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Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  675 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
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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Oct 09, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2009 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 26, 2011 Asm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2015 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Howe's STEVIE NICKS: Visions, Dreams and Rumors - - and decided I needed to read this to get Harris' side of the story, and what a tale it is! She chronicles her love affair with Lindsey Buckingham--complete with stories of abuse--and dishes dirt on the rest of the band members and their inner circle. This is one of the books that you can't tear yourself away from but all the while you are going "Hmmmmm... interesting, but did that really happen?"
I'm having a really bad case of book hangover. I finished this book and just stared at the back cover trying to figure out why this book was so god damn interesting and hard to put down. The hangover is horrible, gonna take an advil and go to bed.

Now for a real review... Loved this. Great insiders peek into the rock star life. Other famous musicians showed up as well which was cool.

And lastly on much more serious note I have to say that this was a really eye opening account of domestic
Siduri Moonshine
Jan 06, 2013 Siduri Moonshine rated it really liked it
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
Jeanine Collins-fleet
I enjoyed reading this book I'm a fleet wood Mac fan since the Mirage and tango in the night album..Carol does kind of paint herself as innocent at times but I know all to well about abuse and she is dead on about how it happens and not leave and blaming yourself. LB stuck me as a child who wanted to be taken care of..I always felt that he was abusive and that is why Stevie left and why she always had people around her when she was with LB...I also feel that LB continues to love Stevie and may h ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Jacinta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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'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
Jul 23, 2016 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Guess I missed the part about the gun being place to her head, forcing her to participate in the madness known as late 70’s era Fleetwood Mac.

This is the ageless story of girl meets boy and she falls in love despite his shortcomings. Except the here the guy plays guitar in the world’s biggest rock band. Harris easily plays the role of a hanger on and wanna be, putting up with shenanigans and domestic violence in exchange regular communion in the party lifestyle. Fortunately Harris doesn’t transc
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
Oct 26, 2012 Esther rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An true fly on the wall perspective of Fleetwood Mac during their 70s rise to stardom. This is Carol Ann Harris' view of the fame and (mis)fortunes of one of the biggest bands of all time. You'd be forgiven for thinking this is some Sondra Locke tell all. Carol Ann was there and did lay out her life. Only thing I will say is that it's obviously very one sided. Carol Ann constantly talks about her modelling career, and how Lindsay resented her for it, well she let him?
Jul 13, 2011 Claudia rated it liked it
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.
Aug 22, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was so so funny. It was like reading fan fiction with an author self-insert and the self-insert is a total Mary Sue.
My favorite thing was how at the beginning she tries to make Stevie Nicks out as super jealous of her. Yes yes Carol, I'm sure the woman who is so fierce that Beyoncè herself sampled her music is jealous of YOU.
Nissa Anklesaria
May 29, 2011 Nissa Anklesaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Glen Hunting
Contains much narrative swooning and Mills & Boon-esque dialogue (as recalled from life, of course!) but it served its purpose for me.
Nov 22, 2016 Belinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
I have been on a sort of Fleetwood Mac bio journey recently and this book had to figure in. My main interest is Stevie Nicks, but I am a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac as well and they are inextricably linked. Like most Stevie fan girls, I have also been very interested in Lindsey Buckingham and this book is one of the more Lindsey-centric books about Fleetwood Mac that is out there.
The book is written by a long term partner of Lindsey's who clearly had a profound effect on Lindsey and his music. Ca
Angela Pezel
Dec 29, 2016 Angela Pezel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was well written for a celebrity 'tell all', and I understood the author. I empathized with her situation to a degree.

I'm not condoning domestic violence at all and by her admission she was the victim of several choking incidents by her partner. This element was played up in the reviews of the book i had read beforehand. Artists are hard to live with, be with, be around. The relationship between the two encompassed much more, and not to trivialize the violence I thi
Oct 12, 2016 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WwwwwwwwwwwwwwwOW was Lindsey an absolute POS abusive nutbag. Artistic genius types, don't ever meet them. Or get involved with them.
Hayley (insta.bookphotograpghy)
Loved it. Such insight into the Fleetwood Mac world and Lindsey Buckingham. It is written from one point of view but I felt no overwhelming biased from this approach. All I have left to say is WOW!
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
Aug 29, 2014 Avery rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
f you are a hardcore fan (like I am) you're going to know this book is mostly fictitious. Every word, every sentence, is carefully crafted in order to spin the false idea that Lindsey was so in love with her. I don't know if that's artistic license for setting up the drama of the supposed abuse or not. Lindsey has said himself he was never even over his relationship with Stevie Nicks, especially in the late 70's/early 80's. He even summed up his whole relationship with Carol Ann by saying the sp ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2013 Orchid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 08, 2009 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Atkinson
Jan 15, 2009 Paul Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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