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Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks

St. Martin's. Nov. 2017. 352p. photos. ISBN 9781250032898. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250032904. BIOG
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The latest unauthorized biography about legendary Fleetwood Mac member and solo artist Stevie Nicks (b. 1948) is what you'd expect—a dishy retelling of her much-reported sex, drugs, and rock and roll-filled life—but with a lot of foofy words and sexist descriptions of the singer-songwriter, including an emphasis on her age, looks, and weight. This book has been in the works for several years (St. Martin's reportedly purchased the rights in 2012), and author Davis (Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga) has cobbled most of the content from previously published interviews, magazine articles, track-by-track liner notes from Nicks's various albums, and books by insiders such as bandmate (and former lover) Mick Fleetwood. Interestingly, Davis first entered Fleetwood Mac's universe when he began helping the musician pen his memoirs in 1987; his recollection of this experience is the freshest part of this book.
VERDICT This title may attract curious new or casual fans looking to learn about Nicks's life, but die-hard admirers of the performer will find little new in its pages. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]

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