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Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,256 ratings  ·  494 reviews
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 o ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Julie
Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Steven Davis is a 2017 St. Martin’s Press publication.

She rings like a bell through the night
And wouldn't you love to love her?
She rules her life like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover?
All your life you've never seen a woman taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised to you heaven?
Will you ever win?
Will you ever win?



In the past year or so, I’ve read several rock memoirs and biographies with very mixed results. I swore them off for a
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Diane S ☔
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 My husband and I have often told our now grown children, that we grew up with the best music. They actually agreed, there was so much diversity in the seventies and eighties, meaningful music, but also so much that was new, unique. Have been a Stevie Nix fan for a very long time, just love her unique voice, so haunting at times.

This was a biggie for me in more ways than one. It is only the second audio book I have listened to, and I thought the narrator Christine Delaine did a superb job. B
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Katie B
3.5 stars

I honestly didn't know that much about Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac prior to reading this book. I've heard many of their hit songs, was aware that Stevie and Lindsay Buckingham dated years ago, and knew that the group continues to tour but sometimes certain members are missing, but that was about it when it came to my knowledge. Given this is an unathorized biography, the information presented in the book is most likely already known by fans of Stevie who have followed her throughout t
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Sarah
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book will take you twice as long as you think it will to read it because you'll have to re-listen to a lot of great songs. ...more
Erica
Prior to listening to this book:
Here's what I know/have heard about Stevie Nicks.
--Stevie Nicks is legally blind. I was a kid when I learned this and I thought it meant she couldn't see at all because kids who don't live near or with blindness don't understand it's not an all or nothing thing.
--Stevie Nicks was always on-again/off-again with Lindsay Buckingham. Related: when single, she caused all sorts of trouble in the band because she was so beautiful and mystical.
--I didn't like her as much
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Tammy
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Initially, I thought that this was a bit lifeless. I've changed my tune. Gold Dust Woman is a serious look at the career of Stevie Nicks and by association Fleetwood Mac. I was surprised to learn that the talented front woman actually had little power within the band at least at first. This is an unauthorized biography so Davis relies on previously published interviews Nicks gave throughout her career as well as interviews by other band members and various comments by hangers on. Davis is respec ...more
Mandi Schneck
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a die hard Stevie Nicks-aholic. I gobble up info on Stevie like it's going out of style, and even have a crescent moon tattoo on my wrist dedicated to the original Sister of the Moon. I was lucky enough to see her live a few months ago, and have never been the same. This is why when I had the opportunity to have early access to the newest Stevie biography I jumped at the chance to absorb even more information on this musical queen.

Gold Dust Woman by Stephen Da
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June
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
I could have just Googled old Stevie Nicks interviews which apparently is JUST WHAT THIS AUTHOR DID. No original reporting, because there are some things that could really use follow-up questions. Like when the author talks about Nicks picking up someone in NYC in a limo. "Some livery companies used by Fleetwood Mac in those days were reportedly instructed not to send black drivers for Stevie Nicks." Umm...what? And THAT IS ALL THE AUTHOR SAYS. And how about this description of a Halloween Party ...more
Jamie
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Before reading this book Google "Stevie Nicks Rhiannon Live" and watch Fleetwood Mac's 1976 performance on the Midnight Special. This was Fleetwood Mac's big moment and by the end of the song Stevie Nicks absolutely BURNS the place down--I don't know if she ever matched that intensity in the chart-topping decades that followed.

In a way, this book explains why.*


*Yes, this is an unauthorized biography. Authorized biographies tend to be sanitized by the artist. Unauthorized biographies are often
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Matthew
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I’m a pretty obsessive person. If you’ve read anything I’ve written here before it’s likely you’ve already discerned this. Hell, even if you haven’t, all one has to do is look at my “to-read” shelf; my interests are made pretty clear through the titles of which this shelf features. I’m an addict; it kinda comes with the territory.

But it was hardwired at an early age, this addictive personality, long before I’d discovered any sort of illicit substances that would later exasperate it to
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Jason Koivu
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I like reading about the early days of musicians who made it big in the '60s and '70s. I like finding out about their beginnings, the bands they were in when they were kids, the seminal struggle and whatnot. What I don't enjoy is reading about bloated addicts in the '80s. I should probably only read like half of these books. If I stopped midway through, I think I'd enjoy the reading experience a whole lot more. ...more
Whitney
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rawk
I got through this book — this whole entire BOOK! — not suspecting that it was UNAUTHORIZED. Stevie has not approved it. Being the verbose public figure that she is, she has put out enough of her own story to satisfy herself, I suppose. And so the author culled many many many interviews and firsthand accounts, and he had passed her backstage more than a few times, enough to generate one or two mental snapshots of Behind-the-Scenes Stevie. Author very cleverly used a smoke and mirror effect to hi ...more
☮Karen
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Fleetwood Mac has such a large library of phenomenal songs, and my favorites were written and sung by Stevie Nicks. I always thought she was an interesting but odd character so this book explained a lot. It is an unauthorized biography pulled from lots of verified research material and overall was very good. I felt it needed some edits to eliminate some statements that overlapped. As one example, at least three times we are told that Stevie and Sheryl Crow were friends, just like that. As if fac ...more
Shane
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Davis co-wrote Mick Fleetwood's autobiography, however this unauthorized effort lacks an insider status. Sources include album liner notes, song lyrics, Stevie's commentary from her DVD "Crystal Visions," and magazine articles. As such it reads more like a compendium or "greatest hits" account of widely available material. There are also several inaccuracies, beginning with getting Nicks' birthday wrong, oof.

Nevertheless, it might be of interest for new fans who lack the broad outline of Nicks a
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Judy
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is an unauthorized biography, meaning that Stevie Nicks had no say in how it was written and that the author did not interview her directly but based his book on interviews with others who knew or worked with Stevie and on other media sources.

Given that overall shortcoming, it is still pretty good. If you are or were a Stevie Nicks fan and a Fleetwood Mac fan, there is plenty to like and learn as well as plenty of inside dirt and snark. Good old celebrity culture at work.

I read it in a t
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Susan
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Incredibly boring book full of errors such as wrong date of birth, "leathern" journal, her age in 2008. ...more
Robin
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-bio-rock
I had read and enjoyed Davis' bio of Led Zeppelin so I was anxious to read this new in-depth biography of Stevie Nicks and it was very well done. It spanned her entire life, from her childhood experiences to meeting Buckingham, through the trials and tribulations of her involvement with Fleetwood Mac, to her solo life and work to late 2016. Casual fans or those who aren't aware of her work may find this too detailed but die-hard fans will eat this up.

I am a casual fan, and even though I've read
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Carol Storm
Sep 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's all here . . . Stevie Nicks and her pact with the devil!

White witches in spangly dresses summoning Satan, swearing loyalty with the most intimate acts . . . until the Devil chooses the prettiest, emptiest, most untalented daughter of white-bread depravity and gives her superhuman powers. Her mission: destroy rock and roll, remove all the nasty funk and leering sexual innuendo. Erase every trace of soul, all the unpleasant gut-bucket blues that jarringly recalls the music's beginnings, on th
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Lance
Great book on a.legendary performer

I write this review as an unabashed fan of Stevie Nicks and reading this book was just as good as listening to the Fleetwood Mac album "Rumours" or singing along ( badly) to one of my favorite songs of all.time, "Edge of Seventeen." I loved the entire story of Stevie, drugs and heartbreak included. The most interesting fact I learned from.the book was that the title of that song came about because Stevie misunderstood a comment from.Tom Petty's wife. She met To
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Ricky McConnell
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
After reading this book, I certainly know more about Stevie Nicks. Much of the book is really about her time with Fleetwood Mac, but it does contain a lot of personal details about her also. You learn about her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham also. This is not endorsed by her, but the author does not speculate on anything that is not already known and is a fact. If you are a hard core Stevie or Fleetwood Mac fan you will enjoy this book. All albums are covered in her solo career and with Fl ...more
Michelle
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t know much about Fleetwood Mac before listening to it, so it was mildly interesting, but I probably would have liked a Stevie memoir better.
Nina Foster
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2021
What disappointed me about the book was it’s mostly a biography of the trials and tribulations of Fleetwood Mac the band, more than it is intimately about Stevie Nicks. The author focuses on how the members met, started out, struggled with songwriting, their performances, and he especially liked to go into great detail about Stevie’s wardrobe. Every time the author talks about a tour he elaborates on every article of clothing Stevie wore for each performance. I found it repetitive and tiresome. ...more
NightmareMaven
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
I want to give it a 5-star rating just because I love Stevie Nicks....but you get all the way to the end to find out this is unauthorized and the author basically just Googled all this information. Shame.
Dorie
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music-music-bio
Gold Dust Woman:The Biography of Stevie Nicks🍒🍒🍒🍒
By Stephen Davis
2017
St Martin's press

I truly enjoyed this biography. Stephen Davis, for me, has a style of writing that is personal and makes me feel like I know the subject and understand them. It makes this a fun and memorable read.
I have been a fan of Stevie Nicks, and loved her music and mystique. Her legend and talent, her ability to persevere and always move forward, and her love of music are inspiring.
This bio delves into her past relation
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Emerald
Reading this was like a walk down memory lane for me. I've always been a fan of Fleetwood Mac and grew up listening to them. Landslide is my favorite recording of Nicks and Fleetwood Mac and many others. There were so many famous bands and music titles I recognized. I was really surprised to find out that most of her songs that she wrote were about her intimate friendships and relationships in her professional and personal life. This struck me as odd that she didn't find inspiration from other s ...more
Jacquelyn Merryfield
I wanted to read this because of my love for Stevie's music, with Fleetwood Mac and her solo work. Her voice is captivating to me and some of her work is on my Favorites of All Time playlist.

Having grown up much later than when she was popular, I didn't know much about her or her band's story. I was disappointed to find out Fleetwood Mac was a band before (and really after) Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined them. It seems inauthentic as a "fan" to have them join an already accomplished
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Amanda
While I liked this biography, I did not care for the narrator on the audible version I listened to which took away from the story a bit. Her constant attempts to imitate the voices of the characters in the story, especially the deep voiced British Mick Fleetwood drove me crazy. The book could have also been titled Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks and History of the Song Rhiannon (the many ways it was sang, where, when, and why it was sang), and I grew slightly tired of the (at one po ...more
Amy
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredibly thorough & comprehensive considering it's an unauthorized biography. Recommended for lifelong fans of Stevie but it may be too much for casual fans of Nicks & Fleetwood Mac. A lot of the insight & quotes shared in this book were obtained when the author was working on an authorized biography of Mick Fleetwood so although this one is unauthorized, there was band participation in the form of interviews in the late 80's resulting in authentic quotes obtained by the author instead of rely ...more
Sarah Beck
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stevie Nicks is my absolute favorite singer, songwriter, performer, and all around person in general, so I definitely took forever to finish this book on purpose, because it's the best Stevie biography I've ever read. Stevie has said that she hasn't written her own memoirs because she's loyal and knows too much, and wouldn't want to hurt anyone by spilling secrets, but this book is a fantastic record of her life, feelings, failures, accomplishments, and incredible star power. I'd recommend it to ...more
Andrea
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Interesting since I didn’t know very much about Stevie Nicks to begin with but the fact that it was an unauthorized biography often seemed glaring. It would have been a much better book if the subject had actually been involved.
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Stephen Davis is is a rock journalist and biographer, having written numerous bestsellers on rock bands, including the smash hit Hammer of the Gods. He lives in Boston.

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