Stevie and her mom, 1983

Click the tambourine to hear Stevie talk about her Grandfather A.J. Nicks


My mother's mom and dad were divorced very early, and her stepfather worked in a coal mine in Ajo, Arizona and died of tuberculosis. She had a hard life, was very poor, was 19 when she got married, and had me at 20. My dad went after a big job in a big company, got it, did very well, and liked to move around and travel a lot. My mom got used to it and had a lot of fun, but she's much more practical, frugal ~ she still sniffs her nose at my dad's and my expensive tastes ~ and she wanted more than anything else for her daughter and son [Christopher] to be independent and self-assured.
~Stevie Nicks, Billboard, 1998


[On her fondest childhood memory] The summers I spent in Ajo, Arizona with my Grandmother, starting when I was around four.
~Stevie Nicks, Ask Stevie,, 2000


[On how she got the nickname Stevie] Stevie just came from not being able to pronounce “Stephanie.” And it kind of came out as “teedee.” My mother calls me TD Bird, she calls me TD’s really sickening, isn’t it!? But TD went to Stevie. And I was too little to remember why that happened, but they told me that’s what I used to, that’s how I used to say “Stephanie.” And so, it just kinda worked itself into Stevie. And I was never called Stephanie. And my Dad named me Stephanie to call me Stephanie, because he loved that name, so somehow whatever fate just twisted it away and I became Stevie....
~Stevie Nicks, Spotight on Stevie Nicks, 96.1 WSRS, August 5, 2001


When I was younger, my mom said, 'I totally believe that you're going to be a singer and a famous songwriter. But just in case, Stevie, I need you to take typing and I need you to take shorthand. And if you go to college, we'll pay for everything.' And I went. I think that you should get the best education you can, and then if you want to go off and be a total entrepreneur space cadet, that's fine. But if you are called upon to take care of somebody or keep something together, you gotta have studied something.
~Stevie Nicks, Rolling Stone, December 30, 1999


A. J. NicksMy granddad [A. J. Nicks] was a country and western singer, and he left his family and took freight trains and traveled all over, playing in bars and supporting himself by playing pool. So my mom and dad thought, 'Well, there she goes. She's gonna walk down the same road as her grandfather.' And luckily I became a bit more successful than he was.
~Stevie Nicks, Interview Magazine, March 1995



The only thing my dad ever said to me was ~ because my dad was very successful and very ambitious ~ he said, 'If you're going to do this, you better be the very best.' That was the only thing he ever said to me. 'I don't want to see you being second.' And that was a pretty heavy thing to say to me.

When I write my different songs and take them home, I'll play them for him and he'll say, 'Well, that comes a little closer to what your potential as a songwriter is.' And then he'll give me a big hug. My mother says he's very cool, he's like Jimmy. He strives to get the best out of me, and you don't get the best out of me by hugging and kissing me and telling me how wonderful I am. That doesn't work. The best thing to do is really be serious with me and I'll work hard.
~ Stevie Nicks, High Times, 1982


[On the importance of her family] My family is… my family is so important to me that last night in the middle of the night I started to cry because I miss my brother, and I needed to call him, and I didn't have any phone numbers. I don't have anybody's phone number ~ cause I don't have a book. I needed to talk to Christopher because I just needed for somebody to tell me that its all OK, and yeah, my family is very, very important to me, and you are important to me, and all the people that come to see me are important to me.
~Stevie Nicks, Molly Melldrum Interview, 1986


I have a newfound respect for moms. When I'm at my house in Phoenix, I live with my 5 1/2 year old niece and my brother and sister-in-law. And I now really understand what an incredible commitment it is to have a child, and how difficult it is. I know I could not have done both. I'd have ended up having to stop doing my music, or pretty much letting someone else raise my child ~ which would have made me very unhappy ~ or I'd have ended up kind of a half-assed mom and a half-assed rock musician.
~Stevie Nicks Says Motherhood Not In Her Repertoire, by Marilyn Beck, 1997


I don't really need children. I have a niece who's six, who certainly fills my life up as far as a child goes. I'm gonna just work on my work. I don't think the world is going to have that much of a problem with me not being married or having a family. I don't think that's why I came here. I have something that's really important to do, and I don't think I've done that yet.
~Rolling Stone, 1998


[On what role her parents played in her life through its ups and downs.] My mom and dad have been very supportive my whole life. Before I joined Fleetwood Mac, and they were supportive all through the tumultous times of Fleetwood Mac, when they didn't see or hear from me. They never got angry with me. So basically they're the only ones who were there before the Mac, they're the only ones who really know me.
~Stevie Nicks, Sonic Net Yahoo Chat, 1998

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