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Kicking & Dreaming

A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll

Wilson, Ann

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Kicking & Dreaming
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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: 0062101676
9780062101679
Characteristics: 279 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), ports. ;,24 cm

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Jan 17, 2014
  • spudwil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 21, 2013
  • eighthafpierce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A inside look at the Wilson sister 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 and Nancy look back with a honest view of thier experiences, both good and bad. Refreshing not to see too much resentments. Rock and Roll band is a tough life style, touring, touring, 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 realtionships within a band... they end very badly for both parties.

Aug 27, 2013
  • dionyzus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 02, 2013
  • moviefan721 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 10, 2013
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Dec 04, 2012
  • میکائیل rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"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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