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Making Rumours – A book by Fleetwood Mac’s Producer Ken Caillat

Making Rumours book coverIn 1977 the British-American band Fleetwood Mac released their eleventh and most successful album, ‘Rumours’. This was producer Ken Caillat’s first album recording with the band.

It is well known that at the time the band was going through a phase of relationship breakdowns. In my interview with Ken, I asked him how was it possible for him to work under these circumstances, his response was “It was easy, just kept my head down and kept out of the way”. In the same breath, he also described himself as the ‘traffic cop’ that would redirect the arguing couples to another room, so he could work with those that weren’t arguing at the time.

In late 2012, Ken published his book ‘Making Rumours’ that chronicles these historic days. The book captures emotional moments and outbursts in the studio that both contrast and capture the atmosphere and friction in the relationships at that time. In my conversation with Ken, he acknowledges that this tension truly added to the amazing chemistry of the album.

Ken Caillat is an entrepreneur, engineer, producer, director. The Rumours album he produced with Fleetwood Mac, won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1977. He also produced the group’s following albums Tusk, Mirage and live albums as well as their box set, The Chain. The list of legendary artists he has also worked with include the likes of Paul McCartney and Herbie Hancock. His daughter is also Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, and he produced her number-one album, Breakthrough.

Coming late Feb: Further articles from Music Producers Forum’s audio podcast of the conversation with Ken Caillat.

Click here to follow Ken’s updates on Facebook as he retraces his times and brings back some memories from those days

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About Jomar Reyes

Jomar Lectures in Creative Industries as well as Digital Media in Marketing at the Danish Institute of Studies Abroad. He also runs the Strategic Media Company, a corporate consultancy agency based in Copenhagen.


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