1/2/18: Fleetwood Mac “Gold Dust Woman”

Written and sang by the incomparable Stevie Nicks, it isn’t difficult to figure out what Gold Dust Woman is about: cocaine, relationships and fame.

When the song was released, Nicks’ relationship with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was undergoing some rough times. They were using songs to communicate with each other, and their relationship struggles not only produced some great music from Fleetwood Mac, but also served as an example of professionalism, working well together despite significant personal history. Your hear – and see – their intimate connection to each other every time you watch them perform “Silver Springs” or “Landslide,” and their respective art is better for it.

Where “Take your silver spoon / Dig your grave” is fairly on the nose, later lyrics talk about how “rulers make bad lovers.” In an interview with SPIN Magazine, Nicks said that particular lyric was about how she was “definitely swept away” by how big Fleetwood Mac was, and how she, “who couldn’t buy anything before, could go in any store and buy anything … and [she] wondered what that would do to [her] down the line.”

As one of the only premier bands from the ‘70s with the full original lineup intact, there’s something to the dynamics of the group that goes beyond how they resonate with fans. Luckily, Stevie Nicks never succumbed to – or became – the Gold Dust Woman.


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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

School of Rock Grand Opening

AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

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