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Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll | [Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson]

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

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2012 Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 06-05-13
    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 06-05-13 Member Since 2004

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    "A joyful find for a fan"
    If you could sum up Kicking and Dreaming in three words, what would they be?

    I good clear assessment of who they are, where they wre, and how they got to where they wanted to go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kicking and Dreaming?

    For me, the dicussion about their work in the mid 80's was memorable. It was the time when I started to tune them out, the book helped explain how it all happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed hearing about the various records and songs. I often paused the book to relisten to an old album or song to tie it well with the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ann's complete honesty about weight, drugs and relationships along the way was quite moving. She was open and frank and honest. Very refreshing to find someone willing to be so open. As I 37 year fan I appreciate the trust she shared with me, the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book and read through it quite quickly (for me). I found the way that some rather dark areas of the history were shared honestly and reflectively. When certain details came out that could hav ebeen exploited, I found their approach rather clear, frank and honest. This was no gossip rag biography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Orleans, Ontario, Canada 04-28-13
    Cory Orleans, Ontario, Canada 04-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A study of integrity vs. responsibility"

    First, let me start by saying I LOVE HEART. Great records, great songs, great performances, and a wide variety of music - what's not to like? The early history of the band is a great story of finding one's way and overcoming adversity (ie. weight, the perceptions of others, etc.) to carve out a truly great body of work. There's also a very clear sense of exactly how the Wilson sisters ultimately came to holding full control of the band, edging out the founders in the process - and that's actually a compelling and rational part of the story, which doesn't leave a sense of false ownership. Really, the band's appeal was always squarely focused on the sisters (for better or worse), not the various other members. Hats off to Howard Leese, quite frankly, for sticking around as long as he did; he clearly contributed significant amounts to Heart's legacy.

    As the story makes its way into the 80's, however, the tone changes from empowerment to embellishment. It is awkward to hear a pair of trail-blazers for women in music (a term they are tired of hearing, I'm sure) describe their 80's-era output of music in such calculating terms - that the outside-written songs were terrible, that their outfits were involuntarily foisted on them, that the image and direction of the band was seemingly out of their hands, etc. It would be easier to respect that period of their career if they took responsibility for the choices that characterized it - and make no mistake: these were choices within their power to direct otherwise, and they instead opted to pursue an adulterated image and made-to-order song selections to maintain their profile and popularity in an ever-changing musical landscape. Others have opted to remain absolutely true to their musical integrity, which has led to bands being dropped, independent recording, and overall downsized fame (or even flame-out) and audience base - but I'll bet the audience that stuck around for those bands were the true believers that recognized authenticity and an unwavering sense of purpose.

    The Wilsons will unfortunately probably never know how many of their 80s-era fans were fans of them or of the highly processed pop music they were recording at that time. And, again - I love Heart, and I really love a lot of what was on those Capitol albums (Heart, Bad Animals, Brigade, even Desire Walks On), because a great pop song is a great pop song, and a great performance is priceless. I just wish they were proud enough of that period to take ownership for their part in it, rather than suggesting they were involuntary participants, which seems a bit like having your cake and eating it too (enjoying the popularity, but disdaining the artistic compromises that made it possible). Hell, I'm sure Pat Benatar is sick to death of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (an outside-written song, itself), but she still retains the pride of where that song took her to continue performing it in concert - a fact that I'm sure Eddie Schwartz (its writer) continues to appreciate.

    Bottom line: this audiobook is a great story about a great band, then becomes a not-quite-apology for a period of their career they freely embraced at the time, to significant fame and financial gain. It seems that, if a band doesn't want to forever be defined by a song as mundane (my apologies, Mutt Lange) as "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You", they probably shouldn't have recorded it in the first place. Celebrity and adulation need to be actively pursued - no one has ever been forced to become popular at gunpoint.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Diehl Sherman Oaks, CA 03-04-13
    Beverly Diehl Sherman Oaks, CA 03-04-13
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    "Epic Rockers, Epic Story"
    Would you listen to Kicking and Dreaming again? Why?

    I *did* listen to it again. I wanted to listen for the story between the lines stuff that gets left out per courtesy and/or legal department recommendations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kicking and Dreaming?

    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.


    What does Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When the music industry said they were finished, Heart was just getting started.


    Any additional comments?

    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 fascinating look at the growth and changes in the music industry over the decades.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Bethany, OK, United States 02-15-13
    Brad Bethany, OK, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very interesting and insightful"
    Where does Kicking and Dreaming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just how much love they show for each other and their family.


    What does Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is like you are sitting there listening to them telling story's and you get the emotion through the way they tell everything. They were great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Hillsboro, OR, United States 01-02-13
    Katie Hillsboro, OR, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic Story on Heart & Women in Rock"

    A fantastic insight into the Wilson sisters rise to fame & how they survived the fame to become true artists. They paved the way for women in rock & have the scars to prove it.

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    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 12-16-12
    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Cosmic Dreamer

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    "Is Heart a band that is important to you?"
    What made the experience of listening to Kicking and Dreaming the most enjoyable?

    This is a great behind the scenes look at one of the great rock bands. Ann and Nancy Wilson tell us a story that sounds true. Too many drugs, surprisingly little sex. Not that prudishness is rampant either.


    What other book might you compare Kicking and Dreaming to and why?

    The performance seemed dull compared to Tina Fey's and Penny Marshall's recent books. But then, Fey and Marshall are actors, the Wilson's are singers, musicians and songwriters.


    What about Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson ’s performance did you like?

    I felt that this was an honest account but for most of the book you got a strong impression that it was simply overdone. There wasn't a joyous feeling through most of the book. Near the end of the book they hit a topic that really got them riled up - Sarah Palin. When the Palin camp tried to commandeer the song "Barracuda" the Wilsons fought back.

    To be honest, if someone else read this book I probably would not have purchased it at all so I'm not suggesting that someone else read the book. But I bet they made a lot of mistakes when they did the first takes. I think I would put some of the mistakes into this performance.

    Another thing, why not put into the performance some Heart songs - not the whole song, just a snippet here or there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Heart is important to me so I wanted every word. I just wish I felt a little more heart from Heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 11-26-12
    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Absolutely loved it!"
    What did you love best about Kicking and Dreaming?

    Even though each sister or contributor, was introduced when it was their time to speak, it didn't bother me. This is a TOTAL history of Rock N Roll from the early 70's to now....what a treat! I could just imagine how each of them felt when they met their idols! They connected with everyone in the music biz and it is amazing! I love how they get personal and tell their side of their lives, whether they were together or not....great family insight to their personal and VERY personal relationships. I have never been a BIG fan, but always loved their originals, like Barracuda, and always enjoyed their music. When they did All I Want To Do, I didn't like that era...and they felt it too....if you grew up with good and great rock in the 70's until early 2000's, then this is for you. Even if you hardly know or listened to them, for these ladies to lay it out there verbally, took ALOT of balls! You won't be disappointed!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BOTH!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ALL!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. V Boston, MA 11-11-12
    Mr. V Boston, MA 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    long run

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    "Enjoyable book read by the authors"
    What did you love best about Kicking and Dreaming?

    An interesting story. Anyone who listened to Heart's music growing up will enjoy this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kicking and Dreaming?

    How Ann Wilson was able to overcome her self image issues with her weight. The hurtful comments that were thrown at her would have devistated almost anyone else.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson – was your favorite?

    Both ere equally enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, just because of its length. However, I would still listen to sections of it for hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad the authors read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 10-17-12
    David WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Dream"
    What did you like best about Kicking and Dreaming? What did you like least?

    For big fans, the Wilson sister continue their strong Goddess presence and keep you wanting more just as they did with their music.


    Would you recommend Kicking and Dreaming to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this for 'any' fan of the Wilson sisters music and art.


    What does Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Both of the Wilson sisters kept me mesmerized with their voices and their stories. Just like their music I was captured by Ann's voice drawn into the tales.


    Was Kicking and Dreaming worth the listening time?

    I am glad it was available on audio book because I moved it to the top of my list and must listen as soon as I downloaded.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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