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Grammy winning singer-songwriter, Stevie Nicks snorted so much cocaine and became so addicted to the drug that she had to be shadowed to keep from falling off stage when performing and needed to have someone tuck her into bed at night.The Queen of Rock and Roll in the 1970s and 1980s not only had a huge hole in her nose from the cocaine, but she was warned of the imminent possibility of a brain hemorrhage if she kept up her high level of consumption.That addiction cost her 47 additional days in rehab in 1993 and getting sober again was a far more horrific experience than getting off of cocaine.'I felt like someone opened up a door and pushed me into hell,' the singer confessed.The doctor was a groupie who just wanted to hear rock and roll stories so he kept upping Nicks' dosage to keep her coming back – and talking.'That doctor – he's the only person in my life I an honestly say I will never forgive.Her teenage heart was crushed but she was inspired to write her first ballad on her new guitar – 'I've Loved and I Lost'.Nicks was moving up from the tiny girl who wore thick eyeglasses, voluminous skirts and carried her books in a Mexican straw basket – to bigger dreams while listening to rock music on Los Angeles' KHJ radio station.Little Stephanie Nicks loved the attention, the applause and the reaction to the cowgirl outfit made by her mother.
It marked the beginning of an epic love affair that eventually deteriorated to neglect and jealousy – or so most people thought.
In the summer of 1968, Nicks joined Lindsey Buckingham in a band called Fritz.
It marked the beginning of an epic love affair that eventually deteriorated from neglect and jealousy – or so most people thought Mick Fleetwood had heard tapes of Nicks and Buckingham's music and wanted them to join his band but Buckingham was hesitant and viewed the group as a meat grinder.
Pictured: Fleetwood Mac in 1997 As her father climbed the corporate ladder working for Armour meat packers, Greyhound Bus Company and Lucky Lager Brewing, the family moved from Phoenix, to El Paso, Texas, Salt Lake City and finally Arcadia, California.
Her new home was around 13 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley – close enough to Hollywood.