For decades, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have been part of rock and roll history. From the 1970s, when they delivered mega hits like "Crazy on You" and "Barracuda", to the 1980s and 1990s when they conquered radio and MTV with songs like "These Dreams" and "Alone", to 2010 when they scored a Billboard top ten hit with the release of their album "Red Velvet Car", and up to today with their 2011 nomination to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Heart has always been, first and foremost, a showcase for these talented women. But as women, Ann and Nancy have faced down different challenges than many of their male counterparts, with questions about body image, relationships, and their place in the rock pantheon that sometimes took precedence over the power of their music and their success. Now, with the help of critically acclaimed and bestselling music biographer Charles R. Cross, and timed to release with their latest album and tour, Ann and Nancy share their story. Finally, Heart fans will learn the truth about the relationships that inspired memorable songs like "Magic Man", and the turmoil in the band when those relationships fell apart, a family bond strong enough to conquer all, the struggle both women face of being a devoted mother and a touring musician at the same time, and a rollercoaster relationship with fame, here is the groundbreaking story of two women who broke gender barriers, and broke all the rules about rock music.
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The story of Heart is a story of heart and soul and rock ’n’ roll. Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, have been part of the American rock music landscape. From 70s classics like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” to chart- topping 80s ballads like “Alone,” and all the way up to 2012, when they will release their latest studio album, Fanatic, Heart has been thrilling their fans and producing hit after hit. In Kicking and Dreaming, the Wilsons recount their story as two sisters who have a shared over three decades on the stage, as songwriters, as musicians, and as the leaders of one of our most beloved rock bands. An intimate, honest, and a uniquely female take on the rock and roll life, readers of bestselling music memoirs like Life by Keith Richards and Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? will love this quintessential music story finally told from a female perspective.
“Righteously entertaining….[it] shows just what it’s like to be a woman who rocks, then and now.” (New York Daily News)
“Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilsonóbetter known as the faces and voices of Heartólook back on the personal and professional struggles and triumphs that define their legacy as one of rock’s pioneering female-fronted, creatively autonomous acts.” (USA Today)
“Thorough and entertaining….[Kicking and Dreaming is] satisfying for its breadth and spirit….the Wilsons write movingly and with a sense of humor.” (Miami Herald)
“An interesting duet that details precisely how women truly rock.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Book Description It Books, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110062101676