s Left To Know About The Iconic Rock Sur­vivors, this facts-and-fun book for fans of the crit­i­cally in­dulged, co­cainead­dled soft-rock­ers shrewdly taps into their most in­ter­est­ing fea­ture: their bonkers saga of bust-ups and back-sto­ries.

It shapes the tale in five phases: the Peter Green era, the tran­si­tional era, the Buck­ing­ham-Nicks era, the post-clas­sic era and the modern era. While that sug­gests grav­i­tas on a par with a de­con­struc­tion of pointil­lism, Reed re­alises how funny the off­stage calami­ties of this band – or, re­ally, se­ries of bands – have been. The re­cent bin­ning of Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham ap­pears to have oc­curred just be­fore pub­li­ca­tion, but by then there have been enough angst-hi­lar­ity crossover episodes to fill twenty books, from “the LSD-fu­elled Mu­nich com­mune in­ci­dent” to anal­y­sis of the Mac’s chron­i­cally bad cover art.

There are top-10 lists aplenty and in­ter­views with fringe mem­bers, pro­duc­ers and crew.

A well-gauged blend of re­search and ir­rev­er­ence.

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