Kicking & Dreaming

Kicking & Dreaming

A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll

Book - 2012
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Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans 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. 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. Here, they 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. Through it all, the sisters drew from the strength of a family bond that trumps everything else.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : ItBooks, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062101679
0062101676
Characteristics: 279 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Nancy 1954-
Cross, Charles R.

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Jogr77
May 01, 2017

Interesting, quick read. Sad to see the sisters did not realize they would need God's strength and guidance. Many affairs, a lack of morals, insecurity, trying to fill the hole in their soul by sex, drugs, music and meeting celebrities. Never satisfied.
The story winds it's way through the back story of their journey, to gain a musical career, where they received many breaks, and a few tough dealings. Changes in band mates, transitioning away from being intertwined songwriters in Heart.
I had a friend who met Nancy. He said she was pleasant to speak with.

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SFBookAddict
Mar 09, 2017

A brilliant and engrossing insight into these two pioneering rock goddesses. I loved reading how the Beatles' music played an important part in their musical odyssey. One of my favorite quotes is: "The thought that women could play instruments, write their own songs, and sing, they way the Beatles did, would have been ludicrous to anyone, maybe even us back then. But the Beatles gave us a glimmer of a dream." Unlike most female Beatlemaniacs who wanted to be the Beatles' girlfriends, sisters Nancy and Ann wanted to be the Beatles.

I didn't know way back in the 70s and 80s how much sexism there was in the the rock world. It astonished me how anyone could doubt that Nancy Wilson could really play the guitar! I admire the courage and persistence of these rebellious women to follow their dream and deal with the crap that came with the territory being female rock musicians. What I also like about this book is the honest way they tell their story. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. A must read for all Heart fans, women who love rock music and considered being on the rock stage, and those wanting to know who the Magic Man really is.

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spudwil
Jan 17, 2014

Excellent biography of the Wilson sisters and their journey as they break into the old boys' club of rock and roll. Very entertaining with a lot of Canadian references and their affection for our country shines through. I hope they do a sequel or at least turn this book into a movie. Nancy way married to Cameron Crowe for many years and he would be the perfect person to take it to the big screen.

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eighthafpierce
Sep 21, 2013

A inside look at the Wilson sisters and the Seattle band Heart. Having seen them back in 1979 at a peak before the departure of the Fisher brothers and then the bass player and drummer they had a great sound. Ann looks back with a honest view of her experiences, both good and bad. Refreshing not to see too much resentment. Rock and Roll 'road' band is a tough life style, touring, touring, sound check and more touring and having to be 'on' gets old. Addictions and the problems thereof happen. I think this was brought out. Maybe a lesson learned? Don't have romantic realtionships within a band..

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dionyzus
Aug 27, 2013

Very entertaining Heart band autobiography. Keen insight into the history of the band, and the times they lived out their years of glory as the most successful female-fronted rock band of the 70s and 80s. Also very cool to hear the way they essentially passed the torch to their Seattle little brother bands in the 90s as the grunge movement took off. Overall a great read.

moviefan721 Apr 02, 2013

You'll be hard pressed to find 2 more talented women in Rock and Roll. Great book about the struggles of a rock band.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 10, 2013

Excellent account of the sisters Nancy and Ann of the band Heart. Unlike so many biographies of movie and rock stars, this one doesn't wallow around in the drug use part of being famous (that gets so boring after a while). Instead this is a very honest look at the two sisters, their background, their personal demons and the difficulties of being accepted as 'persons' in the rock business and critiqued on their playing and singing rather than being sexualized or criticized about their appearance. You'd kinda think that in an 'artistic' business, your peers would be more open-minded and less liable to try and fit you into a pre-ordained slot, but apparently there are lots of performers and critics who like their answers nice and simple and who let their own prejudices about body-type dictate their reactions to the arts being performed. Anyway, long story short, it's a really good book!

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claireswazey
Jan 15, 2013

They aren't the only sisters in rock and roll who write their own stuff etc.

Michael Colford Oct 22, 2012

Ann and Nancy Wilson, with their co-writer Charles Cross tell the story of Heart, from their childhood growing up as daughters of a military man, to the highs and lows of their rock and roll careers. Having been a fan of Heart since the beginning, I knew lots of the stories they told from interviews and stories over the years, but their personal lives, moving all over the country and the world during their childhood, and the family dynamics between them, their parents, and their sister Lynn, were fascinating to read.

I truly enjoyed some of the insights of behind their songs and albums... almost wish there was more of that. Also learned alot about the early dynamics of the original band. The conflicted success of the late 80's Heart was fascinating to hear in such a forthright manner, and I had lost track of these talented sisters during the late 90's and early 00's, so the book filled all of that in nicely. All in all, an entertaining bio of two of the most talented and fascinating musicians in rock and roll history.

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میکائیل
Dec 03, 2012

"In May 2011, Nancy and I traveled to Vancouver with this book's cowriter to go back and visit the places we'd lived and worked in our early days….And though the visit brought back a flood of memories of my early romantic life, of the start of Heart, of our five-year plan, my strongest memory was of the music. It had been sitting outside the cottage by the creek, where I had written those "Dreamboat Annie" songs that in the decades since had taken on a life of their own. I had stood in these woods, with a soul full of love, and played my flute, accompanied by the sound of the gurgling brook. In that earlier version of Ann, those songs had existed only as a glimmer of a dream in a young girl's imagination. I had sung their words countless times onstage, but for a moment that day in Vancouver, they came to my lips as spoken words, without melody, a credo of sorts: "Cold, late night so long ago, when I was not so strong, you know." I hadn't written the songs back then, even though many came straight from my life, from my diaries, from my phone calls with my mother, from my nights of passion with the first man I loved. I hadn't written the songs back then because I never do. The songs had written me." --Ann Wilson fr. "Kicking & Dreaming"

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