Stevie Nicks: “In all this time I have only felt once humiliated for being a woman”

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Every night since he was 16, Stevie Nicks (Phoenix, 72) sits down at a sizable notebook, his journal, and writes. Sometimes, what he tells precedes a song, because only after doing it does he notice something throbbing and comes back, he composes a poem and sits down at the piano and turns it into music. And others, she tells the story of how a lighting forced her to, for example, turn back when she was going on her honeymoon (1982) because she had come up with a better melody and lyrics for him. Little Red Corvette, of Prince – which he transformed into one of his first hits In solitary, Stand Back -, or to sketch, sitting on the carpet of the house of a millionaire couple that sheltered her when she landed in Aspen (Colorado) following Lindsey Buckingham, her still barely boyfriend then (1972), the melody of the legendary Landslide, at the moment when he was about to throw in the towel.

His iconic broken voice sounds charmingly warm on the phone. She calls from Los Angeles, from her “nice house”, to which two friends have moved these days who, like her, are also alone. He asks if he can read aloud something he wrote in his journal in 2008 that led to the recent Show Them The Way, Her first single in six years and, according to her, “the best” she has done, musically speaking, “in the last 20”. She reads an excerpt of what looks like a scene from a novel that places her in Chicago, one cold night, before the television, curled up on the couch with her dog, watching a documentary about the presidents of the United States. “I had a dream not too long ago that connected me with that night, and I went back to the newspaper and wrote a poem. In the dream, I was surrounded by all the politicians who have been important in the history of the United States. There was a kind of party, and I played the piano, “he says. The song he has composed is both a piece of his life and a political plea that looks of prayer that begs for there to be some kind of “light at the end of this tunnel in which we are immersed.”

More than muse, motor, beacon for many of the women who have felt since the seventies – her first album, in duet with Buckingham, dates from 1973 – the instinct of the musical, Nicks confesses how important it was for her his mother. “A strong woman who always believed in me. He allowed me to follow my instincts but at the same time he asked me to study so, whatever happens, have a good job and not depend on any man, “he says. And of her grandfather she relates: “He wanted to be a country singer but couldn’t, and he saw something in me since I was a child; he left me all his records, and in the sixties he gave me all the rhythm & blues made by girls ”. “From the age of nine it was clear to me that I was going to be someone great. I remember the first time I bought clothes at the second-hand store Janis Joplin used to buy them at, which was precisely called Velvet Underground. I left there with it on and people would walk away down the street, thinking it must be someone, and it was, I knew it already was, ”he recalls.

She has not had children, although in the eighties she took care of the son of her best friend, who died shortly after giving birth and even tried to marry her husband, but it did not work, but she has a lot of friends, and She feels like “the fun aunt” of all her children, and in part she writes those diaries, she says, so that they know her. “I never say anything but when I’m gone and all this comes to light they will see everything I was thinking,” he threatens, and laughs. For example, she is now less concerned than usual about her country because she believes that Donald Trump “is not going to win the election.” “He’s the weirdest guy in the world, everything he does leaves me speechless, how can someone like that even exist?” In less than a week, on the 21st, the retrospective concert opens in cinemas all over the world and with a single date. 24 Karat Gold, which will also be released in disc format at the end of the month, and which is both a handful of songs – of all time – and a lot of confessions about it, including his obsession with the saga Twilight, and the song he dedicated to its protagonists, Bella and the vampire Edward, Moonlight.

His interest in the occult remains, then, intact. He is still haunted by rumors of witchcraft, with which Ryan Murphy built one of the best seasons of American Horror Story, Coven, and that she loves them. “Oh, for a time I bought a lot of black clothes, which I had to stop wearing because I started to scare people,” he admits. Shortly before, she had held three jobs as a waitress and cleaned her producer’s house twice a week to pay the rent. “He barely made me 80 bucks! I came to think that it wasn’t worth it, ”he recalls. His only Me Too dates from then. “In all these years I have only done one thing that I regret and for which I felt like a woman humiliated for not saying no. He had bought me a beautiful blouse, which had cost me 200 bucks, for the photo shoot for the cover of Buckingham Nicks, our first album, and the photographer wanted us to pose naked. It didn’t seem right to me, but Lindsey said, ‘Don’t be prudish, it’s art!’

It took him four months to show the record to his parents. “I hid it under the bed. When they saw it they asked me why I hadn’t said no, and I told them I didn’t want to screw it up. This is how these things work. You’re on a moving train that you think you’re going to stop for saying no. But then I found out that the train doesn’t stop when you say no. With Christie — McVie, her partner at Fleetwood Mac — we reached an agreement. We weren’t going to do anything we didn’t want to and as long as we didn’t feel respected, we would leave the room we were in, surrounded by guys, because that was music then, a bunch of guys. And it worked for us, ”he says. Fleetwood Mac doesn’t say too much, just that she liked everything more when it was just her and Lindsey. The duo format is something that fascinates him even today. On the possibility of one day recording his own canon, as Johnny Cash did with his American RecordingsHe assures that he would love it but also that “as Mick Jagger says, we may now have more freedom, but we have little time left, and we have to think very well what we want to do with it.”

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