Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062101693
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 88,414
  • File size: 8 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    At last!

    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!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Loved it!

    I felt like I was along for the ride. Fans will love this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    A MUST Read for ANYONE Who Longs to Pursue Their Dreams! Highly Recomend For Parents to Read, then Read WITH Their Children as they Prepare for Young Adulthood - the Time We All Crave Guidance in How to Successfuly Follow our Dreams.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    Enjoyed this book am 53 years old and still remember back workin

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Open dreamspace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    READ

    I was told tht lesbi.an.s come here? Anyone here?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    I knew of HEART athough I was not a follower.  I could to sing a

    I knew of HEART athough I was not a follower.  I could to sing along to a few of tunes.
    In the 70's many were over played on stations repeatedly, making it difficult to learn more about the basic personalities and the soul that each offered to their songs.
    This book helped me understand the makings of each sister.
    I would recommend this as a good read to those who want to learn MORE of the human side
    Not just the fame. Buy a cd for greastest hits for that. Unlike many others, this was not wrte with the attempt to inform you of whose famous shoulders that they rubbed.It is about them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Great read!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Jade...

    Res 4 plz... u got locked

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Idiots

    U guys r weird my boyfruend will beat u suckers up

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Holly

    Sure

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Anastacia to Jack

    How old r u ? Iam single... ;)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Jack

    Yeah. How bout dinner at candles res 2

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Awsome book!

    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!

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    Excellent journey

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    SOOOOO AWESOME!

    Awesome book so far.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Interesting

    This book was an enjoyable, quick read, but didn't go into the heady days of fame as much as I would have wished.

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