Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll - Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson

Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll

By Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson

  • Release Date: 2012-09-18
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
4
From 98 Ratings

Description

Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

The mystery of "Magic Man." The wicked riff of "Barracuda." The sadness and beauty of "Alone." The raw energy of "Crazy On You." These songs, and so many more, are part of the fabric of American music. Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans everywhere classic, raw, and pure badass rock and roll for more than three decades. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart—certainly from their male counterparts but also from their female peers. By refusing to let themselves and their music be defined by their gender, and by never allowing their sexuality to overshadow their talent, the Wilson sisters have made their mark, and in the process paved the way for many of today's female artists.

In Kicking and Dreaming, Ann and Nancy, with the help of critically acclaimed and bestselling music biographer Charles R. Cross, recount a journey that has taken them from a gypsy-like life as the children of a globe-trotting Marine to the frozen back roads of Vancouver, where they got their start as a band, to the pinnacle of success—and sometimes excess. In these pages, readers will learn the truth about the relationship that inspired "Magic Man" and "Crazy On You," the turmoil of inter-band romances gone awry, the reality of life on the road as single women and then as mothers of small children, and the thrill of performing and in some cases partying with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Van Halen, Def Leppard, and other rock legends. It has not always been an easy path. Ann struggled with and triumphed over a childhood stutter, body image, and alcoholism; Nancy suffered the pain and disappointment of fertility issues and a failed marriage but ultimately found love again and happiness as a mom. Through it all, the sisters drew from the strength of a family bond that trumps everything else, as told in this intimate, honest, and uniquely female take on the rock and roll life.

Throughout their career, Ann and Nancy have never found an answer to the question they are most frequently asked: "What is it like to be a woman in rock and roll?" Kicking and Dreaming puts that question to bed, once and for all.

Reviews

  • Heart Rocks on in print

    5
    By Kimmy loves Duke
    I love the way Ann and Nancy tell their story with such openness and honesty. They have been my rock music idols since the seventies and I couldn't put this book down! The bond they share is both inspiring and beautiful. A must read for any true Heart fan, but great for any fan of rock.
  • A Joy to Read

    5
    By VintageLPs
    Thank you for sharing your story, Ann and Nancy. It is a fascinating journey culminating in Heart's induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame last year. Chris Cornell did a fabulous job introducing Heart and it is an honor well deserved.
  • Fascinating Biography from Rock Royality

    4
    By @129_BPM
    Excellent dive into the background of one rock history's most successful female rock duos. Equal parts family history vs. music chronology, I found this book to be a fascinating read. Definitely a must for Heart fans or anyone with an interest in rock and roll history. Highly recommended!
  • Great Read

    5
    By RBI31
    This book gives a great look into the lives of the Wilson sisters. I loved not just knowing the story, but also their thoughts on the situations. It's amazing to know that one of their most 'popular' times with regard to mainstream/pop music, was also a time of great creative frustration. This should be required reading for adolescent girls so that they see what it means to be strong, independent, and in charge of their lives.
  • Great Book, read in 2 days!!

    4
    By Floridagirlx
    Wasn't, boring and I like the way the sisters were honest about Themselves. Was very surprised , sad and happy through the whole book. Couldn't put it down .
  • My sister & I are still amazed with Ann & Nancy

    5
    By Yojayyyy
    My older sister and I grew up in California in the 60's-70's. Our parents were divorced in 1976 so we moved to chicago where my older sister introduced me to music (Mostly Heart amongst other great bands), but we especially bonded over Heart. We would sit in her room for hours Tracing the cover of the Dreamboat Annie cover & all the rest as they came out - just jamming & singing our hearts out ( and still do) - Hearts music got us through many hard, lonely times and still do, but we, the Rogers sisters, always had the Wilson sisters to jam out to, to make us happy for the past almost 40 years later! The music just keeps getting better! We never miss a concert in Houston - it's such a special night for us to get away and get swept up in the music. I loved this book, as Ann & Nancy are our idols, show themselves as strong, independent women, which we became and also am teaching my daughters to be & they love you too! I am so glad Ann & Nancy shared their stories. I love it when you read something in the book & go - oh man that's cool to understand where the songs come from. Heart was the very first concert I saw in 1980 in Oakland's colisium for the Day on the Green with Ozzy, Pat Travers! Blue Oyster cult, etc.. And Heart closed that show! It was the most thrilling moment of my concert going life) Maybe one day soon at the next house of blues in concert in Houston we would be honored and lucky enough to give them a hug for all they have given my sister & I & all of the millions of other fans! Again, Thanks ladies for sharing your personal life with us and please don't stop jamming anytime soon! With much love & respect, The Rogers Sisters, Houston, TX!
  • Love Heart!

    5
    By Cal Woolson
    When are these women going into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame????
  • Kicking and Dreaming

    5
    By NikkiH1965
    Excellent read about two women I have listened to and loved for over 20 years.
  • I love the Wilson sisters!

    5
    By EmB69
    Very open and honest memoir. I couldn't put it down!
  • Good Read

    4
    By Ismitchellsan
    It's always fun to read the backstory on a band that you have listened to and STILL listen to all these years later. But I gotta say - whoever the editor was didn't do a very thorough job. Still enjoyed it nonetheless!