Now for something that really matters. Rebecca and I have been on the phone comparing Stevie Nicks' stories that we're finding (she's in England and getting a lot of foreign press). Be sure to check out Rebecca's site because she's going to post a whole mix of Stevie articles. I'm choosing two links myself. Gulf News carries an article on her:
Stevie Nicks is in a hurry. One of the world's great front-women — and the face of Fleetwood Mac since joining with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham back in 1975 — she is in London to promote a new solo album.
And, as she juggles her solo career with the ongoing resurrection of Fleetwood Mac, the Arizona-born singer, 63, knows time is of the essence.
"Once you turn 60, you can't hang around," she says. "When we finished the Fleetwood Mac Unleashed Tour in 2009, I told the band I was going to make a solo record. I wanted to do it as quickly as I could — it took a year — and then go back to them.
"I'm not sure whether we'll tour or make a new album, but we'll do something. In ten years, we'll all be over 70. We might not feel like an 83-date tour then, so we've got to act quickly."
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Bedecked in her trademark jewels and a flowing black dress, Nicks is in fine form. Talking about her new album, In Your Dreams, she regularly bursts into song. Her voice, instantly recognisable, is still striking. Here is one singer in no need of Auto-Tune.
The record itself, her first solo effort in a decade, is well-crafted and melodic. Recorded in her Los Angeles home, it was produced by Dave Stewart, of Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard, who co-wrote Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.
Veering between guitar-driven rock and beautiful, contemplative balladry, it features her most inspired songwriting since the golden years of Fleetwood Mac, when she penned hits such as Rhiannon, Landslide and Dreams.
Already a top-ten album in her homeland, Nicks is keen to spread the word. "After my last album, people told me I shouldn't bother making another one," she says. "They said internet pirates would steal it online and hurt my feelings. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. I'm not doing this because I need the money. But, if I can still do it, it makes it easier for the other little girls."And Contact Music has a great quote from Stevie: "From Janis [Joplin] I learned that to make it as a female musician in a man's world is gonna be tough and you need to keep your head held high."
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Each Monday morning (except during pledge drives), the latest Law and Disorder Radio airs on WBAI and around the country on various radio stations throughout the week. Attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights are the co-hosts of the program. On this week's program, Michael Ratner spoke with former FBI agent and now an attorney Mike German about the war on dissent in this country. Michael Ratner has teamed with Margaret Ratner Kunstler for the new book Hell No, Your Right To Dissent. And until it's August 9th release by the New Press, you can read the column that Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler have written (The Progressive) about the current war on protest and dissent in the US. Excerpt:
President Obama campaigned on protecting our civil liberties, so you might have expected his attorney general, Eric Holder, to provide people with greater protections from FBI snoops. But he has not. And it is about to get even worse.
The new Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide will empower the FBI to dispatch surveillance teams, to follow targets, to dig through trash, to search commercial databases and to expand the use of informants to infiltrate a wide range of organizations.
If you are part of a group that disagrees with government policy in Iraq or Afghanistan, or that dislikes nuclear energy, the next time you throw out your trash, an FBI agent may be examining it a few hours later -- from what you eat to what you buy to what you read and think.
The next time you attend a meeting to fight for better schools, protest drug testing on animals or criticize almost any aspect of government policy, the person next to you may be an informant, recording everything you say. Or perhaps the informant will participate in the meeting, steering the organization's activities in ways the government wishes.
It is now almost ten years after 9/11, the event that frightened many into giving the FBI broad spying authority -- authority that now threatens the very essence of democracy. Piece by piece, the constitutional protections for dissent are disappearing.