A collection of Polaroid self-portraits that Stevie Nicks took during the mid-Seventies will be shown in an exhibition, “24 Karat Gold,” at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. The photo set accompanies her upcoming album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault – tunes she wrote and demoed mostly between 1969 and 1987 and recently re-recorded – due out October 7th. The deluxe edition of the album contains a 48-page book with many of the pictures in the gallery showing, which opens on October 10th and ends on Halloween.
“Some people don’t sleep at night – I am one of those people,” Nicks commented in a statement about the photos. “These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed – I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise – like a vampire… I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything – I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy – I was the model….”
Eurythmics member Dave Stewart, who co-produced 24 Karat Gold and Nicks’ 2011 record In Your Dreams, selected the photos getting shown, according to The New York Times. The photos the gallery are selling are “archival pigment prints” that Nicks hand-signed and numbered.
“I wanted to learn how to become a photographer,” Nicks told the paper. “And I don’t sleep at night, so I thought, who am I going to ask to stay up all night, and then do a show tomorrow? So I’m not going to get Christine [McVie]. She’s going to say, ‘Are you crazy? I’m going to the bar. Bye.'”
Nicks took the photos between 1975 and 1987 and stopped when she grew frustrated with Polaroid cameras. “They all broke down,” she told The Times.
Nicks began sharing songs from 24 Karat Gold in early August, beginning with the swinging “The Dealer.” She followed it up later in the month with the ballad “Lady,” and most recently the song “24 Karat Gold” has appeared online via Wondering Sound.
After discovering the songs on cassettes she had stored away, Nicks recorded the album in a short amount of time before Fleetwood Mac went back on the road with prodigal vocalist McVie. “I called Dave Stewart and said, ‘I’ve got the songs, but how do we make a record in two months?'” Nicks told Rolling Stone recently. “He said, ‘Nashville. That’s what they do.’ It’s like checking yourself into music rehab…. I’m used to bands where we argue over how to do the song. These Nashville guys just say, ‘Yes, ma’am.'”