Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green Subject of New DVD

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peter-green-dvdMan of the World—The Peter Green Story, a 2009 film that tells the story of the guitarist who co-founded classic rock icons Fleetwood Mac, will be released on DVD by Henry Hadaway Organization via MVD Entertainment Group on November 18.

Green replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, then went on to form Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, originally a blues band. Among the songs he wrote for the band was “Black Magic Woman,” later a huge hit for Santana, as well as “Albatross” and “Oh Well,” two classics of the early Fleetwood Mac repertoire.

Green’s guitar playing has been praised by the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and B.B. King. He turned 70 on October 29, 1946.

According to a press release, the film traces Green’s early success and also explores his drug use and spiral into schizophrenia. The film also examines how the treatment he received (Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT) prolonged his illness and extended absence from the music scene.

Peter Green in 2009 (Photo from his Wikipedia page)

Peter Green in 2009 (Photo from his Wikipedia page)

The story continues with Green’s recovery and his return to the recording studio and live music scene in the mid 1990s. “It portrays an artist who has now come to express his feelings, not just through the guitar music he still loves, but also his art and photography,” states the press release.

Related: Green plays on a recently discovered early recording of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

The film, directed and produced by Steve Graham, contains extensive and rare archive footage of live and studio performances, stills and original in-depth interviews with Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Mike Vernon (producer of the original Fleetwood Mac Blue Horizon albums), Noel Gallagher, John Mayall, Dennis Keane (road manager), Martin Celmins, (Green’s official biographer), Carlos Santana, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac guitarist) and many others.

The DVD can be pre-ordered here.

Watch Fleetwood Mac perform Green’s”Oh Well” in 1969

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