Stevie Nicks to appear in The Defiant Ones doc

Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and U2‘s Bono and are among the music stars who will appear in a new four-part documentary titled The Defiant Ones, which explores the relationship between rapper and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder and producer Jimmy Iovine. The four-part film, which will premiere on HBO in 2017, will feature interviews with those artists and many others.

The Defiant Ones will be directed by Allen Hughes, whose credits include Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. The documentary also will include previously unseen footage of recording and writing sessions featuring Springsteen, Petty, U2, Stevie Nicks and others.

The Defiant Ones has everything you expect in a great story — drama and humor, tragedy and triumph,” says HBO executive Casey Bloys in a statement.

The Defiant Ones also will feature appearances by entertainment mogul David Geffen, Springsteen manager Jon Landau, No Doubt‘s Gwen Stefani, Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor and rap stars Eminen, Nas, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and N.W.A.

ABC News Radio / December 12, 2016
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Stevie Nicks, just following her muse

Stevie Nicks: "If I’ve learned nothing else it’s that time passes and anger doesn’t do you much good." Here, she arrived at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in January. (Photo: Robyn Beck / Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Stevie Nicks: “If I’ve learned nothing else it’s that time passes and anger doesn’t do you much good.” Here, she arrived at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in January. (Photo: Robyn Beck / Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

During her 40-year career as a member of Fleetwood Mac and a solo artist, the singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks has made more than 40 Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums. In Your Dreams, a documentary film about the making of her 2011 album of the same name, was recently released on DVD. Now 65, Ms. Nicks called from a rented house in Phoenix, her hometown. A condensed and edited version of our conversation follows. 

You just finished a tour with Fleetwood Mac, a band with a tumultuous personal history. How do you all get along now?

Mick Fleetwood and I are best friends. We were mad at each other for six months or a year after we broke up, and then were able to return to who we were before. My relationship with Lindsey Buckingham is never going to be that. When it’s all said and done and I’m 90 years old, maybe I’ll be able to figure that relationship out. John McVie I adore. I look after him as much as I can [Mr. McVie was given a diagnosis of cancer in October] and make sure he puts ice on his back.

Are you surprised that the band is still together?

Surprised? No. It’s a really great band.

How has your voice changed?

I had a lot of problems with my voice from 1975 to 1998. We were only just starting to use ear monitors, and we’d been using huge floor monitors that blast the sound back at you and you just scream over it. There were many bad nights onstage. Since 1998 I’ve been working with a vocal coach, Steve Real, and I’ve never had a problem onstage since.

Do you have a voice care regimen?

Three hours before I go on-stage I do a 40-minute vocal lesson. We go on at 8, which means I have to be done at 5, so from 3 to 3:30 I do the first part and between 4:30 and 5 I do the second part; 30 minutes and then 11 minutes. By the time I walk onstage at 8 o’clock, I’m ready to do 2 hours and 40 minutes.

So your voice is in better shape than it was 30 years ago?

Oh, yes. I tell all the young people I know that sing to get a vocal coach. You don’t have to take them on the road like I do. They’ll make you a tape, and you’ll become a better singer.

Why the 10-year wait between your last two solo albums?

After I made Trouble in Shangri-La, which came out in 2001, I started realizing that everything my manager was telling me about how the Internet was going to eventually kill the music business was true. Records as we knew them, records as concepts, as 12 songs in a row that were sequenced, where you may not like the fourth song but you let it play because you love the way the third song went into the fourth song and the way the fourth song went into the fifth song, were definitely ending. And that was heartbreaking. I was told that the best thing for me to do as an older rock ‘n’ roll singer would be to tour.

Eventually you made In Your Dreams.

Well, I saw this movie, “New Moon,” in the Twilight series, and I was very inspired by that story so I wrote a song about it called “Moonlight.” And I thought, I can’t just put out this one song so I guess I’m going to have to put out a record. I got off the Fleetwood Mac tour in 2009 and hit the ground running. I called Dave Stewart [formerly of the Eurythmics] probably two weeks after I got home and said I’m ready to make a record now.

You and Dave wrote songs together, which was a big change for you.

That’s probably one of the reasons it was the best year of my life. I always wished that I could write with people. I do write, in a way, with Mike Campbell [a sideman for Tom Petty], who sends me tracks. But he’s not there. So when the thing with Dave happened it was so out of the blue. We wrote seven songs in under three months, and recorded as we went, and my whole idea of songwriting changed. Dave Stewart doesn’t have an ego. He can read your mind. He can read your eyes. If you look the slightest bit like, “Oh, no,” he says, “Let’s go another way.” So you never have to have that pit in your stomach where you’re going, “O.K., when he finishes playing this song I’m going to have to say I hate it.”

You say in the documentary film about the making of In Your Dreams that recording “Soldier’s Angel” with Lindsey Buckingham marked a new beginning for the two of you. How so?

Because he was able to come to my house and walk into the world of Dave Stewart and Stevie Nicks, which is not the world of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. When he walked in the door he was surrounded by cashmere and hugs.

You recently appeared in the television show American Horror Story: Coven. What was that like?

It was pretty nerve-racking. I never, ever thought that I would ever do anything in the acting genre because I was in a play when I was in the fourth grade and I consider it the worst moment of my life. We got the script the day before and when my assistant read it out loud to me at 2 in the morning in New Orleans, I said I think I should get on a plane right now and go straight back to Los Angeles and hide out. I was almost in tears. But everyone was really understanding.

Will we see more of you onscreen?

There was a point toward the end of the first day where I’d sung “Rhiannon” like 25 times and they said O.K., one more time, and I’m like, are you insane? Now we have to get Jessica Lange and now we have to get the fireplace and, oh my god, these people work so much harder than I do. It’s hard for me to sit and wait.

The American Horror Story episode was called “The Magical World of Stevie Nicks.” Have magical things happened to you?

I believe that that first record going to No. 1 and making Lindsey and I millionaires at the end of the summer when I was a waitress at the beginning of the year was magical.

Is it true what you wrote in “Landslide,” that “time makes you bolder”?

I wrote “Landslide” in 1973, when I was 27, and I did already feel old in a lot of ways. I’d been working as a waitress and a cleaning lady for years. I was tired.

How do you feel now?

I’m extremely lucky. I’ve been in a famous band for a very long time and because of that I’ve taken very good care of myself, except for the eight years I was on Klonopin and I got really fat, but that wasn’t my fault. You have to keep yourself youthful. And I don’t mean looking 22 and going to plastic surgery and looking like a caricature of yourself, a stranger that nobody recognizes so that you can’t even get a table at a restaurant because you really don’t look like Stevie Nicks anymore. I wear the right clothes, age-appropriate clothes. But I can still do some of the things I could do when I was really young and pull it off as a 65-year-old chick.

You got a lot of attention in the press when you gained weight.

I just kind of went underground. Understand, I was on Klonopin. It’s a tranquilizer. You’re tranquil. I stayed home in a really beautiful house, watched a lot of TV, and ordered from Jerry’s deli. I went from 125 up to 173 pounds. I did a couple of tours and everyone talked about my weight, but I managed to do pretty good shows so people gave me that. One day I woke up and said, this doctor is insane. He’s a groupie who wanted to have me come in a couple times a month to talk about rock ‘n’ roll I learned a valuable lesson. Never trust doctors, ever. I called up my best friend and said come get me and take me to a hospital. I spent 45 days there and got over it.

You were prescribed Klonopin after completing rehab for cocaine addiction, right?

I had gotten out of Betty Ford three months before I went to see him and I was doing great. But everyone was worried I was going to start using cocaine again. So I lost eight years of my life. Think of what could have happened during those eight years. I might have gotten married, I might have had a baby, I certainly would have made more albums.

You must be furious with that doctor.

If I was driving a car and he was crossing the street I might run over him.

How do you manage your anger?

If I’ve learned nothing else it’s that time passes and anger doesn’t do you much good. Something that seems really bad today is going to be better next week. And things you think are never going to go away soften with time. When things happen that upset me I try to do something that makes me happy.

Like what?

Right now I put on Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and dance around the house.

What else makes you happy?

Writing. When I write I go into my own world.

Do you spend a lot of time in your own world?

I’m single, I don’t have children, and I’ve never been married except for three months a long time ago. And that doesn’t matter; It wasn’t a marriage of reality. I live a single woman’s life and yes, I spend a lot of time by myself. I have a few very close friends, most of them I’ve known forever, and I kind of like it. Would I be willing to have a boyfriend? It would be fun if I could find a boyfriend who understood my life and didn’t get his feelings hurt because I’m always a phone call away from having to leave in two hours for New York or a phone call away from having to do interviews all day long. It’s not very much fun to be Mr. Stevie Nicks. In the last 10 years I’ve just said I’m going to follow my muse. If I want to go somewhere I don’t have to worry about anyone being mad at me. I don’t have to make up excuses on the phone about why I’m not coming home. If it were to happen to me I’d be thrilled. But when I’m 90 years old and sitting in a gloriously beautiful beach house somewhere on this planet with five or six Chinese Crested Yorkies, surrounded by all my goddaughters who will at that point be middle-aged, I’ll be just as happy.

Can you imagine a time when Fleetwood Mac will come to an end?

It will probably become less physical and involve less travel. But I don’t see Fleetwood Mac ever really stopping.

Joan Anderman / The Creative Mid-Life – New York Times / Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Joan Anderman, a former music critic for The Boston Globe, writes a blog,, that explores, among other things, how artists change and adapt as they age.

Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood to appear @ UK In Your Dreams premiere

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks will be joined by Fleetwood Mac members Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood for the premiere of her new documentary In Your Dreams.

Taking place at the Curzon Mayfair, London on Monday 16th September, Nicks will also be joined by Dave Stewart who collaborated with her on the documentary. The film opens just ahead of Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 World Tour which kicks off in Dublin on 20th September.

The premiere will be introduced by journalist Craig MacLean who will host a Q&A with Nicks before the screening.

The synopsis for In Your Dreams is:

Co-produced and co-directed by Dave Stewart, “In Your Dreams shows the up close and personal musical journey that the two artists embarked on in Nicks’ Los Angeles home as they wrote and recorded an album during what Nicks called “the greatest year of my life”. Nicks felt compelled to share the joyful experience with her fans on what she termed “the day the circus came to town”. The record was co-written by Nicks and Stewart and produced by Stewart and Glen Ballard.

A multi Grammy Award winning artist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Nicks allowed cameras inside her magical old mansion high atop the hills of LA with a wild cast of musicians and friends. 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, elaborate dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing song writing and recording sessions all of which are captured on film. There are 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.

In addition to the story of the Nicks / Stewart creative partnership, “In Your Dreams” has 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. The documentary was produced by Dave Stewart’s production company, Weapons of Mass Entertainment.

Pip Ellwood / Entertainment Focus / Wednesday, September 4, 2013


STEVIE NICKS IN YOUR DREAMS will be available for digital purchase in the UK in September!

Buy it now! (US/Canada only)

STEVIE NICKS IN YOUR DREAMS (digital format only) can be purchased at iTunes or directly from Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart at for $9.99. It can also be rented or purchased from and via XFINITY On Demand. Regional restrictions for purchases and rentals may apply.


Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart talks about his new film with Stevie Nicks


Over their respective careers, Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart have accomplished more than just about anyone else in rock ‘n’ roll. Nicks, as both a solo artist and a driving force behind Fleetwood Mac, continues to captivate audiences young and not so young (including much of the Refinery29 staff), while Stewart’s work with the Eurythmics, as well as his career as a producer and activist, has kept him in the limelight for more than three decades. Considering their histories, when we heard that Stewart would be working with Nicks on her latest solo album, we were more than a little bit excited. What we didn’t know is that Stewart and Nicks had decided to film the whole process.

The result is In Your Dreams, a documentary that serves as a time capsule for the months the two spent writing and recording the 2011 album of the same name in Nicks’ beautiful California home. The film shows what it’s like to have two icons (and friends) throwing ideas back and forth, arguing about creative decisions and shaping the sound of the record. Along the way, there are guest appearances by Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Reese Witherspoon, who helped contribute to the album. We caught up with Stewart to talk about working with Nicks, recording the album, and staying inspired. If you’re interested, you can purchase the film from iTunes here.

Was it hard to get used to the constant presence of the cameras during the recording process?

“No, not once I’d established how omnipresent they were. And also nowadays, there are these great, very small cameras. Sometimes we’d set up cameras on tripods, and they’d capture hours of unusable stuff, but then you’d capture magic moments.”

Was there any moment in particular that you were amazed you had captured?

“There were loads, actually. I loved watching how spot on and focused Stevie was. All these nuances that captured her focus. A lot of artists don’t particularly want cameras, but in that sense, she was surprisingly open. It was pretty amazing.”

In the documentary, you mention that you’ve been filming for much of your life, but Stevie also has a directing credit.

“I sort of suggested she had a directing credit, [because of her role in] the editing process. She was devouring information. I think because of that it took a lot longer because, interestingly enough, she wanted to [be involved] with the editing process.”

Stevie called making the record “the greatest year of my life.” Do you have the same fondness for that period of time?

“Oh yeah. A lot of people who make films — actors, actresses, directors — describe it like they were in the Air Force or the Army. You do get a great fondness for the people. There is a camaraderie and understanding that you’re doing it together. And I think Stevie loved that. [Before] she was making albums in studios or touring nonstop. Then her life wasn’t so much [about] fun and creating. It was more her on her own writing songs and poems and things like that. So, it opened her eyes up to an album that was just creating.”

How do you stay inspired to make new music after so many years in the industry?

“I think it might be a creative gene. The idea not to create has never entered my head. It doesn’t have to be for me. It could be photography or design — all sorts of different ways. Or it could be working with somebody else who is creating something. That’s just what I do.”

Considering how well the album went, do you think you and Stevie will work together on another album?

“Yeah, sure. I’m sure there will be more collaborative ideas. The world is changing so fast, so I’m not sure how much longer the word ‘album’ will be around, but there will always be music. There will be [more] collaborations because we get on so well.”

Is there a moment in film that encapsulates the time you spent together making the record?

“There’s a bit in the end credits where they are blasting ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ out of the stereo. It’s the end of shooting, and we’re both singing at the top of our voices, and camera pans back and you see all the crew and her friends, and everyone is laughing and having a really good time.”

Nathan Reese / Refinery29 / Wednesday, July 3, 2013

OUT NOW: Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams doc with bonus footage

Buy the exclusive, DRM-free edition of Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams with two additional scenes for $9.99 directly from filmmakers Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart. Preview these bonus scenes by viewing this exclusive photo gallery.

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Fans can now now buy a special digital edition of Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams with two additional scenes for $9.99 directly from filmmakers Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart. The DRM (digital rights management) free edition features the two bonus scenes “A Sneak Peek” and “The Industrial Disco.” A gallery of these scenes is shown above.

For fans seeking a more traditional format, a future DVD release is tentatively in the works.

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams makes Video-On-Demand premiere July 1

Exclusive download will feature never-before-seen bonus footage from the film.

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams

Virgil Films will offer a digital download release of one of the musical cinematic events of the season, Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, which is being issued on the heels of the film’s recent successful theatrical run. Starting July 1 fans will be able to download a version directly from the filmmakers (Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart) at

This exclusive download will feature never-before-seen bonus footage from the film. Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams will also make its VOD premiere through cable and digital retailers across the country on July 1.

The doc is an intimate portrait of Stevie Nicks, the Grammy-winning artist and member of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac, as she creates an album with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame. Co-produced and co-directed by Nicks and Stewart, the film goes behind the scenes as Nicks and Stewart embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed album In Your Dreams.

Artists Direct / Thursday, June 20, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks In Your DreamsFilm about Stevie Nicks is less a documentary, more a love-in

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

  • Two and a half stars out of five
  • Documentary
  • Starring: Stevie Nicks, Dave Stewart
  • Directed by Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart
  • Running time: 100 minutes
  • Parental guidance: language
  • Playing at: Cinéma du Parc, Friday to Monday

MONTREAL — The Fleetwood Mac concert scheduled for Tuesday at the Bell Centre has been cancelled. So, about the only way local fans will now be able to catch Mac member Stevie Nicks, the raspy, enigmatic, Grammy Award-winning singer, is through the magic of celluloid: the documentary In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks, opening Friday and running only until Monday at Cinéma du Parc.

But Mac fans be warned: this doc doesn’t focus on the fab foursome, but rather on the collaboration between Nicks and former Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart in the production of Nicks’s solo disc In Your Dreams — released to mostly glowing reviews two years ago.

Nicks and Stewart are also credited as co-directors and co-executive producers of this film. Which means that they let viewers in on the pop-music world they wish them to see, and not necessarily the warts-and-all pop-music world that an outside director might have depicted.

As such, the doc begins with gushing testimony from a gaggle of Nicks fans who declare, among other things, that she is one of the greatest voices of our times. No doubt. Certainly, her distinctive vocal stylings helped elevate such Mac tunes as Gypsy, Landslide and Rhiannon to iconic status. And certainly several cuts on In Your Dreams will probably stand the test of time, too.

Point is, Nicks’s vocals speak for themselves. There is no need for gratuitous aggrandizement and grandstanding here.

But it seems that Nicks adores herself as much as her fans do. Which means that those not as intensely fanatic about Nicks could have difficulty with aspects of this documentary love-in.

This same group of observers could also have difficulty with a level of Nicks’s pomposity, particularly when it comes to her comparing herself to Bob Dylan as a writer. She also has the gall to inform management at the hotel in Italy where she is staying that the poem she penned while there and is presenting them will have immeasurable cultural value down the road.

Nicks has much to be proud of without having to hammer us over the head about her ability as a singer and songwriter. At 65, she remains a vital force and can compose and croon with the best of them. Probably because she is one of the very few women of her epoch still cranking it out, she feels compelled to blow her own horn — particularly when it is the senior Jaggers and McCartneys of the pop world who seem to get most of the press for their ability to endure and to continue to pack the big rooms.

Maybe there is an element of truth when Nicks proclaims at the beginning of the doc that she and Stewart have decided to “defy” the recording industry, to bring out a disc, “from our tribe to yours,” that will remind people of the grand old ways of the business — evidently a more pure and noble period in the last century when those in the biz were all saints.

But this rant really starts to veer off the deep end. This is the kind of poppycock rock talk that could induce projectile hurling among the squeamish.

Sure, between Nicks’s solo and group efforts with Fleetwood Mac in that period, more than 140 million albums were sold. But lest we forget: those hazy, crazy years were fairly turbulent for Nicks, who had to overcome major drug-dependency issues and who, rumour had it, had been associated with witchcraft.

Stewart, for his part, talks of the obvious pairing between him and Nicks. They have both recovered from relationships, romantic and musical. In his case, it was his Eurythmics mate Annie Lennox. In her case, it was Lindsey Buckingham, with whom she split romantically but with whom she still works both on the solo and Fleetwood Mac fronts.

Stewart rhapsodizes how he stumbled into this “labyrinth cave” that is Stevie Nicks. It’s actually quite the palatial estate “somewhere in Southern California” — as pointed out in the film. Evidently, Stewart has been into filming stuff ever since finding a gold chain on the street and exchanging it for a video camera at an Australian pawnshop.

So when Nicks gave Stewart some of her poetic musings, it was decided they transform them to music and that he capture it all on film.

Nicks takes a back seat to no one. The camera picks up occasional sniping when a producer has the temerity to tell her a lyric isn’t working for him. “Would you tell Bob Dylan what to write?” she asks, almost incredulously.

Nicks also makes it abundantly clear that Edgar Allan Poe is a big influence. In fact, she brings an adaptation of Poe’s 1839 poem Annabel Lee (about eternal love beyond the grave) — which she wrote when she was 17 — out of the vault to bring to musical life in In Your Dreams. Her hope is that it will turn kids on to the mystical poetry of Poe. Nice thought, even though it comes off as a tad too pretentious.

On the other hand, credit Nicks for coming to the aid of wounded U.S. soldiers and contributing to Hurricane Katrina relief. She does have heart.

What this doc doesn’t and should reveal is what drove her from the beginning. All we really learn in one small tidbit is that her grandfather, a struggling country singer, played a role in her musical life.

There is probably much more and much less to the life and times of Stevie Nicks than what is presented in this picture. But it will take someone else to bring that story to the screen.

Bill Brownstein, / Montreal Gazette / Thursday, June 13, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks In Your DreamsBy Stoogeypedia  / Geeks of Doom
Friday May 17th, 2013

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

  • Directed by Stevie Nicks & Dave Stewart
  • Starring Stevie Nicks, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Ann Marie Calhoun
  • Virgil Films
  • Release date: May 14, 2013 (VOD)

Stevie Nicks, the singer/songwriter who has thrilled and delighted legions of fans for over 40 years now by way of her stint in Fleetwood Mac and her also successful solo career, now has a documentary on the process of making her album, entitled Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, available now for instant digital download on iTunes and through On Demand.

The Grammy-winning and legendary artist, responsible for so many chart successes and radio hits with Fleetwood Mac like “Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Gypsy,” “Landslide,” and songs like “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” as a solo act, still tours and is still regarded as one of the top-shelf musicians of that genre of all time. Her fan base still boils over today with a passion and fervor for her, she gives off the kind of heat and adoration which many of her audience (especially women), still absorb. She’s kind of a hero, muse, and inspiration all at once to them, in her style, her slapdash, post-hippie, post-Janis Joplin kind of fashion sense, and her art.

Now comes the film, which had premiered in LA on March 30th and played to almost 100 markets since then, to positive success. Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, directed by Nicks and ex-Eurythmics steam engine/musician Dave Stewart, shows the making of an album between the two of them, titled In Your Dreams, and it does so in a rather rich visual manner. Eschewing the standardized kind of low-rent, slap it together visual accoutrements which are usually the procedure when these “making of” documentaries are presented, there’s a lush, cinematic tone which hovers over the proceedings.

Stewart mentions at the beginning of the doc that he has a penchant for filmmaking and it shows here, at times the star is the work of the cinematographer as we see beauty visuals surrounding the making of this record, punctuated by the music created by the two. With co-producer Glen Ballard in tow, best known for his production of Alanis Morrisette’s mid 1990s ode to irony and twisted love and anguish, Jagged Little Pill, the triad collaborates and we see the process from the songs from embryonic state to somewhat fruition, with Nicks charting the ship, steering it, tightening the screws and gently giving her opinions.

There’s also lots of back slapping and metaphoric gushing and hugging and all that, and Fleetwood Mac members (and former lovers of Nicks) Lindsay Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood making the expected appearances, as does actress Reese Witherspoon, which at times takes away from the proceedings and puts it more in the vanity project department, which no doubt this also is. After all, Nicks has a hand in not only the direction, but the production, obviously she’s the star, the focus, the focal point, and the musician and axis the entire thing is rotating around. But this kind of iron-clad control is something Nicks has always aspired to in her lengthy career; it’s the stuff of legend actually.

Nicks is a true diva who lives like one and is not ashamed or afraid to show it. In fact she celebrates it. In a way, she seems to enjoy the fact that she’s a larger than life public and artistic figure who waves her magic wand over the massive contingent of loyal fans who will go lengths to gush and cry for her or at least her image (as a quickly edited montage of them do in the very beginning of this doc, championing and singing the praises of this “gypsy”). It’s that adoration and control that seems to be the metaphoric oil and petrol that gives her the massive ilk to chug her way along in her career, especially now, in her sixties, still looking the same in a way physically, but in true essence, light years away from the real glory days of her first and arguable best success during the 1970s with Fleetwood Mac.

Nowadays, the trip for her is still successful, as she still tours incessantly with Mac and on her own, but it’s more like a revival in a sense and not a fresh approach at what she’s capable of. The fans don’t care or even see it this way of course, they are just happy to have Nicks around, and a Nicks product, regardless of what’s underneath when one looks beneath the floorboards.

The bottom line with this production is that it’s going to please Stevie Nicks fans no doubt, but it’s kind of strange to put together a making of a record that really in a way arguably isn’t deserving of this kind of filmic treatment. It’s a lot of hullabaloo about the nothing that remains much ado. But again, it’s going to be fun for Nicks fans, who will emote from every shred and utterance, be it musically, vocally, or spiritual that emanates from this woman. She, like Fleetwood Mac, although they achieved monumental success, are still an acquired taste arguably, but the loyal faithful (and there are a lot of them) will enjoy the early anecdotes and the pictures of Nicks in her heyday and younger no doubt, and there’s enough fans to make sure that this project will have enough of an eye above the radar to make it all the worthwhile and strengthen the legend of Stevie Nicks. And ultimately, isn’t that what one wants to get out of hero worship anyhow?

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams documentary to be screened at the Rio Theatre (Vancouver)

(Weapons of Mass Entertainment)
(Weapons of Mass Entertainment)

Monday, June 10
7 + 9:30 pm
Tickets $8 advance/$10 at the door
19+ w/ bar service

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams is an intimate portrait of Stevie Nicks, the Grammy-winning artist and member of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac, as she creates an album with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame. Co-produced and co-directed by Nicks and Stewart, the film goes behind the scenes as Nicks and Stewart embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed album In Your Dreams

Nicks, who is presently on a world tour with Fleetwood Mac, called this adventure “the greatest year of my life” and felt compelled to share the joyful experience that she terms “the day the circus came to town” with her fans. The album was written by Nicks and Stewart and produced by Stewart and Glen Ballard, the famed producer of Alanis Morissette’s landmark album Jagged Little Pill. Ballard also appears in Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams, along with Nicks’ Fleetwood Mac band mates Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood, and actress Reese Witherspoon.

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams premiered at The Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31, 2013, with Stevie Nicks introducing it and taking part in a Q&A. The film then had exclusive showings on April 2nd at theaters in more than 75 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Virgil Films’ Joe Amodei, who was recently named Film Festival Director of the music-focused CBGB Festival, said: “Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams is that rarest of music documentaries, one that shows the artist actually in the process of creating new music as we watch and listen. To be working with a musical icon like Stevie Nicks is indeed a dream.”

“Nicks is like a USB thumb drive in lace, a small package containing a variety of pop-culture personality tropes. She has been the regulator of weight; the titrator of substances; the veteran of a love triangle; the female artist who escaped the long shadow of a male collaborator; the commercial artist who passed through wildly different stations of commerce; and the canny performer whose utilitarian decisions and whimsical tastes became the totems and scripture of a tribe. She survived both the corrosive lift of cocaine and the lead apron of Klonopin.” — The New Yorker

Jun 10th, 2013
7:00 and 9:30
The Rio Theatre, Vancouver