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New biography tracks Stevie Nicks' journey


The mantra of the 1970s—sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll—echoes throughout "Gold Dust Woman," an unauthorized biography of Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, released today.

Author Stephen Davis, whose previous books include ruminations on the Rolling Stones, Carly Simon and Led Zeppelin, takes a second-hand news approach to chronicling the life of Nicks, now 69. He sifts through a trove of interviews and press clippings to piece together what Publishers Weekly describes as a "candid, energetic" portrait of the free-spirited singer-songwriter and solo artist.

In addition to recounting Nicks' childhood in Phoenix and California, "Gold Dust Woman" traces the arc of a career that began in earnest when 22-year-old Nicks met guitarist and future husband Lindsey Buckingham. A chance encounter with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1974 resulted in an invitation to join Fleetwood Mac.

The end result: unimaginable success, peppered with cocaine galore and affairs with the likes of Fleetwood, Don Henley and Joe Walsh.

"Gold Dust Woman," says Kirkus Review, is "an entertaining rock biography, even if you're a take-it-or-leave-it fan of the singer."

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