Stevie Nicks

The groupie label gets thrown around a lot, especially with rock-n-roll girlfriends from the 1960s and 1970s. Women like Miss Pamela, Bebe Buell, Cyrinda Foxe, Pattie Boyd, Jane Asher, Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg are almost always put in the groupie/professional girlfriend category despite having their own identities and careers as models, actresses, musicians, etc.

It’s also funny how certain women who are almost more notorious for their scandalous, boy and bed hopping behavior are never described as “groupies”. Janis Joplin, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Grace Slick, Michelle Phillips, and yes, Stevie Nicks have definitely hopped from dude to dude, broken up marriaged, wrecked havoc on bands, and yet they are never labeled as groupies. Interesting.

I thought of this recently after reading an article about Stevie Nicks. Obviously Stevie is very talented, beautiful, unique, and strong…but she also at one point had a terrible reputation in the biz (mainly for her out of control coke problem and relations with men). Anyway, this article is an interesting look at who Stevie is now and how she overcame her dangerous lifestyle.

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4 thoughts on “Stevie Nicks

  1. Well, have you noticed the ones labeled as “groupies” are the ones who have otherwise more “conventional” standards and mainstream identities/personalities/careers, whereas the ones who aren’t labeled are generally more deviant and created a name for themselves larger than the name of their conquests? Not to say that the women in the first category didn’t have careers of their own, but their careers didn’t shadow the careers of their boyfriends…

  2. I did notice that. I think that was the point of my remark, was that somehow because Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, etc. were musicians (a traditionally male dominated career at that time) they were seen more as “equals” as men, and therefore, were not given the “groupie” label.

  3. It’s unfortunate however, because those other women, if they have careers and lives of their own, should not be lowered simply because they are not leading lives as musicians, rock stars, or other competitive roles.

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