"Tonight I'm going dancing/With the drag queens and the punks..."—Joni Mitchell
Do you know the Joni song? "Tax Free." Hester never identifies it. It's one of the little noticed classics from Joni's highly under-rated Dog Eat Dog. It's one of my favorites.
What's Stevie Nicks' favorite Joni album?
Ladies of the Canyon. And Reprise Records issued the following press release on Stevie:
Rock legend Stevie Nicks in collaboration with musical wizard Dave Stewart have co-produced and co-directed "In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks" a documentary portrait of the illusive Nicks as they embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed album "In Your Dreams". The film will premiere at the 35th International Hamptons Film Festival on Sunday October 7th and at the 20th annual Mill Valley Film Festival on Friday, October 12th which has already sold out.
Nicks, a multi Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, lead singer and emotional catalyst and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac and one of the most recognizable female rock stars and revered songwriters in the world, allowed cameras into her home as she holed up in a magical old mansion high atop the hills of Los Angeles with Stewart and a wild cast of characters. The vibrant documentary tracks the year (2010) which Nicks calls "the best year of my life". The result is a rare study of a fascinating artist on par with D. A. Pennebaker's classic Dylan documentary "Don't Look Back" or Madonna's notorious "Truth or Dare."
Stewart and Nicks, co-directors of the film also co-wrote many of the songs on "In Your Dreams". The inner life of the legendary Nicks has by her design long been kept at a distance from the public. We learn in "Dreams" that her world features, costume parties, joyous dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing songwriting and recording sessions all of which are captured on film. Also cameos by Edgar Allan Poe, Mick Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, a massive white stallion in the backyard, owls and naturally a few vampires who appear in several "home movie" style music videos.
Along with tracking the Nicks/Stewart creative partnership, "In Your Dreams" includes plenty of other cinematic payoffs including rare never before seen personal scrapbook stills from Nicks' childhood and family life, and a wealth of candid backstage and performance shots taken over the last 35 years.
Nicks, who has sold millions of records as a solo artist, writer of such iconic songs as "Landslide", "Gold Dust Woman" and "Edge of 17" is regularly sited by stars as diverse as Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Courtney Love, Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks and John Mayer as an iconic favorite and heroine and is a continuous inspiration to the world's top fashion designers.
"I think you see in this film that Stevie just tells it like it is. She is who she is, and she doesn't change," commented Stewart.
"In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks" Hamptons Film Festival - Sunday, October 7th at 3pm Sag Harbor Cinema
"In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks" Mill Valley Film Festival - Friday, October l2th at 6:30pm at Smith Raphael Film Center
For more information on the Hamptons Film Festival, please go to www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.
For more information about the Mill Valley Film Festival, please go to www.millvalleyfilmfestival.com
And if you're unable to see the movie, right now you can stream this video at US magazine which talks about Madonna, Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks and how they influenced style. Other big Joni fans are Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. And they have an album coming out next Tuesday (Fanatic) and they have a book out right now:
Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll
Guitar Girl's writer Steve Byrd gives a review of Kicking and Dreaming Read More
Rock Reads: Kicking and Dreaming
antiMusic's Kevin Wierzbicki gives an overview of the book Read More
Fanatic is Pick of the Week
Muzik Reviews give Fanatic 5 stars and pick of the week Read More
'Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll'
ClassicRock.com/About reviews the new book from the Wilson sisters Read More
The book's getting very good reviews and will wet your appetite for the new album.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"