Stevie Nicks has been a pivotal force in the music industry for the past few decades, and it is not hard to see why. Her moving lyrics and unmistakable voice have kept her fans entranced over and over again. She has paved the way for many young artists and inspired music and passion in their lives. Her many incarnations through Fleetwood Mac and her own solo career is something to be in awe of. She is thought to be, by a great deal of people, the reigning Queen of Rock. But of course judge for yourself.
Q: Who is Stevie Nicks?
A: She is a singer/songwriter, whose first recording was released in 1973. She spent the better part of three decades as a member of the band Fleetwood Mac, and began a concurrent solo career in 1981.
Q: Who has Stevie been romantically linked to?
A: Dave Young, Brian Kane, Lindsey Buckingham, Walter Egan, Don Henley, John David Souther, Mick Fleetwood, Curry Grant, Kim Anderson, Joe Walsh, Waddy Wachtel, Paul Fishkin, John Stewart, Jimmy Iovine, Brad Jeffries, Dennis Dunstan, Rupert Hine, Johnny Starbuck, Doug Casper, Glen Parrish, Les Dudek.
Q: Has Stevie ever been married?
A: Yes, once. On January 29, 1983, Stevie married her long-time best friend's widower of three months. The groom, Kim Anderson, was a born-again Christian. He became delusional that Stevie was Robin, the one so close to them that they both had lost. The marriage lasted three months. The divorce became final in April 1984. Her wedding dress was black lace over white.
Q: Who is Robin Anderson?
A: Robin Snyder (later Anderson) was Stevie's dearest friend from the age of 15. Robin was a speech therapist and toured in 1979 with Stevie in that role. Robin suffered from leukemia and passed away on October 12, 1982. Stevie was naturally devastated by her passing and the effects of grievous loss became apparent in her songwriting and performances.
Q: Is Stevie a witch?
A: Stevie always denies being a witch in interviews. Her most recent answer to this question, given on a Yahoo chat on April 28 1998, was: "I have no idea what precipitated those rumors...I am not a witch. Get a life!" She was born into Episcopalianism, and went to several Catholic schools.
Q: Did Stevie do drugs?
A: In November 1986 Stevie spent a month at The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage CA for help overcoming a decade of cocaine usage. To kick the habit was mandatory for Stevie as she was advised that if she didn't discontinue using cocaine, she would most likely suffer a brain hemorrhage. A second 45 day detox occurred in 1993 at Exodus Medical Group in Marina Del Rey CA for a six year dependance on the tranquilizer Klonopin.
Q: How did Stevie come up with the title to "Edge of Seventeen"?
A: Tom petty's wife, Jane, was commenting to Stevie that she and Tom met when he was the "age of seventeen." Her heavy southern accent however caused Stevie to hear "edge of seventeen" instead!
Stevie talks about this is at least a couple of different interviews. Here's a quote from Stevie from the Robert W. Morgan interview in 1981. Stevie is talking about her conversation with Jane Petty:
'She was telling me about Tom, about when she met him, and she has an incredible Southern accent...and she said that she met him at the age of seventeen, but I thought she said "edge", and she said "no...age" and I said "Jane, forget it, it's got to be "edge". The "Edge of Seventeen" is perfect. I'm going to write a song, ok? And I'm going to give you credit." She didn't believe me, you know? She couldn't believe it when it came out on the album.'
Q: I heard Stevie had some trouble with the IRS?
A: In October of 1996, Stevie appealed a decision on her 1991 tax audit. The IRS claimed that she took about $270,000 in business expense deductions, but that that was too much and that she still owed $85,887 in additional taxes. Included among the deductions were: $119,291 personal manager, $50,160 home office, $43,291 stage clothes, $33,750 investment in "Buckingham Nicks". The appeal took place in Tax Court
Q: Who is "Emmiline," in "Seven Wonders?"
A: This song was written by Sandy Stewart. Sandy's demo had the lyrics "you held the line," but Stevie heard it as "Emmiline." As to who or where Emmiline is, Stevie has been quoted as saying that she made it up.
Q: I heard there was a lawsuit about "Sara?"
A: In 1980, Carol L. Hinton of Rockford MI sued Stevie for the rights to "Sara," claiming she'd submitted the lyrics to Warner Brothers in November 1978. Stevie submitted a demo copy from July 1978 to the Court. But to avoid a long court battle, Stevie's attorneys settled out of court for $1500.
Q: Who are Stevie's influences, as far as her stage performance?
A: Janis Joplin, Natalia Makarova, Isadora Duncan, Greta Garbo.
Q: Who are Stevie's backup singers?
A: The two backup singers that Stevie has worked with primarily are Lori Perry Nicks and Sharon Celani.
Lori Perry Nicks, formerly Mrs. Gordon Perry, is now married to Stevie's brother Chris Nicks. They have a daughter named Jessica, Stevie's niece, born September 27 1991. Lori is originally from Dallas, TX.
Sharon Celani is from Maui Hawaii, and formerly sang lead in a band. Stevie met Sharon in 1978 when she joined Sharon onstage at the Blue Max in Maui to perform "Poor Poor Pitiful Me." Sharon was also wardrobe mistress for the 1979 "Tusk" tour, and lived with Stevie in 1980 in LA.
Diana's Sharon Celani Page
became one of Stevie's backup singers in the late nineties. She holds
a Bachelors in Music from the University of Miami, has sung backup for
Don Henley, and currently teaches voice at the Los Angeles Music Academy
in Pasadena CA.
Q: Has Stevie ever written a book?
A: Amazon booksellers has listed a book published by Dolphin Books in November 1989 ISBN 0385189877 entitled: "Wild Heart: An Autobiographical Journey," but no other source can confirm that such a book ever went to press. Stevie has kept many many journals over the years and has reportedly been working on a book for some time. There has been one unauthorized autobiography published about Stevie, "Everything You Want to Know About Stevie Nicks" by Ethlie Ann Vare and Ed Ochs, Ballantine Press, 1985, ISBN 0-345-32238-4. It is out-of-print and considered to be a rare item among collectors. Two other unauthorized biographies exist, although fans have widely panned both editions: "Stevie Nicks, Rock's Mystical Lady," 1993, and "Lady of the Stars, Stevie Nicks" 1995; both by Edward Wincentsen.
Q: What German artist's work was the inspiration for "The Wild Heart" album cover?
A: Sulamith Wulfing. Born in 1901 in Elberfeld, Germany, Sulamith Wulfing spent most of her life in the Wuppertal area. She had no art training until well into adolescence, but from the age of four painted what she saw, and in her life produced an individual style best represented by the unique blend of innocence and threat in her delicately wrought paintings. Her work has been a major source of inspiration for most of Stevie Nicks' visual presentation, including her wardrobe, makeup, and videos. This painting looks hauntingly familiar to the Wild Heart cover.
Q: In the "Enchanted" booklet, who is the girl singing into a hairbrush in the mirror?
A: Sara Recor Fleetwood.
Q: Who is Britney Marx?
A: In the 1980s Cheryl Cusella was a Stevie Nicks impersonator in Phoenix. She claimed she owned a limo company, and went into the concert promotion business. Cheryl booked acts she couldn't produce, and didn't pay the ones she did, including Mick Fleetwood's Zoo. Cheryl was convicted of two counts of fraud in 1989, served 38 days in jail, got seven years probation and paid $32,000 in restitution. She then changed her name to Britney Marx. Reportedly in 1990 she published a book called "Sweet Poison: A Heartfelt Diary." Most recently in June of 1999, Britney was charged by the Arizona state attorney general's office with six counts of theft (totalling nearly $500,000) and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices related to an animal rescue organization.
Q: What is "Night of a 1000 Stevies?"
of a 1000 Stevies" is an annual event, formerly held at club Jackie
60 in New York City. The theme of the event is Stevie Nicks. People attend
dressed as Stevie (both men and women). The club is decorated with her
pictures, and draped with shawls. The 16th annual event was held at The
Q: Who is Rhiannon?
A: Rhiannon is a figure in Welsh mythology. The Mabinogion, a book of Welsh mythology, is loosely translated by Evangeline Walton, a fantasy novelist, in the four books: "Prince of Anwyn," "The Children Of Lyr," "The Song of Rhiannon," and "The Island of the Mighty." Rhiannon is a horse Goddess and the "maker of birds," and the legend of the song of the birds of Rhiannon goes as follows: In times of hardship or pain, the song of the birds can be heard. Down the pathway will come three singing birds, one snow white, one emerald green, and one golden. The song of the birds will put you to sleep, and when you awaken, all hardship and pain will be gone. Stevie wrote the song "Rhiannon" in October 1974, after reading a novel by Mary Leader called "Triad" (Putnam, 2-73, ISBN: 069810496X). The novel featured a heroine by the name of Rhiannon. Stevie was not aware of the legend at the time she wrote the song.
Q: What are Stevie's favorite books/TV shows/movies/etc?
A: Books: "A Course in Miracles" 3 volumes by Helen Schuman, "Sacred Symbols of the Ancients" by Edith L. Randall, "In God's Way" by "a psychic," "Diary of a Drug Fiend" by Aleister Crowley, "Ceremony of the Innocent" by Taylor Caldwell, and "Vindication" by Frances Sherwood. She is also inspired by Wilde and Keats.
Artists: Sulamith Wulfing (1901-1989, Wuppertal Germany), Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939, Czechoslovakia).
Television: "General Hospital," "One Life to Live," "The Muppet Show," "Miami Vice" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Movies: Jean Cocteau's 1946 "La Belle et la Bete" or "Beauty and the Beast," "Julia," and "Mary, Queen of Scots."
Backstage atmosphere is provided by Paradise tea, Jasmine candles, and Nag Champa incense. Stevie also collects dolls.
Q: Where are the web sites for Stevie?
are several, but the best source is the official site www.nicksfix.com