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Saturday, June 07, 2008

A public-service announcement

...and a big sigh.

Yes, that woman is Stevie Nicks. Lindsey Buckingham is the man to her left, or to the right of the screen. The MAN. Stop looking for a woman.

This archival video shows Lindsey, who does not get nearly enough respect as a guitarist or a songwriter. I think this is because Stevie was so successful in overshadowing the rest of Fleetwood Mac during the early 1980s. She's no more talented than they are (in fact, I'd argue that she's LESS talented than Christine McVie or Lindsey, because she doesn't play a musical instrument), but she was very very good at self-promotion.

Boy, that sounds snarky, but I don't mean it quite in that way. The last thing I need is for Stevie fetishists to spam me with reader-submitted complaints about my lack of respect for their hero. I think she's great; I just think she gets an unfair amount of attention, given the relative talents of the other band members.

Remember: Stevie = WOMAN. Lindsey = MAN.


Anonymous said...

A technical note:
most R&R guitarist pluck with a pick, but L B plucks with his fingers. Another guitarist playing that way is Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). Plucking with the flesh is more expressive than plucking with a plastic pick.


Karen said...

I'd argue all 5 in Fleetwood Mac were equally talented but in different ways, which is what gave the group its unique dynamic. I am still partial to a Mick drum solo....

As for Stevie, while she didn't play an instrument in Fleetwood Mac (tambourine does NOT count), I'm pretty sure I've seen her playing the piano in solo videos...

Megan said...

Yes, she does play piano, just not as well as Christine McVie.

John McVie is always the forgotten one. He's amazing.