In the enhanced e-book edition of Kicking and Dreaming you'll find an exclusive new audio track, "Trash Bag Slippers (Trust Me)", written and performed by Ann and Nancy Wilson, as well as 9 exclusive videos featuring intimate interviews with the sisters about growing up as the daughters of a Marine, Ann's struggles with a speech impediment, the challenges of working together as sisters, the impact of MTV in the 80s and more.
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.
Please note that due to the large file size of these special features this enhanced e-book may take longer to download then a standard e-book.
After years of playing small clubs around Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest for little-to-nothing and enduring numerous indignities at the hands of spiteful club owners, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson finally got their break when Heart's "Crazy On You" hit the airwaves in 1975, thus realizing a dream born when the girls first saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. But while venues got bigger and paychecks increased, they still struggled with rampant sexism in the music industry, and Ann continued to face criticism for her fluctuating weight. Nevertheless, the duo persevered to attain huge commercial success, paving the way for countless female musicians who would follow. Here, the sisters with the aid of Cross (Heavier than Heaven) recount failures and victories big and small, as well as the stories behind classic songs like "Magic Man," "Barracuda," and "What About Love" with equal parts candor and humility. Unfortunately, Heart's career arc is all too typical, characterized by success, substance abuse, decline, and a comeback. Still, the sisters' grounded approach and appreciation for each other adds a refreshing element to an oft-told tale. Photos.
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Kicking and Dreaming
I am delighted to have an opportunity to write a review for this highly anticipated book from my heroes Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. As a long time fan I find it gives new insight into their unusual lives in the time of seventies rock and answers a few of my questions about the song lyrics. I still have a few questions however about some songs not mentioned. Ann and Nancy are gifted writers and this book lives up to the calibre of writing that I expected from them. As a fan, I still have Heart on my playlists and will always remain a fan. As a DJ in the 1980's I turned a lot of people on to their music and here in Canada we do feel that they are part of us although they really are from Seattle. I was lucky enough to see them in Courtnay, Victoria and Vancouver in the 1970's and find myself very proud of them.
Ann and Nancy congratulations on your performance at the Kennedy Centre Honors for Led Zeppelin and for finally getting that well deserved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award. It's about time that you are finally recognized for your huge contribution to rock and to women in rock. I can't wait to see the ceremony on television. Peace and Love.
Kicking & Dreaming, Rock & Roll with 5 Stars
In 1975 I was 16, my cousin's boyfriend had an extra ticket to see Rod Stewart and asked me if I would like to go, I had never been to a concert before and immediately said yes. So the first rock and roll band I saw was, Heart. We had amazing Gold seats, at Maple Leaf Gardens, row 5 or 6 stage right, inline with maybe the second or third row on the floor, we had first hand view of the energy that the Wilson sisters pumped out in that huge arena, I was hooked on them forever. Thanks to this book I now have the insight as to what and when was going through their lives as the progressed through their many stages of Heart and to understand how important they were in the evolution of women in rock and roll. Thanks for a great read, I could not put the book down until it was finished.