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Making Rumours


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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 the London Symphony Orchestra. He is the father of Grammy-winning singer Colbie Caillat, and he produced her number one album, Breakthrough.

Steven Stiefel has written several books, including contributions to two by LL Cool J. He also works as a magazine writer and editor. His fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review and McSweeney's.


"If you've ever wondered what it's like to cut an album with a legendary band who made one of the most popular rock albums in sales and airplay history, then this is the book for you. It's just an incredible story about how songs like "Dreams" or "You Make Loving Fun" were created, and the talented musicians who made them, with the help of the producers and engineers who put them down on tape and brought them to life."--Tom Johnston, the Doobie Brothers"It's hard to imagine the tensions and freak-outs that go on behind studio doors when a band is making a follow-up to a number one album. But throw in broken relationships between band members and an endless supply of cocaine, and for me as a producer, the next step would be to light the fuse and walk away. Ken Caillat, though, ran the course, and you get to read how he survived (well, almost)."--Dave Stewart, award-winning songwriter/producer and founder of Eurythmics"Engineer Ken Caillat's richly detailed account of the arduous and complicated creation of the classic Fleetwood Mac album reads like a novel. He winds together the personal and creative narratives that were tangled up in the months-long creation of this epic work, while the two couples in the band came apart and personal relations suffused the process. Calliat himself was conducting an affair with the studio manager. It was all sex, drugs, and rock and roll."--Joel Selvin, American Music Critic"Caillat writes in studio speak, his affable prose including the reader rather than excluding, and that's the real pleasure of Making Rumours: sitting next to him for the recording, drama, and next line of cocaine."--The Austin Chronicle"Caillat and co-writer Steve Stiefel maintain a brisk pace throughout Making Rumors... Recalling the highs (in all senses of the word) and many lows of creating a unique piece of pop culture history, Making Rumours is a fascinating--and illuminating--read." --Mix Online
"Ken tells us the story of making this album, in his engaging, candid, and casual way... Not surprising were the accounts of the breakups, arguments, cocaine, pot, and Lindsey Buckingham being difficult... I devoured it faster than anything I've read recently." --Tape Op
"Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album might just be the best rock and roll biography I have ever read... an insightful and thorough read about a pivotal time in rock and roll."--Vintage Rock

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