In promoting a new documentary about the making of her first solo album in more than a decade, former Fleetwood Mac singer returns to the Bay Area, where she spent some of her most crazy and creative years.
When you listen to Stevie Nicks’ new album, In Your Dreams, sit on a couch with two huge speakers at your side – hopefully in front of a fireplace – pour yourself a glass of port, and take it in from start to finish.
That’s the request Nicks made after the screening of her self-produced documentary Friday night during the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival. The film chronicles the year she spent recording her first solo alum in more than a decade, with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, who joined Nicks on stage at the sold-out Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.
Nicks’ ties to the Bay Area run deep. She lived in San Francisco from 1968 to 1971, and recorded the renowned Fleetwood Mac album Rumours at the former Record Plant in Sausalito during a stretch that had the group regularly piling into the studio’s outdoor hot tub.
For this latest album, the magic happened at Nicks’ own mansion in Pacific Palisades – although the 64-year-old rock ‘n’ roll icon actually lives with her dog in a one-bedroom condo a few minutes away. With people like Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and ‘her girls,’ backup singers Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks, all together under one roof, for Nicks it became “the moments that I live for.”
“I really wanted it to go on forever,” she said. Documenting the experience has been a way for her to relive it, and she also hopes it influences up and coming musicians about how much fun the process of creating an album can be.
“We are the teachers,” she said. “And it’s important in this day and age that all the kids who are following us need to know how to do it – and do it right.”
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