Play On

Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography
Narrated by: Martin Dew, Mick Fleetwood
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (316 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mick Fleetwood, the drummer and cofounder of the mega-selling band Fleetwood Mac, tells all.

In this candid, intimate portrait of a life lived in music, Mick Fleetwood sheds new light on well-known points in his history, including many incredible moments of recording and touring with Fleetwood Mac, as well as personal insights from a man who has been a major player in blues and rock n' roll since his teens.

The group Fleetwood Mac has sold over 140 million records worldwide, and they continue to attract a huge following, selling out their biggest arena tour ever in 2013, decades after their debut. Finally, the group's admirers will have a unique portrait of what made Mick and the rest of the group tick in the midst of their massive success and personal trials.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Mick Fleetwood and Anthony Bozza (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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"The endlessly regenerative California-rock legend." ( Rolling Stone)

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More than Just Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll

For even the casual fan of Fleetwood Mac, this is a great read. Mick's highly improbable life reads a little bit like a fairy tale that came true. The story of the beginning through the Peter Green era is very interesting and provides those of us who became familiar with the band only during the Buckingham Nicks era with a more complete picture.

The book confirms, more or less, much that has been written and suspected of the excesses during the Rumours era. From the free-flowing drugs (how did they not get busted?) to Stevie's demand that her hotel suite be painted pink with a piano, almost anything went and it was all over the top. It really is a bit of a miracle that the entire band has survived, when, as Mick notes, many of their contemporaries did not.

What the book particularly provides is an opportunity for Mick to reflect on his life, warts and all. For the guy who was supposed to be "Big Daddy" with all the answers, Mick is still looking for answers in his own life at 67. Fortunately, he seems to be closer to finding them and largely at peace. He is clearly elated that the entire band, including Christine McVie, is back together.

Mick calls the band's current tour their "victory lap." Given the age of the members, that is probably an apt description. It is truly difficult to believe that the band's original reunion, with The Dance album, happened 17 years ago in 1997. It's equally difficult to believe they are still going, and, by most accounts, sounding great. But they won't be doing this 17 years from now. If the band is coming to your area, this might be the last chance to see them.

Regardless, they have left an incredible catalogue of music that remains popular today. That is not only a tribute to their music, but an indictment of the current music scene. Mick promises another album with new material will be forthcoming. It may be the band's curtain call, but it will probably be a good one.

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For the true Fleetwood Mac fan

Where does Play On rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I bought this as I have always been a fan of Mick Fleetwood for many years. I wouldn't have bought this if this was just another Fleetwood Mac book of rumors, I wanted firsthand from the man himself. Wonderful book, story, inside view out of the band and the life inside the band.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mick Fleetwood, of course. Appreciated the candid review of his musical partners, especially John McVie.

What does Martin Dew and Mick Fleetwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

With Mick Fleetwood on partial narration, and Martin Dew narrating, this did not feel like a book being read to me, but an actual face-to-face conversation of Mick's view of life inside the band. I was quite entertained by both the writing, first hand, and the narration that came across the same.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am a bigger fan of Mick Fleetwood now. Have always liked the band, but the Buckingham/Nicks years. After listening to this, I was encouraged to reach back to Peter Green years and give the band a hard listen to, and found this to be a most excellent band with Fleetwood/McVie at the helm.

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This digital download had a nice surprise, a PDF attachment of personal pictures provided by Mick Fleetwood. Highly recommend downloading, worth a look to the fans that have followed through the years. I would have liked to have listened to Mick narrate the whole of the story firsthand, but such was otherwise impressed with Martin's narration.

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Very Satisfying

Well crafted memoir filled with plenty of great anecdotes that while giving a fully rendered history of Fleetwood Mac (with insights into all the members of the band from Peter Green to Stevie Nicks) also paints great pictures of the British blues rock scene of swinging 60s London and SoCal's Laurel Canyon in the 70s from a unique insider perspective.

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One of the best Rock N Roll Biographies out there

This is a very well written account of Mick Fleetwood's musical and life journey. I have read them all and this is written in a way where he really takes the reader along for the ride. You can feel what he's feeling and experiencing.

There is a whole lifetime of experience before Mick and John even met up with Christie, Lindsey and Stevie. Just amazing. I had no idea. It inspired me to purchase some Peter Green Fleetwood Mac albums and I discovered a Fleetwood Mac I never knew.

I highly recommend this to any fan of Rock N Roll.

The voice of the narrator is excellent. Well read!

This was excellent. Thank you Mr. Fleetwood.

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Meh - I expected more

If you like hearing a lot about the main character chasing women and always wanting to get the band back together then this is the audio book for you. Very little detail outside of the main character's review of the band history. I'd give it a pass.

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Primarily a confessional

Very little creative insight. The book is essentially a collection of guilty feelings and public apologies.

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This band was before my time and I was not a fan. Never bought one of their albums or saw one of their concerts (again - before my time). I did Google the music and had some recall about hearing a few of the songs on the radio. "Landslide" and "Go Your Own Way". I did remember that I liked hearing the songs although I could not recall where I had heard them. It wasn't "feel good" music. It was "evoke bad memories" music. And I guess a lot of people can relate to having bad memories and losses. So those became popular. But not why I listen to music. I bought this book because I like memoirs. Going through the book I became more aware of what the writer was not saying, instead of what he was saying. At the end of the book, I did become a fan of Lindsey Buckingham. It seemed he was the only one that weathered the adventure and did not resort to treason - betrayal after trust. Everyone else folded in one direction or another. Although Mick Fleetwood knew how to recruit, manage, groom, console, and package people very well, I have to believe Buckingham was in favor with the Gods and was an underestimated "lucky charm". For all of them. The writer did bring attention to the monumental hard work involved with being a touring musician. I have seen that first hand. And the hidden expenses people pay to be admired and liked. Admiration is a powerful force. Many people crumble under it and shapeshift. This is more or less an account of people doing just that and trying to survive good fortune.

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this book was somewhere between Peter Rabbit and The Young and the Restless. there was some good insight to the early Fleetwood Mac and the generation of Fleetwood Mac when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join the band. Aside from that, the reading was very monotonous and Mick fleetwood's charm soon ran then after all his stories about Jenny leaving Jenny coming back to Jenny leaving etc. This is just my opinion I'm sure others will find the story amazing.

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An awesome book to read/listen to.<br />

I absolutely enjoyed listening to this fantastic book. And having Mick Fleetwood reading his own written words was an absolute delight for me. Since I have been a long time huge fan of Fleetwood Mac ever since they 1st started. I definitely would/will recommend this beautifully written book to everyone who are fans of this amazing group.

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Great Story, Boring narration.

I loved the book itself, as I had read the hard copy but this narrator made it hard to listen to. Almost a monotone voice.