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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (444 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson Narrator: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carter | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty juicy. Their revival in the 80s comes off as pretty much a mistake, somewhat tarnishing their reputation. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Spear | 2/10/2014

    " I really wanted to love this book since Heart was such a part of the background to my youth, but it really fell short. Ann and Nancy are incredible and you really get to understand their passion for music but I felt like we were only told parts and small pieces of the other stories. I wanted to feel like I was part of the Connie's but the writing just didn't dive deep enough. To be fair, they did share some vulnerable aspects of their lives but just brushed past so many things. I'm still inspired by these women who kicked ass and continue to kick ass and hope to keep hearing about the in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Margot | 1/31/2014

    " I really wish this was better! I wanted to like it so much, but I just couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. Not well constructed or edited at all--reads like a transcript of an interview that should have been worked into an actual cohesive narrative. The raw material is okay, but some of the stories shared by the Wilsons read like facile caricatures of the actual events they experienced; perhaps through repeated retellings these stories have lost their verisimilitude even though they actually happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen | 1/28/2014

    " I thought this book had the potential to be much better than it turned out to be. I read it in a day and a half and felt that there could have been much more detail added. It shouldn't have been such a quick read. "

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