Stevie with Lindsey and her Grandfather, 1970
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When I first met him, he was going with somebody and so was I, but I fell totally in love with him. I was captivated.
~Stevie Nicks, on meeting Lindsey Buckingham in 1966, Arizona Living Magazine, September 1983

I met Lindsey when I was a senior in high school and he was a junior, and we sang a song together at some after-school function. Two years later, in 1968, he called me and asked me if I wanted to be in a rock & roll band. I had been playing guitar and singing pretty much totally folk-oriented stuff. So I joined the band, and within a couple of weeks we were opening for really big shows: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin. all of a sudden I was in rock & roll.
~Stevie Nicks, Us Magazine, January, 1988

FritzOur relationship started when I was twenty. I joined his rock & roll band called Fritz. I was in that band for three and a half years. Lindsey and I didn't write any songs for the band, which was a drag, but what we did get was three and a half years of preparation for Fleetwood Mac, 'cause we opened for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, CCR and Chicago. We played the Fillmore, Winterland, the Avalon, simply everywhere. I was the center front stage singer in the band.
~Stevie Nicks, The Island Ear, August 22, 1994

I never in a million years expected it [stardom] to happen to me. I took typing and shorthand. I went to five years of college and I quit and also got into humoungous trouble from my parents for that. I moved to Los Angeles with Lindsey Buckingham, which was totally unacceptable to my entire family. Not only was I living with somebody, but I quit school. 'What are you gonna do? Be in the circus for the rest of your life?'
~Stevie Nicks, Interview Magazine, 1997

No actually, we both moved down here [L.A.] from San Francisco. I met Lindsey in high school, near Cupertino. We played in a band there from 1968 to 1972. That's when Lindsey and I packed up and moved down here. When we were in a band up there, we opened up for all of these really big bands. We played up and down the Peninsula to Monterey and came down through the other side of San Francisco and all the way to Sacramento. Every Friday and Saturday we opened almost every big rock show that came through the area. Even though I only lived up there for my senior year in high school, that's where I feel like I'm from because that's where the music all happened.
~Stevie Nicks, Bam Interview August 22, 1997

It was great to have supportive parents, though I'm sure they really would have been much happier at one point if I'd done something else, because they didn't think I was strong enough. I was always sick and Lindsey and I had no money and whenever they'd see me, I'd be really down. My relationship with Lindsey was tumultuous.
~Stevie Nicks, Playboy Interview, 1982

We were so poor that we used to share a hamburger for dinner, or sometimes a slice of pizza.
~Stevie Nicks, Headliners, book by Charley Walters, 1979

I didn't want to be a waitress, but I believed that Lindsey didn't have to work, that he should just lay on the floor and practice his guitar and become more brilliant every day. And as I watched him become more brilliant everyday, I felt very gratified. I was totally devoted to making it happen for him. I never worried about not being successful; I wanted to make it possible for him to be successful. And when you feel that way about somebody, it's very easy to take your own personality and quiet it way down. I knew my career was going to work out fine. I knew I wasn't going to lose myself.
~Stevie Nicks, SPIN Magazine Interview, October, 1997

Lindsey thought it would be selling out for him to work at a restaurant like that, so I did.
~Stevie Nicks, on why she worked as a waitress at Bob's Big Boy after moving in with Lindsey in 1970, Harpers Bazaar, 1997

When the band [Fritz] broke up we moved to L.A. in 1971 and tried to find a record deal. We had some great demos. We shopped around. Over a period of time we got a deal with Polydor and made our first album, Buckingham Nicks. We had a taste of the big time. We had great musicians in a big, grand studio. We were happening. Things were going our way. But up until that point I had been thinking of quitting it all and going back to school 'cause I was sick of being miserable and I hate being poor. When they [Polydor] dropped that record, we were completely depressed. Then three months later Mick Fleetwood called.
~Stevie Nicks, The Island Ear, August 22, 1994

You know before Lindsey and I joined [Fleetwood Mac], we'd have to steel ourselves not to go into stores. Six months later we were earning $400 a week each and I was totally famous. We used to pin $100 bills up on the walls of our apartment just for fun. You go through that with someone, you don't forget.
~Stevie Nicks, Q Magazine, December, 1997

I was twenty-seven when I joined Fleetwood Mac. Everybody thought I was this teenager, but I had already lived with Lindsey for seven [sic?] years and been a cleaning lady. I worked at the Copper Penny, Clementine's and Bob's Big Boy [restaurants]. I supported Lindsey and I for years, 'cause he never worked or had a job. I was pretty grown up when I joined Fleetwood Mac. I was glad because I would not have been able to handle that kind of overnight success. From that day that we joined to June of that summer [1975], we were famous.
~Stevie Nicks, The Island Ear, August 22, 1994

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