Lindsey Buckingham

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Law and Order (1981) was Lindsey Buckingham's first solo album

Lindsey Buckingham (born October 3, 1949 in Palo Alto, California) is a guitarist and singer from the musical group Fleetwood Mac. His partner for a while was Stevie Nicks. Buckingham also has done some independent recording since he first became a member of Fleetwood Mac.


Guitar Style

Buckingham never took guitar lessons and does not read music. Lindsey began playing guitar at a very young age. Buckingham is known for his unique finger picking style, sometimes called "travis picking" a common technique used in folk music. With extra time on his hands when he was stricken with a case of mono, he mastered his guitar techniques even further.

Buckingham Nicks

It took a year for Buckingham and Nicks to record seven demos in 1972. After recording the demos made on a 4-track analog recording system, Buckingham and Nicks drove to Los Angeles to get a record deal. In 1973, Polydor records signed Nicks and Buckingham. The album, Buckingham Nicks was released in September of 1973; soon after its release, Polydor Records dropped Nicks and Buckingham. Buckingham Nicks was never officially released on CD format due to the fact that it has no record company. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham have "split" ownership of the album. The only song that has been released on digital format is "Long Distance Winner" found on Stevie Nick's CD released in 1998. Lindsey Buckingham has released 3 solo albums: Law and Order(1981),Go Insane(1984), and Out of the Cradle (1992).

Joining Fleetwood Mac

While checking out a recording studio in California, Mick Fleetwood heard the song "Frozen Love" from the Buckingham Nicks album. He asked who the guitarist was, and immediately stated that he wanted him to fill a recent vacancy. After the resounding commercial success of the group's second album, Rumours, Lindsey was bent on not falling into the same pattern. The result was Tusk, a two album set that Buckingham primarily directed. Though by most standards a hit, the album failed to come anywhere close to what Rumours had done, and Buckingham, who also produced the albums, took the brunt of the criticism. Lindsey never fully got over his animosty towards the band for putting a commercial price tag on their art, and it finally came to a head with the release of their 1987 recording, Tango in the Night. Buckingham had already given up much of the material for his third album, "Out of the Cradle." Just prior to touring for the release of the album, Buckingham left against the others' pleas.

Rejoining Fleetwood Mac

While assembling material for his yet to be released fourth solo album in the late 90's, Buckingham contacted Fleetwood for assistance on a song. Eventually all of the other members who were in the band during Buckingham's tenure got together and arranged for the reunion tour that was called, The Dance. After co-writing a song for famed producer Brian Larsen's "ClockWork" album, Larsen and Buckingham began collaborating together on new material for a yet-unfinished album entitled "The Gift of Screws." Buckingham is currently married and has three children. His brother was an olympic medalist, and Lindsey played for a collegiate water polo team.

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