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Kicking and Dreaming Audiobook

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

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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 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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    D. XoXo So. California 01-27-17
    D. XoXo So. California 01-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting book"

    Similar to most rock stories. But I always enjoying hearing the authors read their own books.

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    Christopher R. 10-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    I really like listening to rock star stories of the road to stardom, but this one was slow and kind of hard to listen too. There was very little good times and Ann and Nancy just sucked the entertainment out of their story. It was about how they struggled because they were women their entire career. That could have been summed up in a chapter. Then Nancy goes on for what seems an eternity about how the McCain campaign used their song Barracuda for Palin. The fact that the campaign used the song in no way ruins the meaning of their song. I say shut up and enjoy the royalties. Ann goes on almost the entire book about her weight and how it made her feel. I agree the road to stardom and riches wasn't easy as a woman, but you are rich now and you did it sing and playing a guitar move on and be happy. Lots of people have real jobs. I wouldn't be this hard on the review, but damn the whole damn book is depressing.

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    E. Murphy KC 04-04-16
    E. Murphy KC 04-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "It was a little long for myself. "

    I liked the majority of it but seemed to drag on since I quit following them 20 years ago.

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    Kathleen A. Dunn Oak Ridge, NJ USA 04-03-16
    Kathleen A. Dunn Oak Ridge, NJ USA 04-03-16 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVE These Women who ROCK Congratulations Sisters"

    As a huge fan of Heart, I have rocked and been rocked by Ann & Nancy since the days of Dreamboat Annie. Many Amazing Live performances over the years... This intimate autobiography-- Read by the ladies themselves-- couldn't have been better. Well, actually-- they could have added a Wilson Sister music track before and between chapters. (an additional benefit of LISTENING to Their Story in their Own Voices... :-)

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    James Reed McGhee II 02-10-16
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    "Better than expected, and I expected a lot..."

    I always enjoyed the energy and passion of Heart. What I learned about the Wilson sisters' background, their close family, pride in their Marine Corps roots, and their childhood struggles, made them very relatable. The audiobook is unique because there are multiple narrators... Anne, Nancy, but also Roger and Michael Fisher, each telling their own part of the story. I was not the biggest Heart fan, but now I will go back and check out all those songs and albums I had not listened to before. As a 55 year old who still plays rock, these ladies, five and ten years my senior, inspire me to keep on rocking.

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    Scott Fowler Petal, MS 06-25-15
    Scott Fowler Petal, MS 06-25-15
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    "GREAT book about one of the greatest bands EVER!!!"

    Heart is one of the only bands that has been a life long "super favorite" of mine. Thier music has been a HUGE part of my life from childhood until now at 47 years old. Thier songs bring cherished memories flooding back into my mind of my childhood, teens, early adulthood, and adult life. I am also a member of MILLIONS of young men who had a mad crish on Nancy during my teens. I never saw them as a groundbreaking band because of the two sisters. I only saw a premier, ass kicking rock and roll band that rivaled ALL other great rock bands of the 70's, 80's, 90's, and the current century. They are more than deserving of all award,s accolades, and thier RIGHTFUL place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside the other historic rock bands. Anns voice has ALWAYS been the unmistakeable pure thunder behind Heart and Nancys voice has at the same time been the elegant, soft counterbalance. Combined they create a heavenly harmony that is unequaled in music. Nancys guitar prowess is just another element that rocketed Heart to American legend status and kept them there for half a century. I challenge anyone to find another rock band with even similar accomplishments and legendary status!!! My only criticism with the audiobook is the constant reintroduction of each commentator throughout the book. After the first chapter that is totally unnecessary and truthfully speaking gets annoying and detracts from the overall experience. Otherwise it is fantastic.

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    Jay La Mirada, CA, United States 06-11-15
    Jay La Mirada, CA, United States 06-11-15
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    "Thank you Ann and Nancy for sharing. Much enjoyed"
    What made the experience of listening to Kicking and Dreaming the most enjoyable?

    I have listed to Hearts music off and on since the first record. I saw them play at the California Jam 2. in the late 70's.


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

    Over all Ann and Nancy have a great story. I guess what stood out most was their deep sincerity and love for music relationships and their creativity. Something I believe Heart fans knew deep down anyway.


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

    The ending was inspirational and emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I am revisiting Ann and Nancy's music old and new and enjoying it all over again.
    They will be the RnR Hall of Fame for sure.

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    Kadee 04-17-15
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    "Audiobook a letdown"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have always loved the music of Ann & Nancy Wilson but this book on their life I found to be somewhat dull. I'm sure there life has been anything but boring but the way the story is told makes it seem that way. The book may have been better in print version. Their narration is very dry- they sound like they are reading directly from a script while describing their life. There's no real excitement or emotion from them.


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    AGUSTIN PUENTES JR. 03-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Right to your Heart"

    I loved this book! Most of their stories hit you right in the Heart (no pun intended). It's a must read!

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    L.J.Williams 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Yawn...stick to singing"

    While I love HEART , I would have enjoyed this more if it had been done like a live interview. Both Nancy and Ann sound wooden and scripted. I have no doubt they are reading from either hand written notes , or something written for them. I can't seem to get through the first couple of chapters before literally falling asleep.

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