Mick Fleetwood – Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography Book Review

Book Review: Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood

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Nice, reflective memoir from Mr Fleetwood

I enjoyed this book, nice to see that the Fleetwood Mac story (from Mick’s perspective) brought up to date, the book did allocate the nearly fifty percent to the early years before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band and really over covered the years post-1990 in the last third of the book, this was a surprise as Mick’s previous book covered up to 1990, but I guess he felt that he needed to tell this story again.

The pre-1990 section could be seen as a duplicate, but I felt that the story was told with a fresher sense of perspective, probably as it included information from Mick’s first wife Jenny Boyd that took the story in a slightly different direction with more emphasis on regrets and acknowledged the dysfunctional family life as opposed to the just being focused on Fleetwood Mac.

The later section that dealt with the post-1990 band was a little rushed, many years were skipped and as this timeframe is really lacking in print, this was a missed opportunity, the book was finished bang up to date with Christine McVie re-joining the band and Fleetwood Mac being out on the road again.

All in all, a good read for a fan of the band, or for a casual observer of Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood.

Four Stars out of Five

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