Event with Legendary Music Producer Ken Caillat
Laguna Beach Books is pleased to welcome Ken Caillat, author of Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album. The event will be held at Laguna Beach Books, which is located at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. in the Old Pottery Place building between Brooks and Cress.
Rumours generated four top-ten singles, topped the Billboard album charts for thirty-one weeks, and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1977. It went on to become the fifth bestselling album to date -- forty million copies and counting -- and Rolling Stone's twenty-fifth greatest album of all time. And it turned a band that had struggled to make a name for itself for nearly two decades into a household name. In Making Rumours, the album's co-producer Ken Caillat tells the wild, poignant, and exhilarating story behind the album's creation. Its potent combination of rock-star melodrama, technical insights, and compelling portraits of five brilliant but troubled young artists at their creative peak will forever change the way you hear the album.
Trouble was brewing well before sessions began at the Record Plant in Sausalito in January 1976. John and Christine McVie were getting divorced. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had joined the band as a couple more than a year earlier, but now they were in a constant state of war. And, unknown to anyone but Caillat's co-producer, Richard Dashut, drummer Mick Fleetwood had just learned that his wife was divorcing him and taking up with his best friend.
From the first session, which featured the rudiments of "The Chain" and John McVie improvising the critical bass part that ties it all together, to the final sessions that tempered and polished the songs' vocals, Caillat reveals how these conflicts, fueled by drugs, alcohol, and the pressure of making the album, tore the band apart. But making the music pulled them back together.
Packed with scores of never-before-published photos from Caillat's personal collection, Making Rumours is a must-read for Fleetwood Mac fans, rock history buffs, and anyone who loves a behind-the-scenes account of great musicians at work and play.
About Ken Caillat:
Ken Caillat coproduced Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 album Rumours, for which he won the Grammy for Album of the Year. He also produced the group's Tusk, Mirage, and Live albums, as well as their box set, The Chain. He has worked on albums with everyone from George Carlin, engineering his epochal Class Clown, to Paul McCartney, to Herbie Hancock with the London Symphony Orchestra. He is the father of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, and he produced her number-one album, Breakthrough.
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