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Stevie Nicks discusses her first film at the Hamptons International Film Festival
The Hamptons received a visit from California rock royalty Thursday night when Stevie Nicks drove into town. On Friday afternoon, Nicks, the face of Fleetwood Mac and a solo artist in her own right, began granting interviews to discuss her first film, "In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks."
The documentary chronicles the making of her 2011 album, "In Your Dreams," which was produced by Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard. It became the singer’s fifth album to enter Billboard’s Top Ten.
Stewart and Nicks co-directed the film, which will have its world premiere 3 p.m. Sunday at the Regal Southampton. Nicks will also be interviewed before a live audience earlier that day at 1 p.m. at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.
Nicks, 64, sat poolside at the Maidstone hotel to talk about her first film and her first-time jitters. Here's an edited version of the conversation.
How did you choose the Hamptons festival for your world premiere?
I can't tell you that, because I honestly don't know. I've never been to a film festival. I've heard of Sundance and Cannes, but I've never gone to them, so I really have no idea.
So who made the decision?
Probably Liz [Rosenberg, powerhouse publicist, relaxing in a deck chair nearby]. Dave and his people spent all last year editing the film, probably 10 to 11 months, down to three hours. And then on Feb. 1, me and Dave's editor and my assistant Karen [Johnston], we started editing at my house. So we edited for four months to take it from three hours down to an hour-40. I've been on tour, editing, on tour, editing. So really this has all come very fast. I was just told by the powers that be that the Hamptons film festival was fantastic, and that I was lucky enough to have been asked. I'm thrilled to be here, because I've never really gotten to spend any time here. I'm not leaving till Monday.
How did you and Dave Stewart meet?
We met in 1983. He wrote a song for me in 1985 called "Don't Come Around Here No More." He brought it to me and we went in with Jimmy Iovine and Tom Petty to help. I went home that night and when I came back the next night Tom had written it. Not to be horrific to me, it was Jimmy and Dave and Tom for 24 hours, so they just finished it. And when I came back the next night I was just furious. I fired Jimmy. I couldn't fire Dave, because he was my friend. ... You can't be mad at Dave. There is something about him, there's no place for anger.
He came up to the house one night [while producing the new album] and said to me, "We should film this." I said, "Dave, that's a lot of work ... that means I'm going to have to do my own makeup, I'm going to have to dress up." Because Dave totally dresses up, every day. I think he dresses up at home.
He always did have a dandy look.
Oh, very ... And Dave said to me: "Listen, darling, if you don't like it, we'll take it out. If you don't like any of it, we won't use any of it."
In the early '80s, there were very clear divisions between the new, synthesizer-based bands like the Eurhythmics, and the previous, guitar-rock generation. Did you feel that vibe back then?
I loved a lot of the '80s music, so I was able to relate to everything. I had huge hair. I had a massive perm! I loved the '80s, and it was a really super, dress-up time, so I loved it. And I was sorry when it was over. I loved it much more than the '90s. I was really sorry when grunge came in, because I was not grunge. And really, neither was Fleetwood Mac. So Fleetwood Mac just stayed a great elite '70s band, and that's still today what we are.
And the '80s did embrace you, as did MTV.
And that was really my solo career, which started in 1981 and went all the way till now. For me, that was "Stand Back" and "I Can't Wait" and "Talk To Me." A lot of those songs really fit into that whole genre.
Are you coming to see the film?
I'll be the one cowering in the dark, with my hands over my eyes. I'll be all the way in the back row.