After a ten year hiatus legendary songwriter Stevie Nicks is back with her latest album “In Your Dreams” and a rockumentary, produced by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, of the same name. “When you see it you are going to be living in my world for one hour and forty minutes,” said Nicks during our recent interview. The ‘gypsy’ is in the Hamptons this weekend for the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival. We sat down with her at The Maidstone on a gorgeous fall afternoon to get the scoop.
“It was the best year of my life! I have never had so much fun in my life,” exclaimed Nicks as we sat in the garden and talked about nail polish a bit before our interview officially began. She prefers OPI Big Apple Red and does her nails herself saying as we settled in, “If I wasn’t doing this I’d be a manicurist!”
Mike Ragogna: Stevie, how are you?
Stevie Nicks: Good, how are you?
MR: Pretty good, thanks. Stevie, you have a new documentary that’s going to be premiering on October 7th at Hamptons International Film Festival. The name of you new documentary with Dave Stewart is In Your Dreams, that title also having been the name of the last album. Obviosuly, this was an important album for you.
SN: This was an important album. This was an album that I probably was never going to make, because after I did Trouble in Shangri-La that came out in 2001, I went out on the road with Fleetwood Mac for a couple of years and then in 2005, I was going to make a record. I came off the road with Fleetwood Mac and that’s kind of what I’ve always done. I do my whole thing with Fleetwood Mac, and it was like a year and a half for Say You Will, and then I was going to make a record. I really got very depressed feedback from everyone in the business around me, which was like, “You know what, the business is so screwed up that really, right now, you just shouldn’t bother.” It wasn’t just my manager, it was everybody. It was like I’d tripped and fallen down the stairs. It was a really bad moment in my life, and I said, “Okay.” That’s really not like me, but with the whole internet piracy and everything, I don’t have a computer, I didn’t have one then, but I knew that was coming ten years ago. I knew that that was going to start to destroy the music business, and I was like, “Oh, my God, it’s happening, it’s even happening to me.”
Music Collaborator, Documentarian and Former Eurythmics Mastermind Dave Stewart Reveals Intimate Portrait of Grammy Winning Legend
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – Sep 26, 2012) – Rock legend Stevie Nicks in collaboration with musical wizard Dave Stewart have co-produced and co-directed ”In Your Dreams – Stevie Nicks,” a documentary portrait of the illusive Nicks as they embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed album “In Your Dreams.” The film will premiere at the 35th International Hamptons Film Festival on Sunday, October 7th and at the 20th annual Mill Valley Film Festival on Friday, October 12thwhich has already sold out.
Nicks, a multi Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, lead singer and emotional catalyst and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac and one of the most recognizable female rock stars and revered songwriters in the world, allowed cameras into her home as she holed up in a magical old mansion high atop the hills of Los Angeles with Stewart and a wild cast of characters. The vibrant documentary tracks the year (2010) which Nicks calls “the best year of my life.” The result is a rare study of a fascinating artist on par with D. A. Pennebaker’s classic Dylan documentary “Don’t Look Back” or Madonna’s notorious “Truth or Dare.”
Stewart and Nicks, co-directors of the film, also co-wrote many of the songs on “In Your Dreams.” The inner life of the legendary Nicks has by her design long been kept at a distance from the public. We learn in “Dreams” that her world features, costume parties, joyous dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing songwriting and recording sessions all of which are captured on film. Also cameos by Edgar Allan Poe, Mick Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, a massive white stallion in the backyard, owls and naturally a few vampires who appear in several “home movie” style music videos.
Along with tracking the Nicks/Stewart creative partnership, “In Your Dreams” includes plenty of other cinematic payoffs including rare never before seen personal scrapbook stills from Nicks’ childhood and family life, and a wealth of candid backstage and performance shots taken over the last 35 years.
Nicks, who has sold millions of records as a solo artist, writer of such iconic songs as “Landslide,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Edge of 17,” is regularly cited by stars as diverse as Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Courtney Love, Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks and John Mayer as an iconic favorite and heroine and is a continuous inspiration to the world’s top fashion designers.
“I think you see in this film that Stevie just tells it like it is. She is who she is, and she doesn’t change,” commented Stewart.
“In Your Dreams – Stevie Nicks” Hamptons Film Festival – Sunday, October 7th at 3pm Sag Harbor Cinema
“In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks” Mill Valley Film Festival - Friday, October 12th at 6:30pm at Smith Raphael Film Center
For more information on the Hamptons Film Festival, please go to www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.
For more information about the Mill Valley Film Festival, please go to www.millvalleyfilmfestival.com.
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