Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks

Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks

by Simon Morrison
Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks

Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks

by Simon Morrison

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A stunning musical biography of Stevie Nicks that paints a portrait of an artist, not a caricature of a superstar.

Reflective and expansive, Mirror in the Sky situates Stevie Nicks as one of the finest songwriters of the twentieth century.

This biography from distinguished music historian Simon Morrison examines Nicks as a singer and songwriter before and beyond her career with Fleetwood Mac, from the Arizona landscape of her childhood to the strobe-lit Night of 1000 Stevies celebrations.

The book uniquely:
  • Analyzes Nicks's craft—the grain of her voice, the poetry of her lyrics, the melodic and harmonic syntax of her songs.
  • Identifies the American folk and country influences on her musical imagination that place her within a distinctly American tradition of women songwriters.
  • Draws from oral histories and surprising archival discoveries to connect Nicks's story to those of California's above- and underground music industries, innovations in recording technology, and gendered restrictions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520304437
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 174,274
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Simon Morrison teaches music history at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Crystal Visions 
1. Stephanie
A.J. • Fritz • Van Nuys • Alabama

2. Stevie
"Landslide" • "Rhiannon" • Glunk Glunk • BDE • The White Album • Rumours • “Dreams” • Maryland • “I Don’t Want to Know” • Love and Hate • Tusk • "Angel" • "Sara" • “Storms” • Luna • Disappeared Years • The Kingston Trio • "The Goldfish and the Ladybug"

3. Bella Donna
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" • Age of Seventeen • "After the Glitter Fades" • "Bella Donna" • Face to Face • Sharon and Lori • Ghosts • "Designs of Love" • “Gypsy” • The Wild Heart • "Beauty and the Beast" • "Stand Back" • Joe • "Don't Come Around Here No More" • Rock a Little • Live at Red Rocks

4. Sara 
"Welcome to the Room, Sara" • Tango in the Night • "Joan of Arc" • Rupert • The Nadir • Twister • Trouble in Shangri-La • Say You Will • Someone She Used to Know • In Your Dreams • Fred and Ginger • MusiCares

5. 24 Karat Gold
Except for Mabel • Mabel

Conclusion: A Thousand Stevies
Appendix 1: Demos 
Appendix 2: Fandom

What People are Saying About This

Eddie Dalva

"A richly crafted yet never fawning biography of one of rocks most beloved and iconic artists. Awe inspiring in detail but never too technical, Morrison writes a highly accessible book for both the casual fan and the true aficionado. One comes away with a heightened appreciation for Nicks musical talent as well as her very unique journey. One of the best written and most articulate music biographies in recent memory."

Washington Post Sarah Kaufman

"Stevie Nicks the artist whirls to life in these pages, a woman fiercely committed to her own blazing imagination and powers of perception. With meticulous research, a light touch and understated wit, Simon Morrison charts the rise in influence of Fleetwood Mac's black-laced, iron-willed sylph, whose irrepressible freedom continues to haunt the past and present of popular music and female artistry."

Stuart Mitchner

"A warmly affectionate and discerning critical biography."

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