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Making Rumours Inside the making of one of the biggest selling albums of all time Fleetwood Mac's RumoursFleetwood Mac's classic 1977 Rumours album topped the Billboard 200 for thirty one weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy More recently Rolling Stone named it the twenty fifth greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours introducing it to a new generation Now for the first time Ken Caillat the album's co producer tells the full story of what really went into making Rumours from the endless partying and relationship dramas to the creative struggles to write and record You Make Loving Fun Don't Stop Go Your Own Way The Chain and other timeless tracksTells the fascinating behind the music story of the making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours written by the producer who saw it all happen Filled with new and surprising details such as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's screaming match while recording You Make Loving Fun how the band coped with the pressures of increasing success how the master tape nearly disintegrated and the incredible attention paid to even the tiniest elements of songs from Lindsey playing a chair to Mick breaking glass Includes eighty black and white photographs

  • Hardcover
  • 362 pages
  • Making Rumours
  • Ken Caillat
  • English
  • 10 September 2015
  • 9781118218082

10 thoughts on “Making Rumours

  1. Belinda Belinda says:

    Sigh That's my first thought I have gone through several stages of thought while reading this book and I really had to take a breath before writing this review First just to be honest the technical aspect of the book is uite interesting obviously the author has talent as an engineer Having said that Mama's got to go off What a balloon headed creep Honestly He can't decide if he wants to take credit for the success of an album that he had no hand in writing or performing or being falsely modest as if he wants the reader to think he deserves so much credit I'd say the Grammy he won and the kind decision of the band to give him a producer credit is probably credit enough I started out liking Ken and the book He loves his doggy famously used on the cover of Tusk biting his shoe and he seems nice enough at the beginning Then the creep factor comes into play constant little passive aggressive digs at Stevie Nicks of all people A lot of sexism he and the boys are just so happy when the girls are not in the studio so they can spread Playboys around and do boy things??? Stevie is not as important or interesting because she does not play an instrument to hitting on and sleeping with multiple women at the same time it's the seventies It's like he wants to tell everyone about the coke and the sex and the violence but not take any of the blame for anything though he participates in and even supplies the band with coke through a friend He hits on every attractive female he meets and yet acts like he's a poor little puppy just looking for a nice girl His digs at the women include him mentioning that his cute but ordinary looking girlfriend was not warmly received by Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie because she's a looker and maybe they are jealous oh yes I am sure these amazingly talented women are jealous of your hanger on girlfriend It never stops The worst part is that he does not even own it he writes like heeeyyy I'm a nice guyyeah nice guys don't normally get crabs in their beard his story not mine There is constant emphasis on all the ways he saved this brilliant album I am sure his engineering and recording skills were good Fleetwood hired him to do albums with him that was not good enough he bitches because he was not called back in to work on their reunion work and then passes his bitterness off as he was just bummed for his friend and co producer because he needed the work In one breath he praises the band and in the other he damns them it's so distracting and obnoxious The final straw is when he says that Stevie Nicks was pissed off that his dog was on the cover of Tusk when it should have been her and that she put a hex on his dog and the dog died 4 years later it was a slow hex I guess and she told him she was glad REALLY???? I would say skip this book and read Mick Fleetwood's book or even better just listen to the amazing album and remember how many times these songs have been performed live with great beauty and completely without his so called in put Blech

  2. Hannah Hannah says:

    4 atars for the interesting bits about Fleetwood Mac and one of the greatest albums of all time IMO1 star for Ken Caillat's overexposure of himself I found him uite full of himself in this narrative Hey Ken I don't care who you slept with or how beautiful they were 'kay?

  3. Stephen Power Stephen Power says:

    I have to state up front that I edited this book which of course totally biases my opinion Plus when I'm editing I'm not reading for enjoyment so much as reading for construction just as it's tough to appreciate the aesthetics of a good stone wall when you're building it So let me say what I love best about the book the technical details of recording I was especially interested in why there are various edits of a song and how a song is actually put together I was of a mind that it was better to risk going too far in this regard than not going far enough For instance at one point Ken briefly mentions the certain sound a particular piece of euipment gives and I bet 99 readers out of a 100 won't have any idea what that means besides it sounding cool but that 1 person he's going to go Oooohhh BTW a note about the cover We were fortunate to be able to use an alternate shot from the session that resulted in the actual cover And just like the image on the album cover we had to reverse ours

  4. Kelly Kelly says:

    Ken's insider perspective on the making of the greatest rock album of all time is both engrossing and stunning beautiful and dangerous Ken's honesty and genius are clear and Making Rumours provides a fascinating insider's view on the world that was Mick John Chris Lindsey and of course Stevie Nicks during the making of one of the most tumultuous albums of all timeThe love the lies the fights and the heartbreak Ken lays it all bare for the reader and even the most well versed Fleetwood Mac fan will find the stories Ken shares to be refreshing and enthralling The reader feels as if they have been transported back to 1976 and are sitting behind the console watching John McVie lay down legendary beats and Stevie Nicks ripping her vocal chords to shreds hammering out the lyrics to Gold Dust Woman and The ChainFor the music aficionado Ken provides an incredible background on the way he works and the true genius that has made him one of the greatest producers of all timeKen has a style all his own whether he is behind the console or the typewriter dealing with rock legends or publishers his pure talent shines through Just as he has captured our minds for the past 30 years with his music artistry on Rumours and Tusk Ken will capture your soul with the legend and the masterpiece that is the Making of Rumours

  5. Teri Teri says:

    The history of the making of Rumours is interesting and exciting but Ken Caillat seems to be interested in making himself and to a lesser extent his daughter Cobie the star While I understand how difficult the members of the band most likely were Caillat writes as though he were the genius and talent behind Rumours Worth the read but take it with a grain of salt

  6. Tobin Elliott Tobin Elliott says:

    A lot of the reviews rip this book for the writing I guess I've read enough true crap that the writing here didn't bother me for the most part When I can slog through something like Against All Things Ending or Stephen King shot John Lennon books of similar pain this one comes out smelling like rosesIs it stunning in its word and language choice? Hell no It's a recording engineer writing about making an album So consider the source then enjoy the rideAnd it's one hell of a fun ride Some say Caillat is too full of himself Yeah okay When you come out of nowhere and help craft one of the greatest albums of all time let's see you stay all humble as you recount the tales He deserves some gloryOverall for me this was a fascinating book that looks into the people that created Rumours Fleetwood Mac's crowning achievement It was a fascinating time in the band's history in American history and obviously in that particular year of Caillat's life Personally I truly didn't mind the side trips into his personal life The book would have been pretty damn dry if it just covered the musicGo get the book Put on Fleetwood Mac's self titled album then Rumours and soak up California in 1976 It's a fun time to be alive

  7. Eric Eric says:

    Two thoughts1 The book is a compelling read It's also badly written full of cliches repetitive and the dialog written decades after the fact rings false So why is it so good? Because the material is great Rumours is a fantastic album I'm not a big Fleetwood Mac fan but many of the songs on Rumours still move me Reading about its creation was a treat Maybe Callait's contribution to the album didn't really matter He's not that great an author but the book is a page turner because of the material So maybe Rumours would have been a great album no matter who the producer was because the songs are so good ?2 Musicians do a lot A LOT of drugs I read lots of book about rock and roll and the sex and drugs are a constant So do the drugs and debauchery add to the creative process? Would Rumours have been even better if the band members weren't fucked up all the time? It's an interesting uestion

  8. Melissa Melissa says:

    Love The author Ken Caillet was the engineer and later co producer of the album Rumours and he goes into detail about the making of the hit record It does go into very high depth of the technicalities of what engineers do and some of it was a bit beyond me But it did get me intrigued often than not to go back listen to each song and find the bits and parts that he described with detail And after reading this book I have a slightly different perspective on the album and it's musical genius besides just loving it because it sounds good He did talk about some of the drama that happened but most of it was relevant enough to the story that it wasn't fully needless gossip or putting everyone in a bad light All in all I give this one a 5

  9. Starr Jernigan Starr Jernigan says:

    I enjoyed this book very much Being a musician myself I found the details of the musicianship and the recording and mixing details interesting This however may not be what the average reader would find engaging The only thing I didn't like so much was the author Ken Caillat comes off a bit arrogant at times A humble approach would have been nice But all this in mind he did help make Rumours the classic it is and all the while dealing with the eclectic and sometimes difficult personalities of the members of the bandEnjoyable and a uick read If you are reading to find out deep details into the personalities or behind the scenes drama of the inter personal relationships of the band you are only going to find a few tidbits here But this is a book to enjoy if you are curious about how the origins of the songs the catalysts of instrumentation and recording ideas and the building and recording of each song from the bare structure to the lush finished gems they became

  10. Justin Justin says:

    I can't give a serious book review because I'm jaded by my love for Fleetwood Mac so I'm automatically giving it five stars simply because I loved finding out all of the insights Ken had about the band behind the scenes Even though some of the technical aspects of the music making process were lengthy Ken tried to break them down to simple terms and was descriptive enough that I understood the basis of what he was trying to convey It was a fairly uick and easy read that delighted me if not only due to the mentions of Stevie Nicks and me trying to absorb as much as I can of her It showcases what a truly phenomenal album Rumours is and how much effort went into it about 3000 hours on Ken's part alone

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