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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 Lindsay 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

©2017 Stephen Davis (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Disappointed

The narrator was really awful, I wasn't sure I could make it the whole way though.

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Wow!

A candid and open biography on the life of Stevie Nicks. Some of the material in this book cross reference easily with the books “Storms” by Carol Ann Harris on her life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac, and Making Rumours by Ken Callait. So a lot of the information I’d heard through reading these aforementioned books. However there were quotes from interviews I’d never heard so it offers a pretty darn good mix of information. I found it to be wistful, and tragic and triumphant at the same time because that’s what her life was. She’s a trooper! 5 stars all around!

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would be a great book with a different narrator.

it was so annoying when the narrator would change her voice when quoting men, especially annoying when she quoted Mick Fleetwood with a bad English accent. Just read! Great biography despite this.

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Entertaining and partially accurate picture

Enjoyable book to listen to, with at times to little information, while other times, too much. Putting it up against other books I have read or listened to about Ms Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, there seems to be many differing opinions. Much of this book was compiled from other books, interviews and public record. I found many discrepencies between this book and my 2 other sources of information, both first hand accounts; Mick Fleetwoods autobiograpy "Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac" and "Making Rumours", by Ken Caillat, the engineer/producer of the best Fleetwood Mac album ever made, in my opinion, and I highly recommend both to true Fleetwood Mac fans, actually all 3, as I have to include "Gold Dust Woman". Well worth the read, very entertaining, interesting and pleasent to listen to.

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The Goddess Unveiled

I am an unabashed worshipper at the alter of Stevie Nicks. I hated music until I heard Players and then suddenly everything just avalanched me. She really is the poet of my heart, and that is why I had to get this book.

Now, I found a lot of the information fascinating and interesting as well as entertaining. I'm not even remotely a stalker type fan, so there are tons of facts about her that I did not know. So, each morsel was a tasty tidbit that I relished.

I know from looking at some of the reviews preceding mine that there were people assinine to complain that Stevie hadn't written the book herself. Well, let me tell you brilliant people that most biographies are not the AUTO type. There are hundreds of books based on Abe Lincoln, and he never wrote one of them. So get over it.I could also understand if it was an UNAUTHORIZED version of her life that spilled some beans she wanted kept quiet, but this consists of interviews and accounts, so no dice there. It is a solid biography from top to bottom.

The problem? The narration. She is bloody awful, and I knew it two minutes in, she tries to swap gender and do accents, but fails miserably on both counts, but beyond that her reading is simply atrocious. It was a chore to listen to; if I was not so interested in the subject, and could just read I would have stopped and given up. Thankfully, Stevie's life just commands attention and you work through it. I looked at it like I was just lifting weights and feeling the burn, knowing that getting through the pain I'd end up better for it.

So, is it worth it? Yes, but you have to overlook the narration.

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Amazing Story

Very well performed by the narrator and covered all the drama involving Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. Went into a YouTube warp Glinda back and listening to all the old songs and live concert performances.

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disappointed

disappointed that Stevie Nicks didn't write this and had nothing to do with the book other than being the subject.

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Amazing!

A great tribute to Stevie Nick's and her contribution to the world! I Loved it.

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A Better Understanding

After listening to this, I have a much better understanding of the meaning behind the lyrics to Stevie's songs. I strongly recommend this to any Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac enthusiast!

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She was a silver girl, caught in a man’s world

Fascinating story! I thought I knew everything, but I certainly didn’t, and surely still don’t. I’d love to hear Lindsey’s side, since everything I’ve read makes him out to be a violent, pompous, tortured asshat. I’ve been a Mac fan since the Peter Green days. Stevie & Lindsey brought fire and ice to the group. I remember the first time I heard Rhiannon on the radio. I couldn’t believe my ears. Who was this girl singing?? Who was this band?? This couldn’t be Fleetwood Mac!
Stevie was always the star. Not Lindsey. But he’s a Hell of a guitar player, and something of a genius—I liked the Tusk album, by the way, but didn’t care for Come from Say You Will. Evidently Stevie didn’t like that one either *smirk*.
I remember the stories behind Rumours, and finding it all so fascinating. I wore out my Belladonna album when it came out. It was a time of despair for me as I had moved 800 miles from home and then soon learned my mother was dying of cancer and had 6 months left. Stevie was the background music to my life, along with Moody Blues’ Long Distance Voyager. I lost track of her in the 80s and 90s, as I was busy raising kids, but started playing catch up with her and The Mac in the 2000s. I wasn’t happy about the Clinton thing. To this day I despise Don’t Stop lol. I read Storms and was shocked and dismayed with Lindsey’s alleged behavior. Started going to concerts again (beginning with Say You Will tour) and haven’t missed a single Mac or Stevie tour. My husband remarked that Stevie was a different person on Mac tours than she was solo. She always deferred to Lindsey; it was so obvious. We always wanted to believe the former lovers longed for each other, not knowing that, decades later, the hatred and jealousy was alive and well. And now Mac and Lindsey have parted ways again.
It seems the chain finally broke after decades of pressure.