Revisit Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’

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Revisit Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’

Posted 30 Jul 2021
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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bella Donna this month, we’re revisiting the album’s third single Edge of Seventeen – easily one of Stevie Nicks most famous and enduring hits! 

In a 1981 interview, Nicks revealed that the song was actually inspired by the wife of late rock legend Tom Petty,  Jane Petty. 

"She told me that when she met Tom he was, she said, 'at the age of seventeen' but she has this incredible southern drawl so it sounded like 'edge of seventeen,' Nicks said. "I said, 'Jane, I'm writing a song called Edge of Seventeen.' And she laughs, you know, she didn't ever think I was ever serious. So it started out about Tom and Jane basically, who I have no idea what they were at 17, but I made it up."

Watch Stevie's phenomenal live performance for the song's offical music video below. 

Stevie Nicks | Edge of Seventeen

Edge of Seventeen was the third single released from Nicks' debut solo album, Bella Donna which featured an all-star cast of high-profile musicians, including Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Roy Bittan of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. 

In 1992, Nicks told Vox magazine: "The energy that was written into that song was so intense that it took us about two nights to get the track to that, and it's like nobody's feet ever stopped moving. It was like there was this energy that was so strong. I cried in the middle of the bridge thing, about the sea never expects it when it rains, but the sea changes colour, but the sea does not change. And so with the slow graceful flow of age, I went forth with an age old desire to please. It was like, well, we have to keep going now. And I wanted that song to have all that energy of them and of us going on."


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