MAN OF THE WORLD: THE PETER GREEN STORY REVIEWED
“Man of the World” is a look at Peter Green. You might not know Peter Green, but he’s the guy that pretty much defined Fleetwood Mac’s sound. That was before Buckingham/Nicks turned the band into their personal Livejournal and went all So. Cal rock all over it. For a rather lengthy documentary, a bit too much is spent on gathering talking heads for praise. I wanted to know way more about his splinter group in the 1990s and why he bailed. It’s not like we’re talking about Pete Best or somebody like that. Green had his reasons and they feel poorly defined here.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!
Video - 85%
Audio - 85%
Supplemental Material - 85%
Film Score - 90%
The Plot Thus Far
After replacing the legendary Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Peter went on to form Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, one of the most successful bands to come out of Britain in the 60's. Peter's genius on the guitar was matched by the songs he wrote including Black Magic Woman, later a huge debut hit for Santana, and the supernatural and sublime instrumental Albatross, as well as the classic Oh Well. The film traces that early success, explores Peter s drug use and his eternal spiral into schizophrenia. The film also examines how the treatment he received (electroconvulsive therapy) prolonged his illness and extended absence from the music scene. The story continues with Peter s fragile mental and artistic recovery, his return to the recording studio and live music scene in the mid 1990's that saw his most positive creative output for many years. 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. The film 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, (legendary producer of the original Fleetwood Mac Blue Horizons albums), Noel Gallagher, John Mayall, Dennis Keane (road manager), Martin Celmins, (Peter's official biographer), Carlos Santana, Jeremy Spencer, (the original Fleetwood Mac guitarist) and many others who were fortunate to work with or know this extraordinary Man of the World.