Rare Photos of Stevie Nicks That Capture Her Mystical Aura

By Sarah Norman | January 10, 2024

Stevie Nicks Was Too Popular For Fleetwood Mac

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No one looked or sounded like Stevie Nicks; she stood out as the hypnotic superstar in the five-piece Fleetwood Mac. Not only that, she was also a prolific songwriter. As she was playing a key part in Fleetwood Mac's massive success in the '70s, she was also becoming frustrated. Nicks, Buckingham and Christine McVie were all songwriters, and there just wasn't enough space on an LP for them all to contribute as much as they liked.

Nicks had to branch out, and did when she launched her solo career with her first album, Bella Donna, which went to the top of the album chart and contained three hit singles: "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Tom Petty), "Leather And Lace" (with Don Henley), and "Edge Of Seventeen." Nicks never left Fleetwood Mac -- she just had more to give the world, and her successful solo career has continued alongside her band's ever since.

She Believes In 'The Art Of Mystery'

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Stevie Nicks plays it close to the shawl. She told Paris Jackson of CR13:

It’s always been my way, since I joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975. I really didn’t want people to know that much about me, except the crazy things building up to joining Fleetwood Mac that I was willing to share, but as far as my life or my boyfriends or my love affairs or my friends or any of that, I preferred to be the...forbidden queen. We all built a persona, and that was mine, and I have pretty much followed it to now. It’s still the way I run my life.