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New Mexico State University doctoral candidate Tyler Martin Sehnal will sign copies of his book “Playing in the Rain” 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 17, at COAS Bookstore, 317 N. Main St. downtown.
Sehnal, who plans to complete his Ph.D. in English in May 2026, wrote the book about the British/American band Fleetwood Mac, NMSU said in a news release.
Sehnal describes his book as “Lindsey Buckingham's journey from aspiring rock and roller to solo star, legendary producer and chief architect of Fleetwood Mac's legacy and global superstardom,” NMSU said.
A longtime fan of Fleetwood Mac, Sehnal’s book explores Buckingham’s role as much more than songwriter, lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band in the 70s and 80s.
“I decided to focus on this topic because I’ve loved Fleetwood Mac since high school,” Sehnal said. “I also wanted to write about Lindsey Buckingham in particular because there are so many books about Stevie Nicks and the band itself, but there aren’t any that focus on his role in making Fleetwood Mac global superstars.”
Sehnal grew up in North Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College and a master’s degree from East Carolina University. His journey took him to Las Cruces for his wedding at the home of a faculty member, who encouraged the couple to study at NMSU.
“Thunder only happens when it’s raining” is a line from the song “Dreams,” said to be written by band member Stevie Nicks after her breakup with Buckingham. Sehnal’s book takes the analogy to the next level.