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Whenever I think of Stevie Nicks, the first thing that comes to mind is a quote of hers from the brilliant documentary, ‘Destiny Rules’, which showed the band, Fleetwood Mac, working on their ‘then’ new album, “Say You Will”.

The quote was said plainly and simply by Stevie herself, when talking about the music…“This is not about art…”…Now if that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, nothing will.

That having been said, there is a new 2-hour+ documentary out on the market focusing on Stevie herself, called “Through The Looking Glass”, and it takes us on her musical journey with Lindsey Buckingham, from their early band ‘Fritz’ to “BuckinhamNicks’ and eventually to ‘Fleetwood Mac’ and her solo efforts (which is the most interesting, as well as the most telling, part).

There are also many critics and fellow musicians here to discuss Stevie’s songwriting abilities (or lack thereof), as well as her vocal ability (or lack thereof).

In fact, at one point, a specific music producer actually refers to her vocal sound as to that of a ‘goat’, which, if you really listen, isn’t too far off…and it is evident that most feel that Lindsey was indeed the true creative talent of the bunch.

Nevertheless, her turbulent personal life is also addressed thoroughly, especially as to how it affected her solo career, not to mention, of course, how it played out through the ‘Mac’ ensemble.

Anyone who was around during the days of “Rumours” and the eponymous album, knows the stories, whether or not they were a Fleetwood Mac fan or not…You couldn’t help but be swallowed into the whole cacophony of ‘pop’ money-makers and ‘bombastic’ mischief-makers, that became this mega-dollar juggernaut.

Her image is what sold her…her lifestyle is what sold her out…This is Stevie Nicks…love her or not…this is the one documentary to see specifically about her.


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