Kicking and Dreaming

  • by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
  • Narrated by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Pure Heart

What did you like most about Kicking and Dreaming?

I loved this book, it was great to hear so many different voices from the actual people discussed in the book. Each telling their view of events from over the decades.


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

The book was so honest and interesting. I learnt lots about how the sisters were feeling throughout many periods of their fame.


Have you listened to any of Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Great, warm, humorous, honest and at times sad.


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

Yes I did! But completed in a week and wanting more.


Any additional comments?

A must not just for Heart fans, but also anyone interested in songwriting and even family dynamics and pressures of friendship in the face of the spotlight of fame.

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- prefabsproutfan

Fascinating

Great to hear the truth behind all the rumours, the weight battles and personal trials of Ann & Nancy with the added bonus of narration by the ladies themselves and also other people mentioned in the book contribute. From the early days with family memories to the present day. A good length without being too long. Recommended for both Heart fans or those wishing to hear a good biography.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-09-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio