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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

279 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780062101679

ISBN-10: 0062101676

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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 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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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780062101679
ISBN-10: 0062101676
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 279
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.5 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Prologuep. 1
The Lady Axe Killerp. 9
The Big Fivep. 21
Dust Off Your Shoesp. 31
Meet the Beatlesp. 41
Blood Harmonyp. 49
Cryin's in the Chapelp. 59
A Boy and His Dogp. 69
She's Here to Singp. 77
The Whisper That Callsp. 85
The Impossible Perfect Thingp. 93
The Northern Lightsp. 101
Burn to the Wickp. 111
Natural Fantasiesp. 121
Ocean upon the Skyp. 131
Blows Against the Empirep. 143
Heartlessp. 155
Leave It to Cleavagep. 167
Junior's Farmp. 179
The Battle of Evermorep. 191
Live from the DoubleTree Innp. 203
The Other Half of the Skyp. 213
The Boys March Inp. 223
Send Up a Flarep. 233
I Can See Russiap. 243
Hope and Gloryp. 251
Glimmer of a Dreamp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Heart Isp. 277
Permissionsp. 280

Book description

Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy Wilson 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 & Dreaming, Ann and Nancy recount a journey that has taken them from the back roads of Vancouver, where they got their start as a band, to the pinnacle of success—and sometimes excess. They reveal the truth about the relationships that inspired "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You", the reality of life on the road as single women and then as mothers, and the thrill of performing and in some cases partying with their rock idols. Through it all, the sisters draw strength from a family bond that trumps everything else.

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