LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fleetwood Mac frontman Lindsey Buckingham will be one of the keynote speakers at an annual songwriter symposium in April hosted by performing rights group ASCAP, organizers said on Wednesday.
Buckingham, 61, will discuss his career during an on-stage interview on April 29, the midway point of the three-day ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo. He will also be presented with the group’s Golden Note Award, a prize previously given to the likes of Tom Petty, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder.
The expo, now in its sixth year, attracts almost 2,000 songwriters at all career stages from around the world to Hollywood. It is open to the public and to writers affiliated with rival groups such as BMI and SESAC. The organizations collect royalties for the writers and copyright owners of songs performed in public such as television, radio and arenas.
Other big names lined up so far for various panels include singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, veteran composer/arranger Van Dyke Parks, Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik, film composer Marco Beltrami, and horror director Wes Craven.
Buckingham, along with musical collaborator and former lover Stevie Nicks, helped transform Fleetwood Mac from a venerated blues-rock band into a stadium-filling pop-rock machine after they joined in the mid-1970s. The singer/songwriter/guitarist composed such songs as “Go Your Own Way,” “Tusk” and “Big Love” before quitting for a decade in 1987. He has also released five solo albums.
Reporting by Dean Goodman