Rock Reads: Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll by Ann & Nancy Wilson with Charles R. Cross

Reviewed by Kevin Wierzbicki

.
Anyone who's ever rocked out to "Barracuda," "Magic Man" or "Crazy on You" knows that Ann and Nancy Wilson, the front ladies of Heart, can kick sonic butt with the best of them. In fact, in the very early pages of Kicking & Dreaming the sisters reveal that they long ago tired of dim-witted journalists quizzing them about how it feels to be a "woman in rock;" the girls saw the Beatles the first time they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and made a decision right then and there. Unlike their friends who dreamed of marrying a Beatle though, the Wilsons chose a similarly improbable dream: to be the Beatles. Here is the story of how that dream came true. There's a bit of a girly quality that comes through on Kicking & Dreaming since the writers, as with their songwriting, are not afraid to show their vulnerable sides. First guitars are discussed but so are first kisses and it's absolutely charming the way the Wilsons have a bit of fun revealing naοve but prescient aspects of their adolescent rock star dreams. While this type of fixation, obsession even, could be very harmful to the overall wellbeing of certain youths, it actually was a stabilizing factor for the Wilsons who never lost sight of their goal as they moved around the country constantly as military kids and coped with a very loving father who also happened to be a functional alcoholic. Heart fans know that Ann began struggling with a weight problem in the '80s; they could see it on album covers, in magazine photo spreads and on MTV videos. What fans didn't know was that Ann had also been a little chubby as a teen and was bullied and ridiculed mercilessly because of it. One thing the reader will notice as the book goes on though is that the Wilsons never carp about the bad stuff; they just lay out the details and tell the story. About the first third of Kicking & Dreaming tells the Wilsons' story pre-Heart then subsequent chapters chronicle what was going on basically album-by-album; Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, the re-issue of Magazine, and so on. Yes there are tales of champagne and cocaine but this isn't a Motley Crue bio so don't expect too much debauchery; do expect to hear about events like Nancy's wedding to Cameron Crowe (and later to her current husband) and humorous asides about things such as the "gherkin pickle wagon." The story comes current with the last chapter touching briefly on the work the girls put into their recent career retrospective Strange Euphoria and the recording of the upcoming new release Fanatic. Heart has a long track record of producing songs that are exceptionally endearing for their fans and Kicking & Dreaming proves to be no different.


Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

tell a friend about this article

.



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Stone Temple Pilots Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington- Guns N' Roses Add Dates To North American Reunion Tour- Rock Is No Longer Most Popular Music In America- more

Chester Bennington 'Remembered' In Epic Facebook Post- Nine Inch Nails Rock New Songs And Bowie At First Show in 3 Years- Metallica's Lars Ulrich Replaced By Little Girl- more

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Dead At 41 For Apparent Suicide- Album John Lennon Autographed For His Killer For Sale- Fleetwood Mac MusiCares Person Of The Year- more

Day in Pop:
Taylor Swift Wins Legal Victory in Assault Case- Shania Twain Release Second New Single 'Poor Me'- Louis Tomlinson Releases 'Back to You' Video Featuring Bebe Rexha- more

Linkin Park Officially Cancel 'One More Light' Tour- Ed Sheeran To Guest Star On 'The Simpsons'- Aaron Carter Talks Arrest, Lashes Out At Brother Nick- Taylor Swift- more

Ryan Seacrest Will Return As 'American Idol' Host- Taylor Swift TV Concert Special Preview Released- Vic Mensa's 'The Autobiography' Streaming In Full A Week Early- more

advertisement


Reviews

• On The Record: Raiders Of The Lost Ark Soundtrack

• Lollapalooza TBT Month: 2013 Day Two

• Sites and Sounds: Cincinnati Music Festival

• Queen + Adam Lambert Live In Chicago

• Road Trip: Festival d'ete de Quebec

• Junkyard - High Water

• Lollapalooza TBT Month: 2015 - Metallica, Brand New And More

• Sailing to Nowhere - To The Unknown

• Mark Slaughter - Halfway There

• Die Choking - III

• American High - Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement

• Root 66: Cary Morin - Cradle to the Grave

• On The Record: Melvin Van Peebles and Earth, Wind & Fire - Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Soundtrack

• Root 66: MandolinMan - Unfolding the Roots

• Messa - Belfry

• Root 66: Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos

• Road Trip Missouri: Get Your Sips on Route 66

• Rock Reads: 45 RPM (Recollections Per Minute) The Morrell Archives Volume 3

• The Fatal Pursuit - Sinful

• Root 66: Evan Michaels - Ain't No Stopping This

• TBT Van Halen

• Root 66: Jeffrey Halford and the Healers - Lo-fi Dreams • more

Rock News Stories
• Stone Temple Pilots Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington

• Guns N' Roses Add Dates To North American Reunion Tour

• Rock Is No Longer Most Popular Music In America

• Paul McCartney Laughs Off Controversial Group's Protest

• Chris Cornell Children's Music Therapy Program Established

• Kid Rock Pimping New Senate Campaign Merch

• A Day to Remember's Self Help Festival Expanded To More Cities

• The Script Announce Tour and New Album Details

• The Who Rocks 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Trailer

• Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Releases New Song 'See What Love Did to Me'

• Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Slam Hate Spewers

• more

B-Side Stories
• Taylor Swift Wins Legal Victory in Assault Case

• Shania Twain Release Second New Single 'Poor Me'

• Louis Tomlinson Releases 'Back to You' Video Featuring Bebe Rexha

• Luis Fonsi's 'Despacito' Most Streamed Song of All Time

• Beyonce Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Stirs Controversy

• Harry Styles Addresses Fourth Nipple Rumor

• SZA Joined by Travis Scott For Tonight Show Performance

• Game of Thrones Director Surprised At Ed Sheeran Backlash

• Jay-Z Releases 'Bam' Music Video With Damian Marley

• Blake Shelton Releases New Version of 'Doing it to Country Songs'

• 'Star Wars' Set Photo Unveils Donald Glover As Lando Calrissian

• French Montana Tributes Late Rapper Chinx In 'Whiskey Eyes' Video

• Jada Pinkett Smith Was A Drug Dealer When She Met Tupac

• Julia Michaels Announces New Album 'Nervous System'

• Miranda Lambert Shares Sweet Birthday Message For Anderson East:

• Thomas Rhett Declared The 'Best Baby Daddy' By Wife

• Luke Combs Donates Meet-And-Greet Funds To Children's Charity

• more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.