Synopsis by Mark Deming
Mick Fleetwood had been playing drums with British blues pioneer John Mayall when he and a fellow Mayall sideman, bassist John McVie, decided to form a band of their own in 1967. Fleetwood Mac started out as a blues-rock outfit, with ace guitarist Peter Green, and they even recorded with the legendary Otis Spann at a celebrated recording session in Chicago, as well as backing up a number of touring blues heroes. However, after Green's departure from the group, they gradually began to move in a more pop-oriented direction, and in 1975, after Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the group, the former blues band became one of the world's biggest pop acts. Marriage, divorce, an aborted solo career, and bankruptcy all lay in wait for Fleetwood before he was able to turn his life around in the 1990s and reunite the band that had made him a star. The Mick Fleetwood Story: Two Sticks and a Drum is a documentary which examines the remarkable highs and stunning lows of Fleetwood's inarguably remarkable life and career. The film includes interviews with many of Fleetwood's colleagues and bandmates, including Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, Lindsay Buckingham, Peter Green, John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, and B.B. King.