1-9-08 Peter Green
I recently found an “authorized biography” book of Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green. Having been an original Fleetwood Mac fan, as well as a fan of his initial solo work “End Of The Game” – this book was of interest to me. I have read a number of ‘blues rock’ biographies over the last few years – books about John Mayall, Eric Clapton etc. For music that was once so popular, it has taken a while to get some decent literature into the hands of fans.
If you are not already familiar with Peter Green’s works with Fleetwood Mac – you should be. “Oh Well”, “Green Manilishi” etc. are well worth your time – sitting comfortably with the works of Cream, Jimi Hendrix etc. I can’t recommend the Fleetwood Mac album “Then Play On” highly enough.
I bought Green’s solo debut, “End Of The Game” when it came out – as an expensive British import LP. I absolutely loved the cover, the snarling tiger / leopard / big cat. The record was not what I expected – a lot of high powered jamming – no ‘songs’ per se, but some very forceful stuff – if a tad meandering. I think I like it better now than I did then; I bought the world’s first CD issue of it, from
As a youngster, I regularly read NME and Melody Maker – and I followed the trials and tribulations of Mr. Green – the British press painted a picture of a conflicted rock star – doused in drugs and ‘hippie thinking’, a guy trying to un-do his fame, giving away all of his money to charity etc. Stuff that was difficult for a young mind to comprehend.
The book clears this up – and if you are able to put your mind back to the 70’s – it makes a bit more sense. He was disillusioned with the “music business machine”, he didn’t want to be a rock star – he just wanted to play his guitar and give away all of his “excess cash”. Institutionalized, Green did very little on record for the rest of the decade; by the time of his ’79 – ’81 albums, I had moved on – similarly, I was, by then, no longer interested in the works of Eric Clapton (at least until his style changed a bit).
It’s interesting to me that a style of music such as “white-boy-blues” from
I was told by Cream lyricist Pete Brown that Mr. Green “had it together” again. I have yet to hear any of Green’s recent “Splinter Group” recordings – but I am sure it’s interesting. As far as I know, he has yet to play live anywhere near me.
So, long live British “white-boy-blues”, flashy guitarists, re-unions, “classic rock”, concert ticket prices, guitar legends, Peter Green, and all of our silly love of musical genres!