Fleetwood Mac: A Musical History

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Fleetwood Mac: A Musical History

Series 1

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Review

There probably isn’t another rock band that has survived as many professional fallouts and personal relationship breakdowns, or one that used song lyrics so cruelly and publicly to reflect them, as Fleetwood Mac. The anthemic The Chain is an eloquent expression of both the band's fractured links and its bonds and resilience.

We don't hear from any past or present members, but Edith Bowman and various celebrity fans attempt to analyse the band’s extraordinary and unorthodox 50-year music career, from its blues roots with founder Peter Green to its now familiar West Coast rock style. There are indulgent amounts of performance footage – almost full-length clips of the band
playing tracks from 1977’s mega-selling album Rumours – that will compensate fans who haven't got tickets for next year's tour.

Summary

Fleetwood Mac are the great survivors of British and American rock music. For more than 50 years they've overcome break-ups and breakdowns to become one of the most successful bands of all time, selling over 100 million records worldwide, with their 1977 smash Rumours accounting for nearly half of those sales. Here, fan Edith Bowman provides a narrative overview, alongside fellow celebrity admirers who all pay tribute to the band. Contributors include KT Tunstall, Travis' frontman Fran Healy, Toyah Willcox, Sian Pattenden and Emma Dabiri.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Edith Bowman
Contributor KT Tunstall
Contributor Fran Healy
Contributor Toyah Willcox
Contributor Sian Pattenden
Contributor Emma Dabiri
Director Siobhan Logue
Series Producer Siobhan Logue
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