Stevie - Interview Magazine (March 1995)

Stevie: I never in a million years expected it to happen to me. I took typing and shorthand. I went to five years of college and I quit and also got into humongous trouble from my parents for that. (Sarah laughs) I moved to Los Angeles with Lindsey Buckingham, which was totally unacceptable to my entire family. Not only was I living with somebody, but I quit school. "What are you gonna do? Be in the circus for the rest of your life?"

Sarah [McLachlan]: Yeah. "When are you going to get a real job?"

Stevie: Right. I also think that fame and fortune have a high price.

Sarah: Oh, no shit. Especially if you're not asking for the fame part. I just want to sing. I've only really become what you call a famous person in the past year. I'm lucky I had five years to get used to it in bits and pieces.

Stevie: The same thing with me. I was just singing with my then-boyfriend, Lindsey, and we had nothing, no money. And I worked. He didn't work. He furiously practiced his guitar every day, all day--and I backed that up. And then we got a call from a famous guy in a famous band who said, "Do you wanna join our band?" We actually went back and forth about it: "Well, maybe we don't. Maybe we just want to do what we're doing now." And between January and my birthday in May we became famous."

Sarah: Oh man!

Stevie: We got paid in cash, two hundred dollars a week each, so I had hundred-dollar bills everywhere. And since we hadn't spent any money in five years, we didn't know how to spend money. And I was washing hundred-dollar bills through the wash and finding them crumpled and detergented out, and hanging them on the line with the rest of our stuff.

Stevie: Which is very easy to do over there, because everybody there drinks like it's water. When I joined Fleetwood Mac, I was twenty-seven years old and I had never ever drank, and these people were used to getting on an airplane at nine in the morning and ordering a double Bloody Mary.

Sarah: Oooh!

Stevie: Pretty soon I realized I can't enjoy being with these people, because they look at the world through a different pair of glasses than I do. Lindsey and I were California girls and boys. We were a strange group of three English people and two American people, and that was very hard on the road, because we were just so different. Christine McVie had Stevie Winwood carrying her books home from school, and Eric Clapton was best friends with Mick Fleetwood when they were sixteen, and I could not even relate to that. It was like, "You guys are too famous for me. And I'm getting really nervous.”