Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson; co-written by Charles R. Cross.
Ann and Nancy did not want to marry the Beatles, they wanted to be the Beatles. This made the Wilson sisters different from other girls of the time. Later they added Led Zeppelin and Elton John to the mix. Yet what set them apart was a willingness to put in the work to get to that level. Their band, Heart, has managed to stay together and continue to churn out good music since 1975. This is a feat that is exceedingly difficult to do.
As a fan of the band, I wanted more details on the individual albums and songs, but I realize it would turn off most potential readers of the book. The Wilson sisters do a good job of walking the tightrope between too much technical information and not enough. Charles Cross does a good job of getting the stories from Nancy and Ann Wilson behind the highs and lows of their life. I often would page back to see who was speaking as Nancy and Ann have a similar tone in print. In addition to the Ann and Nancy, their older sister Lynn Wilson also contributes. There are also ‘bonus‘ paragraphs from personalities such as the original ‘Magic Man‘ Mike Fisher. It adds another dimension to hear these stories from the other side.
The first quarter of the book is filled with family information. It may seem a little slow but it informs rest of the book. The chapters on forming Heart and their early gigs is interesting. It seems to be a universal truth that good and great bands are never more than one lucky break from collapse.
This is one of the better Rock Biographies, especially if you’re not familiar with Heart.
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