Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis (5 out of 5)

I ordered this months ago, as a special order for Jim Peterik, one of my favorite customers. Our buyer had ordered one, so I bought that one right away. I was happy to see this was written by Stephen Davis, who wrote the best Led Zeppelin bio out there (Hammer of the Gods). I wish it had been written by Stevie herself, but most of us know Stevie is pretty private and not letting us into her lair anytime soon. This is going to have to do, my friends! As far as source material and fair mindedness in dealing with our subject, Davis is unfailingly accurate and objective. There’s no fawning over Stevie, and no judgment on some things that she has been toasted for in the press over the years. That was great to read. I have read Mick Fleetwood’s autobiography years ago, and enjoyed it. I also read Carol Ann Harris’ book “Storms”, about her eight year long romance with Lindsey Buckingham. Both of those books are referenced often in Davis’ rendering of our Welsh witch’s extraordinary life. 

What does this mean to a huge fan? Well, if you know Stevie’s career, romances, and story very well, this book may clock in more on the four stars side. I’m still learning things about Stevie, so I was awestruck by some of it, and yet not surprised by other parts of it. The back and forth romance of Lindsey and Stevie is recounted, discounted, racked, and rocked throughout the book, before settling into an uneasy truce by the end (aka ‘The Present’). Her myriad affairs, romances, and three month marriage to her best friend’s husband are all covered. The Fritz, Buckingham Nicks, Mac, and solo career are extensively laid out. Her family history is even set up for the reader. Seriously, Davis does a hell of a research paper on the Majesty of Ms. Nicks. It would do the reader well to get schooled in the trade of Stevie. This is an excellent treatise for the fan. 

~ by generationgbooks on November 26, 2017.

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