Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 19:25:43 EST
HEART sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson will release their biography Kicking And Dreaming on September 18 via HarperCollins Publishers.
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 n’ 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.
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, BC, 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 n’ roll?" Kicking and Dreaming puts that question to bed, once and for all.
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