Experience first hand the 13-month journey that Fleetwood Mac and its trusted recording team journeyed unto one of music’s most creative, emotionally challenging and complex recording projects.
A rollercoaster experience told by Producer/Engineer Ken Caillat and Engineer Hernan Rojas with the stories that gave life to Tusk, the acclaimed multi platinum double album.
For the follow-up to their superstar-making 'Rumours,' Fleetwood Mac's three singer-songwriters went their own ways on a mesmerizing recording journey that contains some of their best work, lead by Lindsey Buckingham’s quest for innovation.
In this behind-the-scenes look at the making of Fleetwood Mac’s epic, platinum-selling double album, Tusk, producers and engineers Ken Caillat and Hernan Rojas tell their stories of spending a year with the band in their new million-dollar studio trying to follow up Rumours, the biggest rock album of the time.
Following their massive success, the band continued its infamous soap opera when its musical leader and guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham, threatened to quit if he didn’t get things his way, resulting in clashes not only with his band but especially Caillat, who had been essential to the band’s Grammy-winning sound.
Hernan Rojas’s story recounts a young man who leaves Chile after General Pinochet’s coup to seek his future in the music industry of Los Angeles, where he finds success at one of the hottest studios in town. When Fleetwood Mac arrives, Rojas falls in love with its star singer, Stevie Nicks, and the two of them become romantically involved.
Throughout the book, both Caillat and Rojas detail not only the trials and sacrifices they made to finish the album, but also triumphs of musical inspiration and technical innovation that have made Tusk the darling of music critics and indie rockers today.- Dan Hoffhiens
About The Authors
Ken Caillat’s is best known for producing and engineering the Fleetwood Mac albums Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, Live, and The Chain Box Set, along with his daughter, Colbie Caillat's albums: Coco (2007), Breakthrough (2009), All of You (2011), and Christmas in the Sand (2012). He also worked on albums for Billy Idol, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benatar, Wilson Phillips, the Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, David Becker and Alice Cooper, as well as with Christine McVie on her solo album.Ken's recordings have sold over 50 million copies. His record production and engineering efforts earned him numerous Grammy nominations, including an Album of the Year Grammy and Best Engineered Album.
In 2012 Ken founded Sleeping Giant Records, so he could help other talented kids like Colbie to make a career in music. In 2013 Ken founded Sleeping Giant Entertainment to create new music for film, TV and radio, and partnered with Alcon Entertainment and ArtistMax to discover and develop new artists. In 2018 Ken Sold Sleeping Giant Entertainment to focus on ArtistMax, both a non-profit and for profit company.
Recording engineer, music producer, and morning anchor for Sonar 105.3 FM in Santiago, Chile, when not leading Great Place 2 Rock, a company dedicated to promoting change and transformation through music.
Hands on participant in the history of Rock in Los Angeles during the 70’s, working in the music industry for over 40 years, recording and producing with key artists, such as Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, The Band, Neil Diamond, Frank Zappa, Santana at The Village Recorder.
Held executive positions at KTEL Records, BMG, MTV - Latam Pacific, Ross Film, TVN.
Avid entrepreneur and founding member of Sonus Audio/Video, Devorame.com and Creare Consulting, as well as Great Place 2 Rock.
Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Extension at UNIACC University.
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