Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac
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Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac

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A consummate insider as the girlfriend of Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist, Carol Ann Harris leads fans into the very heart of the band’s storms between 1976 and 1984. From interactions between the band and other stars—Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, and Dennis Wilson—to the chaotic animosity between band members, this memoir combines the sensational accou...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Chicago Review Press (first published July 1st 2007)
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Erin
This is one of the most horribly wonderful books I've ever read. It was poorly written and meandering
and sometimes just didn't make sense, but it was also juicy, shocking, unintentionally hilarious, and filled with guilty pleasures.

The first thing to note is that, even if only half of this is true, Lindsey B. was a grade-A butthole. Carol Ann deserved whatever riches were coming to her for putting up with him and the rest of the band for over five years. Carol Ann certainly had lingering jealou...more
Nina
Carol Ann Harris' account of her years with Lindsey Buckingham and the Fleetwood Mac family will resonate with anyone who has ever been a band chick. She writes of being shy and uncertain as to her place in the band family, as well as her early recognition that the band and the music would always come first. Having a relationship with Buckingham was a package deal;she would automatically have a relationship with his band as well.

Harris explores her frustration over her desire to care for and pro...more
Asm
This is definitely an interesting read for anyone who's a big fan of Fleetwood Mac, especially during the periods of "Rumours" and "Tusk", but it's hard to take everything that Carol Ann says at face value. If we are to believe her entire account, Lindsey was the one with all of the problems, while Carol Ann maintained the roll of martyr throughout their entire relationship.

While I'm sure that a lot of this book was based on her perception of the truth, I find it difficult to believe that all o...more
Morgana Phenix
Carol Harris has weathered the, "storms" of the inner circle of Fleetwood Mac! Living in a world of drug abuse and other abuses that caused tears to fall in a torrential downpour at the drop of a hat. Carol lived in fear of when the next storm would blow in causing Lindsey's terrifying temper to blow up into a full scale category five force hurricane that resulted in wave after pounding wave of rage. Stevie sang, "Thunder only happens when it's raining!" Or does it? Seems where Lindsey is concer...more
James
Written by Lindsey Buckingham's ex-girlfriend "Storms" is pretty much about what you would expect. Author Harris began dating Buckingham and was indoctrinated into the Fleetwood Mac "family" just as their mega-selling album Rumours was becoming the biggest selling record all time. The narrative shows how the pretty young Midwestern girl had her eyes opened by the endless partying and incestuous relationships within the group and of course how it all came crashing down. Many have argued whether H...more
Jacinta
I just finished reading this book and tend to agree with other reader's comments that there are many inconsistencies in this story that leave the reader wondering how much is true and how much is fantasy...it's also difficult to believe certain incidents took place the way they are described by Carol Ann when all the info I can find on the breakup between Lindsey and her describe it very differently. That is, that Carol Ann was evicted from their Bel Air house for her drug addiction problems by...more
Jenn
The stories involving the band, Stevie Nicks (+her friends), other rockstars of that time and a look inside some of the actual recording are great.

HOWEVER, (and this is a big however) --
Carol Anne seems sadly disillusioned at times regarding her "place" among the band--& her perception of actually contributing to what was happening. Also, her flip/flop attitude when referring to Stevie is almost laughable. One minute she's insinuating that she's a horrid, drugged out witch. And the next--sh...more
Esther
So Fleetwood Mac were a guilty pleasure in my younger, trying to be cool days. They are still a pleasure in my older don't care days.

I was wondering if there was a history of the band type book, something salacious that gives the inside view of all the drama/drugs/inter band affairs and came across this book written by Lindsey Buckinghams girlfriend of the time. So its all that, gossip and scandal but sad as well. She's a pretty young girl, he's a controlling abusive dick and beats her up a few...more
Curt Basner
First off, I feel compelled to say that there were many passages in this book that were very well written, to the point where I found it difficult to believe that this lady, not a trained or experienced writer, could put such down on paper (or in electrons). There was some very nicely phrased writing, here and there.

With that compliment out of the way, this book was agonizing to read, and I am embarrassed to say that I completed it. Similar to the 'Making of Rumours' book by engineer Ken Caillat...more
Kevin Frost
Kind of sorry I read it. Loved the music, now I kind of hate the band or at least Lindsey. I believe the abuse, not sure I believe she is that blameless. She at least admits to creating the appearance of unfaithfulness, which doesn't mix with tons of coke very well. Also she paints Lindsey as more than a bit of a sadist towards Stevie and Lindsey as the genius behind the band. But other band members went on to some decent solo albums, Lindsey's solo work sucks, but maybe his best went to the ban...more
Claudia
What I found the most odd about this book is how throughout the story, the author (Carol Ann) seems to be more of a Stevie Nicks fan than she ever was a Lindsey Buckingham fan :) There is really nothing new in this story that your typical fan of Fleetwood Mac doesn't already know, except for the extent of Lindsey Buckingham's temper and how sick he became while on the road.
Nissa Anklesaria
Pedantic writing but the glimpse into the lives of Fleetwood Mac post-Rumours album is AWESOME. I'm sure its not 100% true but there's enough truth to make it a good and dirty read. But if you want rock bio, just read The Dirt. Now that is a rock book.
April
I adored this book! I couldn't put it down. Sex, drugs, rock and roll and most of all a beautiful love story. Highly recommend it as a great summer read!
Moodthy
Fascinating stories of jamming and doing coke in Eric Clapton's "Palace" while he was with Pattie Boyd, partying with Dennis Wilson and of course, touring with Fleetwood Mac, but while reading it I found myself trying to get outside "her version" of the story and wondered how events "really" happened. The part where she is incredulous that Stevie Nicks related Carol Anne nearly losing Lyndsey during a seizure to an incident where Nicks nearly lost her beloved dog to heat stroke just showed that...more
Angela
Beware: This story will suck in any fan of Fleetwood Mac, and you'll want to believe every word. I devoured it piecemeal. As some other reviews at Amazon pointed out, Harris' account highlights (or maybe that should be "lowlights") Buckingham's horrible ill nature, but leaves out any of her own imperfections--unless you count her desire to excuse Buckingham's abuse as an imperfection. I don't doubt that Buckingham is messed up; musical geniuses usually are. What I don't get is how Stevie Nicks'...more
Victoria
My top read of 2007!

As anyone who knows me will attest, I'm a sucker for a tell-all rock autobiography and this is certainly one of the best.

No one in the Fleetwood Mac inner circle has ever written their memoirs, so this book provides a highly anticipated and fascinating insight into the decadent world of 70's rock.

Harris's style is unapolgetically dramatic and wildly romantic - it's all chiffon and velvet, candles and cocaine. It could irritate many readers, but not me. Her tone perfectly ma...more
Shanlie
Remember a time...that time in your life when you were at the youthful beginning, free, in love and everything was fresh and exciting? Author Carol Ann Harris captures that very time in her life when she and a boy fell madly in love....the boy is in a band, a (soon-to-be) very big band! Their ride is a fantastic journey-one where throughout the madness they cling together in a passionate and happy bubble. What a fun magical time it must have been to be a part of...and this story tells it. Full o...more
Angela
This was a crazy book. It's the first of a few Fleetwood Mac biographies that I'm jumping into (I just saw them live for the first time this past month, so my love of and interest in the band is reinvigorated). It's hard for me to tell how true all the things Carol Ann describes in the book are without having breezed through the other stories first, but there is something suspiciously slanted in the manner in which she describes the goings-on in FM and her role in them. I just don't just a lady...more
Brandi
Seemed to me that Carol Ann may have made herself out to be a little more important than she actually was...maybe I'm wrong but I found this book to be very interesting.I found her descriptions of the bands partying ways extremely sad but not surprising. I also wasn't surprised to read about the turmoil that surrounded the band when they worked together...You put that many creative, successful, and high egomaniacs in one room there's bound to be a good share of fights.

.Although I am too young t...more
Kelly
I would say 4 1/2 stars. I read it in 2 days. I love how the book got right to the story, as adults, without the usual "growing up" background. Her writing was good, although a little repetitive & dramatic. It was just so interesting & fun to read. I loved it. Did not like how in the end she said that spending 8 years with a rock star was the hardest thing she's ever done in her life ... she gave away her baby when she was 5 months old! I think being with a rock star is a lot more fun, w...more
Paul Atkinson
I've grown up and old with Fleetwood Mac, from the vintage years through to present day, and seen hundreds of interviews and biopics on, by, and of the band which hinted at what went on behind the scenes, this book definately puts meat on the bones of the story.
the writing style is a bit girly and obviously needs to be interpreted as a biased view on events but is no holds barred, personal details are not spared and neither are reputations. I bought it midwek and finished it a week later during...more
Anna
Well, I won't say it wasn't interesting...unfortunately it was also gushy, frustrating, overly dramatic and repetitive. Kind of cool to get a glimpse into the 'real' story behind Fleetwood Mac at the height of their fame in the '70s, but oh so biased, and hard to buy into Carol Ann's perception of herself as completely angelic and without blame. Still, she wrote about the abuse that she suffered convincingly, and it was really interesting to see how, as a victim of such abuse, she managed to jus...more
Jenny Edwards
This book is sad, but true. All judgements aside, it's written well and gives a good glimpse into the life of fleetwood Mac.
Christina Caglar
The book was entertaining, however, the dialogue is extremely stilted and hard to believe. She says that it was all reconstructed from notes and diaries that she kept, but people don't actually talk the way they do in the book, soooo... Also, she seems very overly dramatic and emotional - not in how she describes the abuse she says that she suffered, but just in her retelling of the course of more "normal" (if you can use that word to describe the lifestyle of the bad) events. An interesting rea...more
Jack
I can't say that I believed everything I read, but it was a really good read. Couldn't put it down.
Paige Williams
I blew through this book in a matter of days- had a hard time putting it down. But that is probably because I am a long-time Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks fan and this is one of the first true behind-the-scenes accounts of the debauchery going on, and a look into the personalities in the band. I have to admit I found myself not believing everything Carol Anne conveyed in her stories-it's not possible to remember in such detail word-for-word conversations. But I do believe the gist is there, and it'...more
Karen
Awesome Book. Couldn't put it down.
Renee Stephenson
I'm a big fan of Fleetwood Mac, and the book was interesting to say the least. The author, Carol Ann Harris was Buckingham's girlfriend for 7-8yrs back in the late 70's early 80's. Poorly written account of life with Lindsay, and touring with band. From the daily use of cocaine and alcohol that Ms. Harris consumed, I can't believe that she could remember any of the drug fueled fights, much less conversations that she writes that took place.
Kelly Deriemaeker
Erg entertainend. Zot verhaal, dat van Fleetwood Mac, jongen.
Lynda
Here we are able to get an inside look from Lindsey's ex-g/f, Carol Harris about life with him and Fleetwood Mac. There's drugs, fame, insanity and rollercoster love...just the recipe of mayhem so many rock n rollers are familiar with. It's not a pretty picture but it does prove to be a good read. I had no idea that Lindsey wrote a song about Carol after their breakup..definitely not mainstream pop material.
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“Jeremy Spencer, always religious to an obsessive degree, had disappeared hours before a show while on tour with Fleetwood Mac in the U.S. According to band lore, it had happened right here in Los Angeles in 1971. He walked out of the band’s hotel room announcing, “Just going out to a bookstore”, and never returned. Somewhere on Hollywood Boulevard he climbed into a van belonging to members of a religious group who called themselves the Children of God. After a long, frantic search involving the police and close friends, Jeremy was finally tracked down to a ramshackle house that was the headquarters of the Children of God. He’d become a full-fledged member of a religious group that some would label a cult. And there he stayed. He refused to come back to either Fleetwood Mac or his wife and children, choosing instead to join a group of religious fanatics and leave all that he had ever known behind. And now he was standing in” 0 likes
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