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Published: 2016/12/09
by Larson Sutton

Man of the World: The Peter Green Story

For many, Fleetwood Mac is a band fronted by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham whose multi-platinum hits dominated the pop and rock charts of the late 1970s. But what of Fleetwood Mac of the late 1960s that outsold The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined? That group, even to many fans of the latter-day lineup, sadly has always been far less known. Man of the World: The Peter Green Story is out to rectify that overlooked place in the shadow of history, as well as shed light on the mystery of its founder guiding its rise only to disappear before the shift to superstardom. Ostensibly, the story of Green is the story of Fleetwood Mac. Little of Green’s early biography is focused on, briefly detailing his replacing Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. It’s the Mac years, with much of the insight and inside scoop provided by drummer Mick Fleetwood, that dominate the two hours, depicting the group’s incidental relationships as informing Green’s personal decisions as much as his creative ones directed it musically. The trio of key songs- “Black Magic Woman,” “Albatross,” and “Oh Well”- are noted linchpins to record-selling success, eerily prescient in their titles, but fateful incidents at concerts shared with the Grateful Dead, introducing Green and the band to LSD, generate some powerful consequences for its development, and ultimately, demise, as well. Green’s subsequent mental health hospitalization and somewhat apparent stability are told of rather simply and quickly in the film’s final act, ending on a note of optimism, with the guitarist seemingly coherent and performing once again. Yet, it is a more of a bright bow wrapped around a rather dark box, with what’s inside both Green’s gift and misfortune.

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