Fireworks

Zoë Howe - 'Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/e1/8f/79/Stevie-Nicks-Visions-Dreams-Rumours-81-1436299928.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     July 05, 2015    
13964   0   1   0   0   0

An essential read.

Published by: Omnibus Press

Although initially daunting as a four hundred page plus hardback book, this turned out to be an easy read because of Zoë Howe's entertaining writing style and most importantly the subject matter.

The story of the making of 'Rumours' is pretty well known with a number of TV programmes dedicated to it, but less well known is the early career of Stevie Nicks in Fritz and then Buckingham Nicks and the book covers this period in depth as well.

Moving on to her stellar career in Fleetwood Mac, examples of the angst between the members of the band are discussed to death. It would appear from the book that Lindsey Buckingham was not happy about her success as a key song-writer even though he had to "fix" her songs with his superior musicianship. This is very much a paraphrase of long sections of the book devoted to the love/hate love story of the ultimate Rock 'n' Roll couple but you get the picture.

Excess, hangers-on, an affair with married Mick Fleetwood, betrayal by friends etc. etc. are aspects of Nicks' far from normal life which at the same time resulted in the making of two great albums – 'Fleetwood Mac' and 'Rumours' – one distinctive disjointed album 'Tusk' and one not so special 'Mirage'.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Nicks' solo career – starting with 1980's 'Bella Donna' – is given a good airing and it is a pretty successful career, especially in the U.S. The end of the 'Tusk' tour which resulted in Nicks recording with Jimmy Iovine in a far more efficient way than FM at the time could ever dream of. Support from Tom Petty and his band plus master pianist Roy Bittan resulted in Nicks' having a musical backdrop with which she could sprinkle her fairy dust over her songs that she treated as her children. The low points of her solo career with her addiction to prescribed pills are very sad but of course the book closes with her triumphant upturn following the reformation of the Mac and a successful solo box-set release.

The book has a nice approach to the start of each chapter where it includes "factlets" about Nicks or FM that whets the appetite for what is later described in detail. As for sources; the book includes excerpts from previous biographies and autobiographies such as Mick Fleetwood's and various magazine interviews. Howe has put the pieces together well, stamped her own view and has included some interesting photos of Nicks and FM to boot; an essential read.

Rob McKenzie

Share this on the web.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  November 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930     

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month ago
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!
  • Hysteria : GREAT MAGAZINE! Keep on rockin' guys!!!
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #95 is out now!
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Many thanks for your purchase, pls. check your mail.
  • Paul wiv : I have bought issue 89 on download but it has not appeared on my account
  • Berny : @pomper: BOTH of your mails were forwarded to the Fireworks Team, please contact me directly at «email» should you still haven’t received a reply.
  • bpomper : trying to confirm my fireworks 94 order with no answer from team rocktopia??
  • bpomper : i ordered fireworks number 94 but never got a conformation other than my paypal receipt. can you confirm it went out. i have transaction id if you need it
  • Berny : @ALL: Should you have any questions about your Fireworks orders, pls. contact me directly at «email»
  • Berny : Hi @Stuey6666: You are using two user names on Rocktopia. All current orders were assigned to your second account, pls. check your mail again.
  • Stuey6666 : Hi Berny - ordered 4 issues last week - still not arrived - have checked spam etc not there. cheers stu
  • Berny : @Adolfo: I've also just sent you the magazine via WeTransfer. But please check you junk mail folder, the mail was definitely sent earlier today.
  • Berny : Hi @Adolfo: Have you already checked your spam folder? If the mail cannot be found, pls. contact me at «email»
  • Adolfo : «email»
  • Adolfo : My e - mail
  • Adolfo : I don't have any e - mail.
  • Berny : @Adolfo: Pls. check your e - mail for download instructions.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site