Massive success was seemingly conjured overnight when Fleetwood Mac glided to centerstage in the 1970s with hits like Landslide and Rhiannon but today’s moment in music history is devoted to an ascendancy rarely so effortless as the enchanting Stevie Nicks made it look. In one of the rock canon’s most impressively laborious climbs, the 1975 release of the band’s second eponymously-titled studio album not only harkens to its first to feature newcomers Lindsey Buckingham and Nicks but also to a full year’s climb before finally peaking at №1 on September 4th, 1976, earning the group its first of three chart-topping albums. The anniversary touches on a winning dynamic that has proven nothing short of spellbinding. More than a half-century since the initial formation of the iconic Fleetwood Mac, and a barrage of innumerable slings and arrows epically endured, we celebrate the time-honored prowess of truly profound artistry.
Photograph courtesy Morrison Hotel Gallery & Steve Joester: Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, 1978
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