A brief review of the solo work that has made this artist the only woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. #stevienicks #RRHOF
One of the biggest criticisms about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been it’s neglect regarding the inclusion of women into its ranks. By 2015, for example, less than 10 percent inductees in all categories were women. This year, however, two women are inducted in the museum’s most visible category, that of performer: Janet Jackson and the artist I am spotlighting today, Stevie Nicks.
Nicks, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, got her start into songwriting at the age of 16 after being given a guitar for her birthday. Fate would pair her eventually with a fellow student, Lindsey Buckingham, whom she met while in high school in California, where her family had relocated.
After high school, while attending college, she and Buckingham were in a band called Fritz, which opened for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. She dropped out of college just before graduation. After the band’s breakup, she and Buckingham, now lovers, recorded a much-sought after self-titled album in 1973, and eventually joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975.
Of course, this version of Fleetwood Mac would become a recording industry major player over the next several decades. In 1981, she released her first solo album, Belladonna. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s, her solo records were selling just as well, if not better, than her band’s releases. She would record only intermittently as either a solo act or with Fleetwood Mac in the resulting decades, much of this due to writer’s block caused by a variety of prescription and illicit drug issues.
Nicks’ songs tend to revolve around love and loss, often with fantasy elements woven into the lyrical content, giving the songs an often otherworldly, emotional depth. In its biography of Nicks, the Rock Hall called her “Rock and Roll’s Mystic Poet”, probably the most befitting title one could bestow on her.
In her off-time, she works directly with wounded soldiers as part of a charity she founded, Stevie Nicks’ Band of Soldiers. She is also an ordained minister with the Universal Life church, even officiating the wedding of singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton.
- Stand Back, 1983, The Wild Heart
- I Can’t Wait (Extended Rock Mix), 1985, Crystal Visions
- Rooms On Fire, 1989, The Other Side of the Mirror
- Lady, 2014, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault
- Sorcerer, 2001, Trouble In Shangri-La
- Ghosts Are Gone, 2011, In Your Dreams
- If Anyone Falls In Love (live), 2009, The Soundstage Sessions
- Imperial Hotel, 1985, Rock a Little
- Blue Denim, 1994, Street Angel
- Leather And Lace, 1981, Belladonna (duet with Don Henley)
- Edge Of Seventeen [Live], 1981, White Winged Dove HBO TV special
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