Gold Dust Woman

Gold Dust Woman

The Biography of Stevie Nicks

Book - 2017
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"All you ever wanted to know about Fleetwood Mac's mesmerizing frontwoman." - People Magazine

"Davis is astute and respectful...adept in his literary analysis." - The New York Times Book Review

Stevie Nicks is a legend of rock, but her energy and magnetism sparked new interest in this icon. At sixty-nine, she's one of the most glamorous creatures rock has known, and the rare woman who's a real rock 'n' roller.

Gold Dust Woman gives "the gold standard of rock biographers" ( The Boston Globe ) his ideal topic: Nicks' work and life are equally sexy and interesting, and Davis delves deeply into each, unearthing fresh details from new, intimate interviews and interpreting them to present a rich new portrait of the star. Just as Nicks (and Lindsey Buckingham) gave Fleetwood Mac the "shot of adrenaline" they needed to become real rock stars--according to Christine McVie--Gold Dust Woman is vibrant with stories and with a life lived large and hard:
--How Nicks and Buckingham were asked to join Fleetwood Mac and how they turned the band into stars
--The affairs that informed Nicks' greatest songs
--Her relationships with the Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh, and with Fleetwood himself
--Why Nicks married her best friend's widower
--Her dependency on cocaine, drinking and pot, but how it was a decade-long addiction to Klonopin that almost killed her
-- Nicks' successful solo career that has her still performing in venues like Madison Square Garden
--The cult of Nicks and its extension to chart-toppers like Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250032898
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 N539D 2017
Characteristics: xviii, 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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Sep 16, 2019

This book was basically about Fleetwood Mac and did not focus on Stevie Nicks as it should have. I didn't really learn anything new about her. This author's writing was scattered, jumping around, and focused on minute details that didn't really matter. Also there were several errors throughout the book and I don't understand how this got past the author and the editors. This makes the author untrustworthy. Also, there were so many times he repeated himself with the stories he told, as if he were pulling them from different sources and hadn't realized he had already told that same story earlier in the book. Again, this was very much a book about Fleetwood Mac and was a real disappointment.

Oct 30, 2018

I have always been smitten with Stevie and this was well-written. But, as is my wont, I followed up the reading with a Youtube cruise of interviews and found that much of what is online is in the book. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I would like to have realized that there was MORE in this book that Stevie hadn't said herself, but I don't feel cheated because (a) I didn't actually spend any of my own hard-earned money to purchase the book; and (b) I tend to focus more on what I read as opposed to what people say to me.

ArapahoeMaryA May 02, 2018

I picked up this biography because I am fond of Stevie Nicks' music, fashions and stage presence. I was hopeful to learn more about her mystical side, but this facet of her persona was not explored in depth. For an unauthorized biography, Gold Dust Woman gives plenty of background on Nicks' relationships and inspiration behind her songwriting.

Nov 28, 2017

This book is a light, quick read. At first it was interesting in learning about Stevie, Fleetwood Mac, and the music scene in the 70s and 80s. BUT, if you do any search on the book, you will find there are lots of errors, beginning on page 1 with the date of her birth. I don't know that much about Stevie/FM, but even I found several errors, like referring to JD Souther as very tall [he's not] or who wrote Because the Night ...

I then read a Rolling Stone article on 15 things you didn't know about the Rumours album, and several of them weren't mentioned in the book, and several others were different from what's in the book.

So, enjoy the light read, knowing that what you're reading probably isn't 100% accurate.


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ArapahoeMaryA May 02, 2018

She rings like a bell through the night
And wouldn't you love to love her?
She rules her life like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover?
All your life you've never seen a woman taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven?
Will you ever win?
Will you ever win?


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