Fleetwood Mac's Songbird: Christine McVie

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Fleetwood Mac's Songbird: Christine McVie
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Review

Anyone lucky enough to see Fleetwood Mac on their recent tour will know how important Christine McVie’s contribution to the band continues to be. Her songs (Over My Head, Don’t Stop, Everywhere, the hauntingly beautiful Songbird...) not only held their own but actually shone out.

Flitting through her biography from war baby to blues fascination, this winning pop-doc peers through the fug of hash and the chaos of break-ups to really hit home with the springboard moments.

Among them are the love stories, none more affecting than her defiant sisterhood with Stevie Nicks, first introduced to the band in 1974. After some initial jealousy, McVie realised what her role was, and in one chiming summation, tells us: “I could no more do twirls in chiffon than Stevie could play the blues on the piano.”

Summary

While she has never fronted Fleetwood Mac, preferring to align herself with `the boys' in the rhythm section, Christine McVie is their most successful singer-songwriter whose hits include Over My Head, Don't Stop and Everywhere. After global success in the late '70s and mid-'80s Christine left the band in 1998, living in semi-retirement in Kent, only to rejoin in 2014. Here, she finally gets to take centre stage to tell both her own story and that of Fleetwood Mac from her vantage point. Contributors include Christine's current bandmates Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Neil Finn and Mike Campbell.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Christine McVie
Contributor Stevie Nicks
Contributor Mick Fleetwood
Contributor John McVie
Contributor Neil Finn
Contributor Mike Campbell
Director Matt O'Casey
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Matt O'Casey
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