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

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

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by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Charles R. Cross
     
 

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The story of Heart is a story of heart and soul and rock ’n’ roll. Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, have been part of the American rock music landscape. From 70s classics like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” to chart- topping 80s ballads like “Alone,

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The story of Heart is a story of heart and soul and rock ’n’ roll. Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, have been part of the American rock music landscape. From 70s classics like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” to chart- topping 80s ballads like “Alone,” and all the way up to 2012, when they will release their latest studio album, Fanatic, Heart has been thrilling their fans and producing hit after hit. In Kicking and Dreaming, the Wilsons recount their story as two sisters who have a shared over three decades on the stage, as songwriters, as musicians, and as the leaders of one of our most beloved rock bands. An intimate, honest, and a uniquely female take on the rock and roll life, readers of bestselling music memoirs like Life by Keith Richards and Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? will love this quintessential music story finally told from a female perspective.

Editorial Reviews

New York Daily News
“Righteously entertaining….[it] shows just what it’s like to be a woman who rocks, then and now.”
USA Today
“Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson—better known as the faces and voices of Heart—look back on the personal and professional struggles and triumphs that define their legacy as one of rock’s pioneering female-fronted, creatively autonomous acts.”
Miami Herald
“Thorough and entertaining….[Kicking and Dreaming is] satisfying for its breadth and spirit….the Wilsons write movingly and with a sense of humor.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062101693
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
117,855
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Ann & Nancy Wilson are the leaders of the rock band Heart, whose albums have sold thirty-five million records worldwide. They continue to tour all over the world. In 2013, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Ann & Nancy Wilson are the leaders of the rock band Heart, whose albums have sold thirty-five million records worldwide. They continue to tour all over the world. In 2013, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Charles R. Cross has written nine books, including Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain, which was a New York Times bestseller, won the 2002 ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography, and was called "one of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star" by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix and was the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, with Ann and Nancy Wilson. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now Ann & Nancy can tell the straight on story of Heart in their own words and fans won't have to worry about the indignity of their identities being switched around or listen to the same old unimaginative questions being asked. I was glad to see input from the other band mates as well. They shared many personal family stories and some good old sex, drugs and rock and roll tales! Rock on ladies!
Heartmonger42 More than 1 year ago
This is been a story I have waited 40 some years for. It is absolutely the most awesome rock and roll book you could ever read. Ann and Nance are honest and don't mince words. I can't keep putting it down. I keep reading and reading and re-reading it. Rawk on Heart!!!! You are a classy band that has put a mark on four decades. You still rock and never had a show that disappointed!!!! We love you!
JamieB63 More than 1 year ago
A lifelong Heart fan, a 49 year old Mom of 3, daughter of a marine, and 3rd of 3 sisters, I read more into this book than just the music -- Speaking of the music however, who didn't want to be a Beatle, I ask you? Other reviewers talked about preferring to hear about the musical years, rather than the 'family life'. I, however, really enjoyed hearing about the family ties that shaped the strong, independant women they've become - they were able to fearlessly channel their creativity into the music we identified with....unafraid to cross the boundaries that Janis had approached - - Heart has torn through those barriers and never looked back... Hearing the struggles, , , Ann -with her self-image, the experience of having her children, and her journey into sobriety - - Nancy- the difficulties of a marriage, feeling self-conscious in front of other Moms, reminds us that we're all just the same - Its refreshing to realize again that images are just that - sometimes a shield we all hide behind. I think the Wilson sisters have invited us into their lives and personal battles through their songs, finding a way to heal, and lets us know 'this too shall pass'..... I, for one, am grateful- as I continue to enjoy my favorites (Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Bebe le Strange), and explore the recent (Red Velvet Car, & Fanatic) - as well as helping to create a new generation of Heart fans - my 11 year old son is a huge fan! At Heart's next venture in our area, i plan to have him there to hear Ann belt it out, and Nancy make that guitar sing! My parting comment is to let Ann know to "keep it simple"... after 23 years on my own journey, I can attest that the best part is just beginning.... Thank you Ladies....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A simple and intersting telling of the truth as they see it. Openess with no pompous bull about their talents or greatness and much about their journey you did not know. Should have MANY MANY MORE PICTURES!
Snoqueen More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastically written book. The style is very conversational, so much so that you feel as if you're sitting with Nancy and Ann as they tell their story from their childhood all the way to the present. I have been a Heart fan since 1976 so I was surprised at how much I didn't know. Many secrets are revealed and the depth of honesty which the story is told in is both uplifting and at times heartbreaking. If you want to really know about what has driven these two women for so long (It's not just about the f'in music) then get this book. Not only will you not be disappointed, you will be astounded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Heart. This book takes you into the most intimate parts of Ann and Nancy Wilson's life including the good and the bad. I appreciate their music even more now. I enjoyed the video clips of Ann and Nancy talking on several subjects. It's a must read if you are a avid Heart fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was along for the ride. Fans will love this book!
DAL More than 1 year ago
What I enjoyed most about this book was hearing from both Ann and Nancy. It was almost like sitting in a room with them listening to them talk about old times. It was also interesting to hear from a few outside people as well. I hated putting this book down, but seeing as I was reading on my lunch hour at work I HAD to! Really a great read for any fan, or anyone wanting a little look see into the world of Rock and Roll told by two legends of Rock. Enjoy!
maximus1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book am 53 years old and still remember back working for Wentworth by the Sea in NH Dreamboat Annie and Little Queen would play where the empoyee's hung out. Heart and and I always connected and still love there music because they really do care about it and of course love it. Have my Ann Wilson Story when I was in the Coast Guard stationed in Seattle in 1995 and went into Fred Meyer's and saw Ann buying some fruit, didn't say anything because I just wasn't sure what to say. When she left went to the cashier and said was that Ann Wilson of HEART she said yes she's the real deal and that sums it up the Wilson sisters are and alway will be the real deal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Open, Honest rendering of the real world of Artisic Dreamers; and a must read for ALL Mothers who want to raise (especially their daughters) their children with the most well informed kind of encouragement possible. All Children are Dreamers. Therefore, shouldn't parents try to educate themselves about the realities of the road of life their children may choose to follow in search of their dreams? Regardless of the dream, their are always bumps along the path. This book is truly about Sisters who overcame every obstacle and ugly reality that their road to their Dreams through at them and continue to land on top.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
My review is about the audiobook, though that has convinced me to spring for the Hardback as soon as funds permit. Nancy's voice is sweet, and she has a way of inflecting sentences in the MIDdle, almost as if they are a QUEStion. Ann's voice is richer and lower in timbre, but was also somewhat raspy, and I wondered if she recorded her narration with a cold. There are also sections read by their sister Lynn, and by others, like their co-songwriter Sue Ennis, and the band's former manager (and Ann's ex) Mike Fisher, lead guitarist (and Nancy's ex) Roger Fisher, Howard Leese, and more. It surprised me a bit that the exes would cooperate to the point of recording audio material. Memorable Moments - so many: Ann and Nancy didn't want to be the Beatles' girlfriends, like their friends did - they wanted to BE the Beatles; to play their own music, write their own songs, to be feminine and sexy and powerful. K & S discusses Ann's struggles with her weight going back to pre-adolescence, and the pressure this put upon her, and the band - as if the ONLY accepted standard of beauty is thin, and the only measure of musical quality for a femme-led band is not voice, nor songwriting quality, nor musical performance, but the size and shape of the female members. Ann talking frankly about her love/obsession for Michael Fisher. Quitting the band and taking off for Canada (whence M. Fisher had gone to escape the Vietnam draft), and living with him in a little round house over a stream, in a bed built on driftwood branches. Nancy and her own similar but differing ideas and in the end, determination to find her own way. * The intriguing details about the Magazine album, and finishing it under armed guard. * I loved hearing about the "birth" of one of my favorite songs, Mistral Wind. * The many stars who tried (and failed) to bed the Wilson sisters, either separately or together. * Ann referring to "the song writing me," something I often feel about a story. * The glimpses of the birth of the Seattle grunge movement, and Ann as one of its "mothers," down to sheltering its stars in her home and (platonically) in her bed. * I cannot now remember which Heart band member wore unitards so as to show off his third nipple. *The birth of the Lovemongers acoustic group. * The 1995 official Heart hiatus as Nancy needed to work on babymaking. I suspect that genuine Heart fanatics who've followed every Rolling Stone and Circus and fanzine interview may feel like there's nothing genuinely new here. But for those like me, who genuinely enjoy the music, but haven't hung on every interview beyond the lyrics, there's a lot of insight here. It's also a very interesting look at the growth and changes in the music industry over the decades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading about one of my favorite bands growing up. Worth reading. Jms
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This takes you through the story of Heart from the Wison sisters as children all the way through present day, in both their voices. I've always admired their amazing talents, and now admire them as women every bit as much.
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I love heart and this book is well written. You can actually see and feel what it was like for this band. Keep on rocking!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought Ann & Nancy where very honest and straight forward! I coudnt put the book down. At times I felt it was scattered or confusing but in any event I thought it was a excellent book and I would recomend it to anyone who enjoys not only Heart but biographys! Happy reading,
bleacherbum99 More than 1 year ago
It's like being in the back seat and riding along down the Canadian highways with the Wilson sisters. Excellent read. The pair tell their tale of the unlikely trip they took to the top and the parties they took in along the way. quick read and very fun book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book so far.
rach8789 More than 1 year ago
This book was an enjoyable, quick read, but didn't go into the heady days of fame as much as I would have wished.