Lindsey Buckingham

Fleetwood Mac’s pop songsmith and guitar hero Lindsey Buckingham is live in the Sound Opinions studio.

Lindsey Buckingham
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Lindsey Buckingham

Jim and Greg have admired Lindsey Buckingham’s solo albums for years, but during a stop on Fleetwood Mac’s recent tour, the guitarist was willing to indulge all of our burning questions about the band. Jim was out of town, so Greg took the reigns on this one and covered everything from his unique guitar style, to the Buckingham/Nicks years to the effects of all that ‘70s drug excess. Lindsey reveals that in today’s music environment, the band would’ve never lasted and credits the label with letting them tweak and reconfigure before hitting it big. He also talks about his ability to compartmentalize his relationship with Stevie Nicks and the work. Rumours is either the mark of insanity or courage! Lindsey also agrees with Greg that Tusk is the stepchild of the band’s catalog, and you can either fault or credit him for that. And on the Stevie front...you’d think their dynamic would’ve flatlined by now, but he admits that although married with children, he’s still writing songs about her!

Jim

Jim celebrates pioneering rock critic Mick Farren with his DIJ pick this week. Farren passed away recently at age 69 in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion: onstage performing with his proto-punk band The Deviants. A star correspondent for Britain’s NME, Farren wasn’t content just writing about music; he also made it himself. The Deviants merged Fugs-style primitivism with the psychedelic weirdness of contemporaries like Hawkwind. Jim plays Garbage. from the band’s 1969 debut, Ptooff!, an album that would go on to inspire later generations of UK punks.

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