“She became a superstar in the year of Star Wars, the Concorde, Elvis’ death, New York’s blackout, Jimmy Carter’s inauguration and FM music that imagined utopia in the midst of stagflation,” Simon Morrison (Music, Slavic Languages and Literatures), director of the Humanities Council’s Fund for Canadian Studies, writes in his new book on Fleetwood Mac lead vocalist Stevie Nicks. “Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks” (University of California Press) draws from existing oral histories with Nicks, dozens of exclusive interviews with musicians and producers who worked with her, and Morrison’s archival discoveries.
Morrison received the University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities in May. An archival historian specializing in 20th-century Russian and Soviet music, he is also a sought-after lecturer and speaker in the public humanities.
“Throughout the book, I write about Nicks’ music coming from a place that is much bigger on the inside than the outside, where feelings are more significant than thoughts or actions,” Morrison said, in a story featured on the University homepage.
Morrison will appear on November 10 at 6 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, in conversation with music historian and scholar and Stevie Nicks super-fan Mindy Gonzales-Backen. This event, co-sponsored by the Humanities Council, is part of joint programming between Labyrinth Books and the Princeton Public Library.