Sweet Dreams - Stevie Nicks Interview

Back after a decade
Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks is back after a a decade - and it’s all thanks to Dave Stewart.

It’s been ten years since Stevie Nicks released a solo record. Now sixty-three, it seemed her fans would have to be content with seeing her on stage performing Fleetwood Mac hits.

But energised by a new creative partnership with ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart, she’s put Fleetwood Mac on hold (only temporarily) and says making ‘In Your Dreams’ was the best year of her life.  

Sat in her luxurious Miami suite overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Stevie is showing Clash her precious journal in which she keeps all her poetry.

“See I write down everything,” she says in her famous husky voice. “Poems, notes, drawings. These books are my life story and all my songs starts in here.”

As her beloved pet Yorkshire terrier Sulamith yaps at our feet, she tells Clash about the making the album she describes as her career’s best.
 
It’s been ten years since 2001’s ‘Trouble In Shangri-La’, why now?
When we came off the road from Fleetwood Mac’s Say You Will tour in 2005, I was going to make a record but I was told not to bother by the powers that be. Everybody was depressed by the downturn in the music industry and I was not the fighter I usually am. I just believed what they said, that no-one would want to hear a Stevie Nicks album and went with it. But after the Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits tour, I got my confidence back and decided I was going to hit the ground running the second I got home, and start an album and that’s what I did. I needed to do it for my soul as I’ve always made a record every couple of years.

So how did Dave Stewart get involved as co-writer and producer?
I went home and called him and he sent me a song called ‘Everybody Loves You’ and asked me to write the verses. Then he came to my house and I played him the verses and before we knew it we were making a record. We didn’t even talk about it, we just started making it. He just said: “I’ll be back Wednesday.” It only took six months to record.

So were you good friends anyway?
Not really, but we’d met a long time ago. He sent me his song ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’ but it ended up being Tom Petty’s. I missed my chance with that song and I was furious but I understood that was destiny.

This album marks the first time you’ve ever co-written with anyone. Why Dave and how did it happen?
I sent him a book with forty poems and he picked a poem called ‘You May Be The One’. We had a mic hanging over the table and started and it was very easy. We wrote it in an hour. I don’t know how that happened. It’s never happened to me before. And he doesn’t have much ego so he could look in my face and know if I didn’t like a chord and stop. We stayed loyal to each poem. This is a serious writer’s record.

And you filmed the making of the album?
Yes, because the whole experience was so special. At first I wasn’t sure as it meant I would have to wear make-up every day. But then I thought about the Tom Petty documentary Runnin’ Down A Dream. It’s spectacular and will be here forever. I realised the importance of these films is they will still be here long after we’ve gone. When I’m no longer here it’s something to remember me by.

You seem in a good place after making this record. What does it mean to you?
Making this record has been the best year of my life without a doubt. It’s been the most fun, satisfying and the most magical. Dave believed in me and saw something in my poetry. I keep all my poems in my journals and lock them away. They are the start of everything.

Is there a lyrical theme going through the album?
It is about love but in a different way. In 2001 when I was on the road with ‘Trouble In Shangri La’ we were  in New York when 9/11 happened. It was horrific but it proved how much love people had, rallying around to help people suffering. Writing this album has erased the horrificness of that time. 
 
Words by Jacqui Swift

‘In Your Dreams’ is out now on Reprise. ‘Rumours’ is re-released in the Autumn.

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