Stevie Nicks Releases Cover of Stephen Stills ‘For What Its Worth’ -
Stevie Nicks ADOTG at Rochford Winery on Saturday 18 November 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Stevie Nicks ADOTG Rochford Winery Saturday 18 November 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Stevie Nicks Releases Cover of Stephen Stills ‘For What Its Worth’

by Paul Cashmere on September 22, 2022

in News

Stevie Nicks has released a cover of the Stephen Stills’ Buffalo Springfield classic ‘For What Its Worth’ this Friday.

“I am so excited to release my new song this Friday,” Nicks posted to her socials in a handwritten note. “It’s called ‘For What It’s Worth’ and it was written by Stephen Stills in 1966. It meant something to me then, and it means something to me now.

“I always wanted to interpret it through the eyes of a woman – and it seems like today, in the times we live in, it has a lot to say… I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

Buffalo Springfield was the early band for Stephen Stills and Neil Young before they got back together as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1969. The band released three albums, ‘Buffalo Springfield’ (1966), ‘Buffalo Springfield Again’ (1967) and ‘Last Time Around’ (1968).

‘For What Its Worth’ was recorded the day after the first album was released and added to the second pressing in 1967. Stills wrote the song about the Sunset Strip curfew riots and the clash people LA police and youth in the day. Buffalo Springfield had a residency at the Whiskey a Go Go in Sunset at the time. The curfew meant all events on Sunset had to end by 10pm. Music fans leaving venues after 10pm were charged with loitering. Fans revolted because of the infringement on their civil rights. It all came to a head with a demonstration on 12 November, 1966. Stills wrote the song about the time and recorded the track on 5 December, 1966. The song quickly became one of the great protest songs of its time.

Buffalo Springfield ‘For What Its Worth’ reached on 7 in the USA.

In 2011 Stevie released another song called ‘For What It’s Worth’ but it was a different song written by Stevie with The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell.

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