Stevie Nicks is one of the greatest voices to ever grace the radio, but how did she achieve such fame and success?
Nicks's biography, Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours, written by Zoë Howe, offers rare insight into the tumultuous life of the witchiest rock star to ever live. While the book meticulously retells how Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac recorded each of their albums and offers up tips from the gold dust woman herself, it doesn't shy away from the dark periods of Nicks's life, of which there are practically too many to count.
Nicks claims that she didn't really drink until she joined Fleetwood Mac – her sober life quickly changed once she and her then-boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham, joined the band. Fleetwood Mac eventually developed a true rock-and-roll reputation – they famously used enough cocaine to fund a cartel, and if they weren't fighting with each other, they were sleeping with each other.
Even when Stevie Nicks was on her solo tours, she carried on like a party that never stopped. Whether you’re a fan of Fleetwood Mac or Nicks's solo work, you’ll want to read this run-down of the craziest stories from Stevie Nicks's life.
She Had A “Ladylike” Coke Vial
According to Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac’s keyboard player, during the recording of Rumours she and Stevie Nicks took a break from the studio to go shopping for coke vials.
They didn't want to be seen snorting fat rails of coke like the guys in the band so they bought “little beautiful coke bottles” that they wore around their necks. She said that the bottles were adorned with “gold, turquoise, and diamonds.” Stevie Nicks says that she thought the bottles were “more refined” than any of the other trappings of cocaine paraphernalia.
Stevie Partied So Hard That She Almost Went Blind
Prior to the first date of the Rumours tour in 1977, Fleetwood Mac found out that their album had just gone platinum and they decided to throw a party. The party ended up lasting for 48 hours straight, and while she was partying, Nicks forgot to take out her contact lenses. You can probably see where this was going.
The lenses wore off her cornea and left her nearly blind. On the first date of the tour she was given a piggyback ride to the stage by the band’s tour manager, and had to have her eyes bandaged for days to keep her from going completely blind.
All Of Steve Nicks’ Furniture Was Made Of Wicker
So this may not be as crazy as Nicks burning a hole in her nose, or going blind from partying, but this is too weird to not discuss. During a break in Rumours tour, Stevie Nicks played host to Lindsey Buckingham’s girlfriend, Carol Anne, and the furnishings in Nick’s home left such a burn on Carol Anne’s memory that she wrote about it in her memoir, Storms.
“The room was furnished with light wicker furniture that was almost buried under pillows covered in Laura Ashley fabric.” This brief insight into Nicks’s '70s lifestyle really underscores her good-witch persona.
Her Affair With Mick Fleetwood Is All Because Of Cocaine
Even though Nicks describes Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac’s drummer) as one of the great loves of her lives, she admits that they never would have gotten together had they not being doing so many drugs. She spilled the beans on her addiction-fueled affair with Fleetwood to Oprah, saying that they were the “last two people at a party,” and that, “It was a doomed thing [that] caused pain for everybody.”
To underscore how bad her addiction was at the time – as if being in a relationship with someone solely because you both do insane amounts of drugs isn’t enough – Nicks says that when she sees pictures of herself from that era, she only sees someone who is “unattractive and high.”