Stevie Nicks was nervous. It was 1973, and the then-25-year-old singer and her guitarist boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham have been posing for the quilt of their first album, “Buckingham Nicks.” Their file label had requested the duo to look “bady,” and the bookish Nicks was already feeling self-conscious when the photographer advised her to take away her diaphanous white shirt.
She didn’t need to do it. Buckingham misplaced it.
“Don’t be a f–king child,” the then-24-year-old guitarist snapped. “This is art!”
Stevie Nicks, now 69, is also known as the “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll,” with greater than 40 top-50 hits to her credit score, each as a part of the supergroup Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist. But based on “Gold Dust Woman” (St. Martin’s Press, out Nov. 21) — a brand new biography by Stephen Davis — she did all of it regardless of Buckingham’s bullying and abuse.
Nicks and Buckingham met in highschool in San Mateo, Calif. They have been in a band referred to as Fritz once they determined to maneuver to Los Angeles and launch a profession as a duo in 1971. Yet whereas Nicks hustled to make lease, cleansing homes and ready tables, Buckingham, who stated he couldn’t work as a result of he needed to dedicate himself to music full-time, would spend many of the day smoking hash together with his badociates.
“I’d come in every day and have to step over these bodies,” Nicks later recalled to Rolling Stone. “I’m tired; I’m pickin’ up their legs and cleaning under them and emptying out ashtrays.”
Nicks felt violated after the album-cover incident and when their debut bombed, she nearly give up music. But in January 1975, the duo obtained a name: Drummer Mick Fleetwood needed them to hitch his band Fleetwood Mac.
The alternative would launch the pair to superstardom however additional pressure their relationship.
“When they first joined the band, Lindsey had control [over Nicks],” Mick Fleetwood stated. “And, very slowly, he began to lose control. And he really didn’t like it.”
Their first album with the band, “Fleetwood Mac,” launched in 1975, was a success, however the jealous Buckingham didn’t like that Nicks’ songs “Rhiannon” and “Landslide,” about their fading romance, had eclipsed his personal.
When recording the band’s 1977 follow-up, “Rumours,” he criticized Nicks’ writing and advised her she wanted him to make her songs sound midway first rate.
She stated he was “hijacking” her music and advised her mom that her now-ex had gotten bodily along with her throughout a row and had “thrown her down to the floor.”
Things went additional downhill throughout their 1980 “Tusk” tour. At a live performance in Wellington, New Zealand, Buckingham tried to journey Nicks onstage and started imitating her strikes. While Nicks was singing “Rhiannon,” the guitarist stopped taking part in and tried to kick her.
The remainder of the band was shocked, however solely singer Christine McVie confronted him about it. Buckingham, who reportedly by no means apologized, has acknowledged that he doesn’t keep in mind the incident.
Nicks continued to play with Fleetwood Mac, even after launching her personal file label and placing out her personal No. 1 album, “Bella Donna,” in 1981. She would grit her tooth as she and Buckingham would fake to kiss after performing “Landslide” each evening on tour.
One time, throughout a heated argument in entrance of the band in 1987, Buckingham, the e book says, “manhandled Stevie, slapped her face and bent her backward over the hood of his car. He put his fingers around her neck and started to choke her.”
Nicks stated: “I thought he was going to kill me.” This time, her band stood as much as him. He wouldn’t lay a hand on her once more.
Buckingham’s spokesperson didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Over time, Nicks continued to succeed in out to Buckingham, asking him to provide and play guitar on her 1996 tune “Twisted.” She stated they made amends in 2013 and he agreed to deal with her with respect. But in fact, Buckingham couldn’t dismiss Nicks any longer. The band wanted her expertise and fan base (which lately contains younger acts resembling Haim and Lana Del Rey) greater than she wanted them.
As Davis writes in “Gold Dust Woman,” by the point of their reconciliation, “Stevie was an American legend, but Lindsey’s star would eventually fade away.”