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The Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham Guide to Los Angeles

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In Maps to the Stars, Curbed LA maps the lives of the most notable figures in Los Angeles history through the places that were important to them.

Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were residents of a slightly older and by then very different Los Angeles than writer Nathanael West (subject of our last map), but they've been no less important to the formation of the city's identity. Like West, they were transplants, moving down from the Bay Area together in the early 1970s. Their story is also at least as romantic as his—the two were lovers and musicians, and they came to Los Angeles to make it big.

Buckingham and Nicks hung around the edges of the Laurel Canyon music scene, shacking up with Keith Olsen, their producer, down the hill and close to Fairfax High. Nicks worked odd jobs cleaning house and waiting tables, Buckingham didn't do much at all, and after scraping together enough material, the duo recorded their debut album, Buckingham Nicks.

Released on Polydor in 1973, the album fell on deaf ears, but it made an impression on Mick Fleetwood, who hung around the same studio that Buckingham and Nicks recorded in. Fleetwood was in need of a new guitarist for his band, and Lindsey's expert playing on "Frozen Love" immediately caught his ear. Olsen put the two in touch, and when Mick asked Lindsey to join Fleetwood Mac, he agreed, as long as Nicks was part of the deal too.

Its classic lineup established, Fleetwood Mac went on to write rock history. Their self-titled 1975 album was a massive success, becoming the first to chart on top the Billboard 200. Its follow-up, 1977's Rumours, launched the group into the stratosphere, winning the Grammy for Album of the Year and ultimately selling more than 40 million copies. Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way" and Nicks's "Dreams" are generational touchstones. (So is "Don't Stop," thanks at least in part to Bill Clinton.)

1979's Tusk, the group's artistic high/commercial low, was the start of the comedown. Nicks and Buckingham, long since personally broken up, each released solo records in 1981 (the perfectly acceptable Bella Donna and oddball classic Law & Order, respectively), and Fleetwood Mac released Mirage, a still-great Rumours retread, in 1982. Buckingham left the band following Tango In The Night, the band's synthtastic 1987 release.

Lindsey and Stevie's story—talented small-town nobodies make it to the top—is one of LA's defining myths. Since the birth of Hollywood, dreamers have hopped on buses and come to the city where the sun just will not stop shining. They're still coming today, and they'll continue coming tomorrow, and it's stories like Lindsey and Stevie's that draw them. Below, a guide to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks's Los Angeles. —Ian Grant


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1. Tropicana Motel

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8585 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Now a Ramada Inn, Stevie and Lindsey stayed at the low-rent rock and roll party pad while visiting Los Angeles in 1972.

2. First Pad

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751 North Orange Grove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

The two lived somewhere on Orange Grove in the Fairfax neighborhood upon first moving to LA.

3. The Copper Penny

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6100 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

To make ends meet, Stevie waitressed at coffee shops around town, one of which was the Copper Penny, at Sunset and Gower. Today it's a Denny's.

4. Sound City Studios

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15452 Cabrito Rd
Van Nuys, CA 91406

The legendary recording studio where Stevie and Lindsey recorded Buckingham Nicks and later met Mick Fleetwood.

5. El Carmen

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8138 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-1552
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Mexican restaurant where Stevie and Lindsey first met Christine, Mick, and John upon joining Fleetwood Mac.

6. Stevie's Hills Home

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2282 El Contento Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Stevie lived in this multi-level bungalow in the Hollywood Hills in the mid-'70s, after Fleetwood Mac had started their rise to the top.

7. The Forum

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3900 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305
(310) 330-7316

Fleetwood Mac played The Forum on August 29 and 30, 1977, on the Rumours Tour. They're playing there again next month, April 10 through 14.

8. The Village Recording Studios

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1616 Butler Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-8227
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Site of Tusk recording sessions in 1979; Stevie said it looked like a "house they lived in."

9. The Hollywood Bowl

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2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
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Two shows at the Bowl on August 31 and September 1, 1980 served as the finale to the Tusk Tour.

10. Lindsey's Home

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361 North Saltair Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Lindsey owns three good-sized properties in rockin' Brentwood, including this one, which he bought just last year.

11. Stevie's Haunted Mansion

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468 Chautauqua Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Stevie bought this mansion in 2005, but moved to her condo in Santa Monica's 101 Ocean Avenue shortly after, in part to downsize, and in part (as the rumors go) because she worries it's haunted.

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1. Tropicana Motel

8585 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Now a Ramada Inn, Stevie and Lindsey stayed at the low-rent rock and roll party pad while visiting Los Angeles in 1972.

8585 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

2. First Pad

751 North Orange Grove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The two lived somewhere on Orange Grove in the Fairfax neighborhood upon first moving to LA.

751 North Orange Grove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

3. The Copper Penny

6100 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

To make ends meet, Stevie waitressed at coffee shops around town, one of which was the Copper Penny, at Sunset and Gower. Today it's a Denny's.

6100 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Sound City Studios

15452 Cabrito Rd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

The legendary recording studio where Stevie and Lindsey recorded Buckingham Nicks and later met Mick Fleetwood.

15452 Cabrito Rd
Van Nuys, CA 91406

5. El Carmen

8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Mexican restaurant where Stevie and Lindsey first met Christine, Mick, and John upon joining Fleetwood Mac.

8138 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. Stevie's Hills Home

2282 El Contento Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Stevie lived in this multi-level bungalow in the Hollywood Hills in the mid-'70s, after Fleetwood Mac had started their rise to the top.

2282 El Contento Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

7. The Forum

3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305

Fleetwood Mac played The Forum on August 29 and 30, 1977, on the Rumours Tour. They're playing there again next month, April 10 through 14.

3900 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305

8. The Village Recording Studios

1616 Butler Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Site of Tusk recording sessions in 1979; Stevie said it looked like a "house they lived in."

1616 Butler Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025

9. The Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Two shows at the Bowl on August 31 and September 1, 1980 served as the finale to the Tusk Tour.

2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

10. Lindsey's Home

361 North Saltair Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Lindsey owns three good-sized properties in rockin' Brentwood, including this one, which he bought just last year.

361 North Saltair Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

11. Stevie's Haunted Mansion

468 Chautauqua Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Stevie bought this mansion in 2005, but moved to her condo in Santa Monica's 101 Ocean Avenue shortly after, in part to downsize, and in part (as the rumors go) because she worries it's haunted.

468 Chautauqua Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272