The story of the original Fleetwood Mac
Like a classically written play, Fleetwood Mac has its beautiful highs, show stopping moments, yet with the highs, are equal flaws. The falls are greater and much more tragic.
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. The two most successful periods for the band were during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they were led by guitarist Peter Green and achieved a UK number one with “Albatross”; and from 1975 to 1987, with more pop-orientation, featuring Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
The only original member present in the band is its eponymous drummer, Mick Fleetwood. Despite band founder Peter Green naming the group by combining the surnames of two of his former bandmates (Fleetwood, McVie) from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie played neither on their first single nor at their first concerts. The keyboardist, Christine McVie, who joined the band in 1970 while married to John McVie, appeared on all but two albums, either as a member or as a session musician.
With the introduction to fame, came the introduction to drugs, and most importantly, Peter Green’s downfall. LSD has contributed to man delusions of a free mind, a free spirit, which one believes could potentially turn into free expression and to be ‘one ‘ with the music. With the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane all indulging in the realms of the drug, the offer was made to Fleetwood Mac and the temptation was too hard to resist. However, this could be further from the truth especially with Peter Green, mentally he was trapped ‘Jumping at shadows’ and ‘Man of the World’ all hinted at depression and at times schizophrenia (which was caused by LSD).
Here’s some of the highs of Fleetwood Mac.