Ask your mom who Stevie Nicks is, and she might fill
you in on the heyday of rock and roll decadence, her signature twirls,
and famous love affairs. (My mom likes to dreamily recount the days of
her youth, when she dressed like Nicks in flowing black chiffon and
platform boots.) But Nicks is not just an influence for your parents’
If you’re a millennial woman looking for advice on
life, love, work, and everything in between, look no further. Here are
eight reasons why Nicks might just be your new (to you, anyway) rock and
Nicks has been a source for young women rockers since the ’90s, with famous friends like Sheryl Crowe and Courtney Love citing her as a source for inspiration and advice
not only musically, but in life, as well. These days she serves as a
mentor to the next generation of gold dust women, from Vanessa Carlton
(she’s given her input on many of Carlton’s albums and even officiated her wedding in 2013) to Tavi Gevinson to the sisters of Haim.
And she encourages everyone to follow their dreams.
story is a highlight of the concert, as she recalls the “vision of
success” she had the first time she visited the Velvet Underground, a
famed clothing store in San Francisco that famous female rockers like
Janis Joplin and Grace Slick frequented. She spent most of her twenties struggling
with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham to make it, working as a
waitress and cleaning lady to get by. But she stuck with her passion,
and urges everyone to do the same. In today’s crazy world, it’s
refreshing to hear someone so successful encourage you to dream and not
She’s open about her past and drug use.
Part of the allure of Fleetwood Mac was their infamous drug use
throughout most of the ‘70s. But Nicks is known for having burned a hole
through her septum through excess, and she isn’t shy to admit it. She
also doesn’t sugarcoat her eight year addiction to prescription drug Klonopin following cocaine detox.
“Save your money,” she advises
anyone on a similar path (via an interview on OWN), “because it’s gonna
cost you $50,000 to go to rehab, because you will have to go or you
She doesn’t apologize for being single or childless.
There is a notion that, should a woman choose a career over a
relationship or children, her life is incomplete. Nicks is very vocal
about her decision to “follow her muse” and not let a man tie her down,
inspiring other women to acknowledge that it’s not selfish to admit they
might not be up for the whole wife-and-mother thing. As she told the New York Times in 2014:
“It would be fun if I could find a
boyfriend who understood my life and didn’t get his feelings hurt
because I’m always a phone call away from having to leave in two hours
for New York or a phone call away from having to do interviews all day
long. It’s not very much fun to be Mr. Stevie Nicks. […] If it were to
happen to me I’d be thrilled. But when I’m 90 years old and sitting in a
gloriously beautiful beach house somewhere on this planet with five or
six Chinese Crested Yorkies, surrounded by all my goddaughters who will
at that point be middle-aged, I’ll be just as happy.”
She’s a fervent feminist and speaks out about of women’s rights.
Nicks is pretty fearless, and one thing she’s definitely not afraid
of is the F word: feminism. The singer rose to fame in the ‘70s, when
rock and roll was mostly a boy’s club, and she pushed to change the
perception that women should be treated as anything less than.
“We fought very hard for feminism, for women’s rights,” Nicks said at a SXSW talkin 2013.
“What I’m seeing today is a very opposite thing. I don’t know why, but I
see women being put back in their place. And I hate it. We’re losing
all we worked so hard for, and it really bums me out.”
She’s also stated her support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, saying that there are no great standout male candidates
in either party — Hillary’s “the one.” Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” was
Bill’s campaign song in 1992, so maybe we’ll see Nicks back Clinton
with a tune or two.
She remains authentic and true to herself.
The legendary singer lives in a world of magic and mysticism that she
has created. You will never catch her passing up her signature black
chiffon, ornate shawls, and platform boots for jeans and a tee shirt.
She will never stop writing about witches and ghosts and fairytale
Kim Kardashian may have just released a book of selfies,
but Nicks beat her to it. Nicks has been taking elaborate self
portraits since 1975. Most of them went into shoeboxes, never to be seen
again. That is, until October, when Nicks unveiled an entire gallery show of stunning old Polaroids to accompany the release of an album of new studio recordings of old demos from the same time period.
At 67, she shows that women “of a certain age” aren’t going anywhere.
If anything, the past few years have been some of the biggest and
busiest in Nicks’s career. She’s been honored as a BMI Icon for her
songwriting, given a USO Achievement Award for her charity work with recovering soldiers, cameoed on American Horror Story, released a new album, and embarked on a year-long world tour with Fleetwood Mac.
For several nights a week, she powers through a three hour set list,
twirling, dancing, and shaking her tambourine without pause. She may be
67 today, but don’t expect her to slow down anytime soon.