Fuck it . . . Peter Green didn’t want his £30,000 a year. The money was royalties from his work with his old blues band, Fleetwood Mac. He’d quit the band in 1970, saying he wanted to live a Christian life. He gave his money away and eventually took various menial jobs, including one as a gravedigger. But now, as more and more people acquaint themselves with Fleetwood Mac and dig back to old reissues, this money keeps arriving. He tries to get rid of it, but it’s all just such a bother. “I want to lead a new life,” he would say. “I don’t want to be followed around by the past.” When Green could tolerate it no longer, he paid his accountant a visit, brandishing a pump-action .22 shotgun. He wanted the money stopped. Soon Green was standing in Marlebone Court in London, listening calmly as the judge read his verdict. Peter Green, blues-guitar-star-turned-ascetic, was ordered committed to a mental institution. After ten years and a particularly lean time just before the group’s 1975 smash, Fleetwood Mac, broke loose, everybody loves this quiet little British-American band that could. Fleetwood Mac’s music has evolved into a sophisticated pop and… Read full this story
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