Stevie Nicks Has A Shawl Vault And Harry Styles Is Her Love Child

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Stevie Nicks performing live onstage in 1978. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac is 70 years old and, as shown in a recent Rolling Stone interview, still going strong. The Gold Dust Woman herself is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the second time (she's already in as a member of Fleetwood Mac), making her the first woman to be inducted twice. On top of this unfortunately groundbreaking announcement, Stevie Nicks is leading a Lindsey Buckingham-less Fleetwood Mac on a tour that will take the band across the world throughout 2019.

Of course, Nicks is going to get out there and promote, and that’s why we’re here today. While speaking with Rolling Stone she touched on subjects ranging from who she stole from Tom Petty to her “love child” Harry Styles, and most importantly, what she does with all her shawls. 

Of Course Stevie Nicks Has A Shawl Vault

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Whether she’s casting spells on American Horror Story: Coven, or whirling her way across stage with The Mac, Stevie Nicks is never seen without a scarf. She’s quick to point out that she doesn’t just keep them in a closet, but rather a “shawl vault.” As she puts it:

I have my shawl vault—they’re all in temperature-controlled storage. I have these huge red cases Fleetwood Mac bought, all the way back in 1975—my clothes are saved in these cases. All my vintage stuff is protected for all my little goddaughters and nieces. I’m trying to give my shawls away—but there’s thousands of them. If I ever write my life story, maybe that should be the name of my book: There’s Enough Shawls to Go Around.

Harry Styles Is Her ‘Love Child’

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You wouldn’t expect Nicks to cite the former One Direction singer as the heir to her rock and roll dynasty, but she’s proud that he decided to pick up a guitar and cool it with the dance moves. She said:

He’s Mick [Fleetwood]’s and my love child. When Harry came into our lives, I said, ‘Oh my God, this is the son I never had.’ So I adopted him. I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock & roll record — he could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him. But I guess he decided he wanted to be born in 1948, too — he made a record that was more like 1975.

Stevie’s Always Writing, Even If It’s Poetry About Game Of Thrones And Anthony Bourdain

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Between 1975 and 1985 hardly a year went by without either a Fleetwood Mac album or a solo release from Nicks. She told Rolling Stone that she can’t stop writing, and even though she’s not putting out as much musical material now she’s still jotting things down - specifically poems about Game of Thrones:

When you’re in a band with three prolific writers, you get two or three songs per album — maybe four. But I was writing all the time, so they just went into my Gothic trunk of lost songs.
Christine would walk by me — my totally sarcastic best friend. She’d say [imitation of Christine McVie’s English accent] “Soooo. Writing another song, are we?” To this day, I write all the time. I have a poem that I’ve written about Game of Thrones, and I have a really beautiful poem that I’m writing about Anthony Bourdain.

Don’t Expect Stevie Nicks To Slow Down Any Time Soon

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Before you ask, yes, Stevie Nicks can still do the splits, and according to the singer she plans on doing them on stage until she drops which isn’t happening any time soon. She told Rolling Stone:

At the ripe and totally young age of 70, my voice hasn’t changed. As long as I take care of myself, I am still going to be doing this when I’m 80. There’s so many things I want to do. I want to do another record. I want to make a mini-series. If the coven reforms, I want to go back to American Horror Story. I tell myself, ‘Do it now, because you’re spry, you’re in good shape, you can still do the splits, you can still dance onstage and wear a short skirt and high six-inch heels.’

You Can Think Tom Petty For Some Of Her Most Memorable Solo Songs

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Not only did the leader of The Heartbreakers give Stevie the star on top of her top hat, but Nicks said that Tom Petty’s responsible for her solo success:

He gave me ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around.’ Had he not given me that song, let me candidly tell you, Bella Donna might not have been a hit. That song kicked Bella Donna right into the universe. My biggest sadness about the Hall of Fame is that Tom is not here to enjoy this with me, because he would have been the proudest of me of anyone.

Prince Still Walks With Stevie Nicks

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Tom Petty wasn’t the only rock star that Stevie Nicks wrote hits with. She famously sang her song “Stand Back” over Prince's single “Little Red Corvette,” and when she told Prince about it, he popped down to the studio to play synth and guitar on the track. Nicks told Rolling Stone that she always wanted to play the song live with the singer, but he passed before they could do it:

The saddest thing of all is Prince and I never played that song onstage together. And that just breaks my heart. I guess we all think we’re immortal — I always thought we had plenty of time. I should have told Prince 10 years ago or 15 years ago, ‘Hey, Prince, we should do this song onstage together — some night, some city, call me.’

But death cannot keep Stevie from communing with her heroes.

But you know, I feel like Prince is with me. When I’m nervous, I’ll talk to Prince. In my solo act, when I do ‘Moonlight,’ I wear this white wolfy coat — I put this coat on and I try to transform into a Dire Wolf from Game of Thrones. And before I go on, I always say, ‘Walk with me, Prince.’

She Thinks The Internet Killed Romance

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It’s no secret that dating in the modern era is a nightmare. Things were so much simpler back 1960s and ‘70s when you could just date your guitarist and then move onto your drummer for a while before a dating a couple of members of the Eagles. Nicks is despondent over the way the internet has sapped romance from our lives:

I don’t like what the Internet has done to people and I don’t like the fact that it’s nailed romance to the wall. I think it’s hard for people to find love these days. That makes me sad as a songwriter, because I want to write about love — I write about my friends’ relationships. People who call me up and say, ‘Oh my God, I met this gorgeous man and I totally fell in love with him,’ and and I’m like, ‘Tell me more!’ But it’s not happening near as much. Girls, don’t take it personally. It’s not you — it’s the Internet. There has to be romance before there can be love and it’s very hard to find romance in this hardcore high-tech world.

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.