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The Legendary Peter Green Has Passed - RIP

A Man of Another World

Roger Bowie

A few years ago, while driving home from Albany and a visit to my daughter, I noticed an old abandoned house just on the highway side of the stadium. Scrawled defiantly on the one remaining wall in bold black paint: Peter Green is God. I wondered at time time how many people driving by would know the significance of that name, and that tribute. 


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The house has since been demolished, and now Peter Green is no more. Heaven will be a fine place this morning.

Peter Green founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967, after a stint with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and overcoming the skepticism about his ability to succeed that other guitar god, Eric Clapton.

He grabbed John McVie on bass, resurrected Mick Fleetwood, (whom Mayall had fired for drunkenness) on drums, and named the band Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Jeremy Spencer also played guitar, and Danny Kirwan added the third guitar in 1968. 

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After nearly four years, three albums, and the makings of legend, Peter Green  fell ill with subsequently diagnosed schizophrenia. Perhaps it was The Green Manalishi, perhaps it was brought on by a bad acid trip in Germany.

He left. Jeremy Spencer  had an epiphany and ran away to join the Children of God ( I found him many years later playing in a basement bar in Athens), and Danny Kirwan suffered from drugs and alcohol. The great Fleetwood Mac  era was over, but the band carried on to achieve even more greatness and today Fleetwood  and Mac comprise the longest serving rhythm section in rock. History.

Peter Green grew his fingernails till they curled into witches coils, anything to keep the guitar at bay. In the late 70's he recovered to make a couple of average albums, but mostly stayed reclusive on his couch until Nigel Watson  pulled him up by the fingers (nails now manicured of the world) and Peter Green's Splinter Group  hit the road and left us with a few albums of blues in the 90s and 00s. Occasionally Peter would play solo, but mostly he played rhythm on an acoustic guitar. The demons were never far away, but once or twice he would smile, and remember the Albatross 



Written By: Roger Bowie Roger Bowie has been collecting music since 1964, starting with 45 rpm singles, and then building an LP and CD collection from 1970. 1.8 per week since then. Not a vast collection, but eclectic and occasionally obscure. Roger is a big Americana fan, and regularly attends AmericanaFest in Nashville, held every September. Also, he once played golf with Alice Cooper...