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Publisher's Summary

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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disappointed

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Good story just needs continuity

In general this is a pretty good biography. What it lacks are check for continuity of each story line. Some repeat or don’t jive with the story line. To that end I would state this was poorly edited. If someone could go through to help ensure order & logical flow of each story that would help.
The performance of this book too is ok. Some things were mispronounced & the affectations of band members voices was a bit contrived to me. This narrator is great on other things but missed the mark here.
Overall I was disappointed given the story having so much promise. It was just executed poorly.

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So informative!

Loved this book. It offered so many insights to the “stories behind the songs” that I loved in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. What a remarkable woman. Her perseverance through addiction, then horrendous medical treatment should be an inspiration for all.

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This is unauthorized!

Nowhere in the info on this book does it say that it is an unauthorized biography. I went through this whole thing thinking I was getting good information. By the end of the book, I was left with a nagging feeling that some of this stuff seemed a little “off”. I still can’t really figure out what I don’t like about it except that the author seems misogynistic and dismissive at times. The early information seems to on track with other accounts I have read (should be since that’s where all of his info comes from). Towards the end of the book, he seems to have given up and really is dictating a timeline with no feeling or reverence for events. Some of his statements are contradictory and I was left feeling empty by the last 2 hours. I wish I had stopped listening earlier and I certainly wish I had known this was not something she contributed to. I would like to know her story, not a man’s perception of her story. The narrator has some really funny ideas about how different people sound. It was off putting at times.

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Stevie killed way too many brain cells

I have been a huge Nicks fan since I was a young girl, even dressing like Stevie at one point in my life, like most young girls my age. She was very charismatic as a performer. I did know, since I worked in the entertainment field, that the band had drug issues, relationship problems and a lot of fights, but I didn't realize that they were all out of their minds.

This book was a real eye opener. To take a look behind the so called glamour, doesn't seem glamorous at all. It sounds hellish. I'm glad Stephen Davis took quotes from the band members, Stevie herself and other close friends and coworkers. It really helped to hear honest statements and not just rumors. The book was pretty thorough and the narration was really well done.

I don't know how Stevie Nicks managed to keep as many assets as she has today. Her lack of knowledge about representation during her days with Fleetwood Mac was almost shocking. She seems to not have had any grasp of business decisions.

I know that's not her forte, but common sense was completely lacking. Fortunately, she was blessed with some people who saw that she was unwise and offered to help her out on the business side of things.

I get it... back in the 70's, almost every rich and famous rock star abused drugs and alcohol. The 60's and 70's were famous for it, and not just rock stars, but the culture, which was shaped by the music of the day. But Stevie, and all of the members of Fleetwood Mac should thank God today that they are alive and apparently very wealthy.

It sounds to me, that the author of this book is showing us what a lonely soul Nicks was. Going from lover to lover and fighting with band members all of the time doesn't sound very glamorous to me. And it's not. Living out of hotel rooms, no matter how elaborate, is a lonely life. I was especially saddened at the decision her and Henley made regarding the baby.

I respect Stevie Nicks as an artist and performer. However, her apparent lack of common sense really changes the way I feel about her, as far as wanting to be like her.
No thank you.

For us common people, this book show us that being a rock star is never as wonderful as it appears to us who never made it to the top. At one time, I wanted to and I am very, very glad I didn't make it there. I've seen it close up and it's an empty, lonely and selfish existence.

I pray for peace for all of the Mac members as they grow older, and hopefully, much wiser.
This is a great look into rock and roll insanity. Highly recommended!