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Watching music documentaries is one of life’s pleasures, even when it’s a repeat or you choose to put on a favourite dvd for the umpteenth time.

Tomorrow night on BBC4 has a ‘Fleetwood Mac’ theme with an ‘in-depth’ documentary about the band followed by one about Peter Green, whose guitar playing first catapulted the Mac into the limelight.

If you’re a fan, like me, then you’ve probably seen both programmes – got the t-shirt and the boxed set of everything they’ve ever recorded.

But why is it that some bands have a life-long hold over people from all sorts of backgrounds and countries?

In my case, their music has been that old cliche – literally the soundtrack to key moments in my time on planet Earth.

Take ‘Albatross’ – Fleetwood Mac’s number 1 single in the UK.

Though only 10 or 11 years old, I have a distinct memory of watching ‘Top Of The Pops,’ featuring a dreamy film of the said bird floating in the sky, in synch with the track.

The band’s first blues incarnation was a bit early for me to really enjoy.

But I’ve put that right in recent years, and tomorrow’s Peter Green documentary is dripping with his incredible playing and songwriting.

The tragedy of his subsequent drug-induced problems is only matched by the anger about what happened to their friend, as revealed in the programme, eloquently expressed by Mick Fleetwood and in particular John McVie.

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

Peter Green – Man Of The World – BBC iPlayer

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