World Turning

With or without Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way

"When you work within a group, you have to put your own conception of things aside," he says. "It's a tightrope walk, but you can make it work."

Buckingham has another solo venture in the works for 2008, and then Fleetwood Mac will regroup once again for an effort slated for release in 2009. Buckingham cherishes the hectic pace, not wanting another decade and a half to pass without making an album.

"I don't want to be known as the Terrence Malick of rock," says Buckingham, referring to the reclusive director who once went 20 years between films.

Bucking trends: The Fleetwood Mac-er still likes to shake things up.
Bucking trends: The Fleetwood Mac-er still likes to shake things up.

Buckingham has dutifully returned to the Fleetwood Mac fold whenever called upon, seeing the opportunity to take the band in directions they might not have been allowed to pursue 20 years ago.

"Some record companies want to keep you in a place where you really are not," says Buckingham. "I want to be a person, in and out of Fleetwood Mac, who has integrity on his own terms."

Unconcerned with the celebrity inherent in being a past and future member of one of rock's iconic groups, Buckingham is content with his image as the oddball outsider, the guy some might consider an agitator.

"I am certainly a threat to the status quo," says Buckingham.

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