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New Stevie Nicks Bio Details Tumultuous Relationship With Lindsey Buckingham

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A new Stevie Nicks biography is coming on November 21st. As expected, Gold Dust Woman, which is published via St. Martin’s Press, will examine Nicks’ entire career — along with her nearly 50-year personal and working relationship with Lindsey Buckingham. The New York Post got an advance look at the book and reported a particularly ugly incident between the two former lovers: “When recording (Fleetwood Mac’s). . . 1977 Rumours (album), he criticized Nicks’ writing and told her she needed him to make her songs sound halfway decent. She said he was ‘hijacking’ her music and told her mother that her now-ex had gotten physical with her during a row and had ‘thrown her down to the floor.'”

Among the other instances the book covers when discussing the downside of their relationship was when Buckingham mocked and kicked her onstage during the band’s 1979/80 Tusk tour and in 1987 when Buckingham quit the band during a meeting in which he “manhandled Stevie, slapped her face and bent her backward over the hood of his car. He put his fingers around her neck and started to choke her.”

Lindsey Buckingham understands that the psychodrama between him and Stevie Nicks — not to mention the divorce of Christine and John McVie — was the gasoline that ran the engine of the band, especially during the legendary Rumours album: “One of the real draws of Fleetwood Mac beyond the music in those earlier days was this musical soap opera. And it was a very literal portrayal of what was really going on behind the scenes. Y’know, you could certainly make a case for saying that we made a great deal of success on a career level but we were pretty dismal failures in our personal lives, for any number of years, y’know?”

Photo Courtesy of Neal Preston

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