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  • Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac
  • By: Mick Fleetwood
  • Narrated by: Martin Dew
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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By: Mick Fleetwood
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Publisher's Summary

'After forty-six years of being on the road, now is the right time to look back in a way I've never done before: now and then. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you.'

Mick Fleetwood has been part of one of the world's most successful and adored bands for over four decades. Here he tells the full and candid story of that life, and what it is to be part of the ever evolving Fleetwood Mac.

His all-access autobiography spans the career of one of classic rock's greatest drummers and band leaders, the co-founder of the deeply loved super group that bears his name.

In this intimate portrait of a life lived in music, Fleetwood vividly recalls his upbringing in Cornwall, Egypt, and Norway, tapping along to whatever song was playing on the radio; his experiences as a musician in Sixties London; the early days of the band featuring Peter Green, and his close friendship with George Harrison and seemingly all of music royalty.

Play On sheds new light on Fleetwood Mac's raucous history, describing the highs and lows of being part of a band that he often single-handedly kept together. His love affair with Stevie Nicks, the creation of landmark albums like Rumours and Tusk, and the many incredible and outrageous moments of recording, touring, fighting, and loving with Fleetwood Mac: all are here. He describes his life's moments with the honesty and immediacy that his fans expect, taking us to the very heart of this multi-layered life.

It's been a tumultuous journey with the excesses of the band's huge success at times threatening to destroy what they strived so hard to create. But through it all, it's been the drive to play on that has won out. Now, then, and always, it's Fleetwood Mac.

©2014 Constant Endeavor, LLC (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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Would you try another book from Mick Fleetwood and/or Martin Dew?

If you looking to hear about how all those great tunes came into being, sadly the books doesn't deliver. Also Martin's reading becomes boring after a while.

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  • Colin
  • 01-20-15

A Fascinating Syory

Some years ago Mick Fleetwood published his autobiography and I must say it was without doubt the best book about music I’d ever read.

This audiobook is not an update to that original title but a complete re-write of his story, and brings the story right up to their 2014 world tour. I’ll admit I approached this with some trepidation as I thought it might just re-hash the previous book. But not so, and I’m very happy to say that Mr Fleetwood does not disappoint in any way as this title is every bit as fresh and engaging as his first. Fleetwood has also taken the interesting step of not relying only on his own memories of events but has taken the time to talk with past colleagues, friends and even ex-wives to ensure he presents an even telling of the story.

In this age of instant game-show 15-minute stardom people can forget just how long Mick and the various versions of his band have been on the scene. From the early blues scene in London with Peter Green to the heady days of mega-stardom with the revamped band and Buckingham/Nicks the pace never falters. Even though the emotional stresses and pressures within the band during the recording of ‘Rumours’ have been well documented in previous books and magazine articles, this title takes a fresh perspective on the whole period, explaining how the relationships, both personal and professional, were continuously tested and pushed from all sides, and the emotional minefield that needed to be negotiated practically every day. Many bands wouldn’t have survived such an ordeal, and it is testament to them, and Fleetwood’s management skills, that they did, and ended up producing one of the most important albums of its time.

Fleetwood also deals very openly and honestly with the problems their subsequent success brought, both emotional and financial, as their constant touring led to new excesses in hedonistic revelry and expensive living that resulted in Fleetwood waking up to discover that, amazingly, he was bankrupt.

A special mention must also be made to Martin Dew who delivers a first-class reading. It helps that his speaking voice is very close to Fleetwood’s and in no time at all you feel like it’s Fleetwood himself telling the story.

Very highly recommended

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  • Phil
  • 08-22-15

Self indulgent and sanitised

Mick Fleetwood is a member of the rock and roll family tree. He has been in so many great line ups - not just the many iterations of Fleetwood Mac - but also in the pre-FM scene. It's hard to name some influential, gifted artist of the period that he didn't know, rub shoulders, or play along side.

So this guys has the goods and this should make for a dazzling account of a life in rock and roll. At this point I will compare this to Keith Richards autobiography 'Life'. I don't hesitated to tell you that Richards delivers and experience that is far more compelling, and candid.

Mick Fleetwood never gives you the impression that he has ever, in his whole life, achieved any degree of self reflection, self awareness or self knowledge. That might not be true - it may simply be a case that he didn't want to put that much on show.

Everyone knows that - of all bands - Fleetwood Mac had bust ups that were explosive and disagreements that would paint vivid colours across any biography. You wouldn't think so from listening to this. Mick Fleetwood tiptoes through his retelling without an adverse comment to anyone and some fantastic retrospective justifications that smooth over and minimise any frictions.

He tells of his wrecking ball personal life that tore through a series of wives (he admits that he repeatedly married women to stop them leaving him - which I find disturbing) and girlfriends. He mentions his own cocaine addiction peddling the true/false suggestion that he spent £60 million on the stuff and snorted a line seven miles long (when he sat down and worked it out).

If he went into rehab and actually challenged his addictions there's no meaningful account of it here. He would have you believe that he simply stopped drinking and taking copious amounts of drugs.

Two bankruptcies lead to Mick complaining dolefully about his lack of royalties because he never wrote any of the songs - particularly on 'Rumours' - whereas Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks made huge sums on the album and on their personal ventures and solo projects.

He sounds like the perenial victim, a bit of wet drama queen, and even when he's talking about buying houses in California, and Maui, and London, and his cars, and his private jets and so on (and on and on) - he always has a pessimistic tone. Perhaps this is a failure of the performance. This being said he over plays the 'it's hard being a rich rock star' angle. A number of times.

So as you can see I never warmed to him. I never thought he was being honest or candid with me. I compare his account that of Richards (as mentioned earlier) and Carole King (both of whom really do expose themselves and offer meaningful insights). By comparison Mick Fleetwood is giving a very superficial, happily ever after story, and while I listened all the way to the end it was a 'ho hum' experience.

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  • Mark H
  • 07-27-15

A must read for long time Fleetwood Mac fans

This book provides a broad account of Mick Fleetwood’s life, from a teenager, through the successes and challenges of a long musical career and up to the recent past. The backbone of the narrative is centred on the bands, the people that made them up and their successes, but there is much about Mick’s personal life and the way that he has lived it. I had thought of using the heading ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’, because it is clear that this would describe a lifestyle that pervaded his environment and those around him, but there was more to his life than this and what came through was a likable, sociable, nice, but sometimes naïve man who has the same allocation of flaws in his character as most of us,.

The book is well read, which it needed to be as it is not a great work of prose, but it is a great insight into the life of a rock star in his own voice. Also, I thought it a bit slow to begin with and there were sections that I would have edited out, as they seemed a little self-indulgent. However, I enjoyed this autobiography and there seemed to be even handed account of situations that clearly had many facets. This is definitely a book for Fleetwood Mac fans and for anyone interested in the lifestyle of a successful and durable rock star.

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  • Deborah Cooper
  • 10-09-22

What a life!

Kept my interest all the way through. Mick Fleetwood has lived his life for sure! I found the narration to be a bit monotone, but on the whole a good listen.

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  • Jerry G
  • 10-09-22

A fascinating insight into their history

Fascinating, insightful and easy paced. Much of the speculation and myths of this band generally validated, and sometimes challenged. Well worth a listen. Really good to understand the backstory behind some their hits.

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  • Richard
  • 08-09-22

Interesting autobiography, annoying narrator

Narrator has a habit of not reading.

...the whole sentence.

All the time, he reads some words in a way that makes it sound like he's finished, but then realises the sentence continues and so just tacks on the rest. Not a huge issue, just irritating.

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  • TheDon
  • 05-04-22

fascinating - great for Fleetwood Mac fans

I guess I'm not a dedicated Fleetwood Mac fan, but I like a lot of their music, and had heard lots of "rumours" about the backstage problems.
I didn't know they had such a strong drug usage history, and that is a prevalent theme all the way through this book. I guess I was less interested in that (and the drink) and more interested in the music and the stories about touring and money and all the fallings out the many versions of the band suffered.

like most books of this sort, I find the constant fawning to name dropped egos (I mean other celebrities) boring eg " I can say without doubt X is the greatest musician I ever worked with..." - this comes up quite a lot.

I guess I still had questions at the end, but thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. at times I forgot the narrator isn't actually Mick Fleetwood - which I think is a great way to recommend this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-18-22

Fans only?

I enjoyed the story as I love Fleetwood Mac’s music.
It’s not particularly well written but another interesting layer in the Mac saga.

Mick manages to convince himself he’s a good guy but he came across quite manipulative were his treatment of women was concerned.

Maybe this one is for Mac fans only?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-18-22

Love Mick Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac

Fantastic!
Really need to listen if you're a FM fan!
Didn't want it to end!!

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  • David Murphy
  • 11-24-21

A great story well told

The intro meandered a bit which didn't get my hopes up. But once it got going it was great. The narrator is first class and while I like to hear the writer themselves I didn't miss it. Micks insights were fascinating and as a musician I found the more technical stuff great. I play the drums as a hobby instrument and I have been listening to the album "Mystery to me" and Micks approach to drumming explained a lot to me. I liked his candour about his lifestyle and the regrets on his marriage. Oddly, I'd have liked more about his parents and siblings they seemed like great people. But as a whole effort I cannot fault it. Mick is a decent guy, self aware and he treats the others in the story with great respect, even the ones who hurt him. He's likewise contrite about the people he's hurt. I thought it was balanced and he came across as a decent human being. I'd love to meet him and have a pint.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-20

Fleetwood Mac fan, you’ll love this!

Loved, loved, loved it! You’ll find yourself singing a Fleetwood Mac song or 2 for sure!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-19

Giving up after 2 hours

The narrator irks me, & the story is bland & boring despite being about one of the greatest musicians in the greatest band of all time, & featuring many famous talented friends... I'm sorry Mick but you bored me.

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  • Richard
  • 05-22-18

A fascinating life

really enjoyed the early years and the meeting of the present band. Shame he didn't narrate as it comes alive much more then e.g. Springsteen, Clapton, Collins, Townsend etc
it becomes frustrating to listen to his constant repetitive never ending hedonism and letting down those who deeply cared for him including 3 wives. it ends on a high note of the band being close again so it felt strange now knowing they recently sacked Buckingham.

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  • Bill McMahon
  • 10-04-22

FarToo Many Highs Mr. Fleetwood!

An interesting autobiography of Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood. The author has experienced every aspect of being a full time musician under the spotlight as well as being very honest. I wouldn't like the up and coming young musicians reading this autobiography to think they have to accept all types of drugs and alcohols is what they have to face to be popular in the music business. It's not all stacks of money and drugs although thinking about music can be a dark business.. But as Mr Fleetwood has written, all the afore mentioned can get you a pass to lose everything your cash, your family, your musical instruments and all , where you have to claim bankruptcy. Yes you have a great passion for music, yes your family supports you until your business goes and hits a brick wall Therefore to the young hard working musicians of this world stay on the right side of the border because the border are extremely thin lines in the music business.. Yes you can learn lots from Mick Fleetwood's experiences and learn the wrong things. 'm being a 70 year old and played music for some 50 or so years ( not up to Mick Fleetwood's rank still love my music, even though I've had some failures, some people I've met and worked with in music have fallen by the wayside.. Please be very careful

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  • Galaxian
  • 08-10-22

Never a dull moment!

Honest, fascinating & interesting insight into one of the biggest bands which are still together since the 1960’s era. Fleetwood’s stories about his life & the band too certainly make it clear that he’s always danced to his own drum! In many ways he typifies the entitled rock star. Drugs sex & rock & roll - it’s all there. (It’s amazing he can still breathe through his nose & is still alive!) After reading it & learning about the way he treated women - not in a violent sense but emotionally I’ve sadly lost respect for him. The book is exceptionally well read as an audio book.

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  • JJ
  • 06-04-22

Play on

Amazing honest and heartfelt account of mick fleetwoods life and journey as a musician, band mate, partner husband and friend. From the beginning it draws you into a world of passion for music and all that comes with being successful. The good the bad and the ugly. Luvd this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-20

Rock Royalty

Great read.
The Peter Green era was such an eye opener.
It’s amazing how this guy kept it all together throughout both incarnations of the band.
Micks had some sort of life.
I had laugh after a while when the narrator kept saying the word “room”.
The Play On Sir✌🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-19

fantastic, all that i,ve wanted to know.

as above. everything i have ever wanted to know regarding Fleetwood Mac and company, thankyou.