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

tell a friend about this article

.



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Previously Unreleased David Bowie Album Streaming Online- 'Devastating' Loss Impacted New Metallica Album- Kings Of Leon Release 'Walls' Video- Panic! At The Disco- more

Megadeth Working Feverishly On 'Crazy' Project- Bring Me The Horizon Cancel Shows Due To Frontman's Illness- Red Hot Chili Peppers Add Dates Tour- Iron Maiden 2017 Tour- more

Jimmy Page Eyes 2017 For New Music- Video From Final AC/DC Show With Cliff Goes Online- Metallica To Rock The Tonight Show- Iron Maiden Vs Ticket Scalpers- more

Day in Pop:
Chris Brown Denies Report Of Child Protective Services Investigation- Kenny Chesney Finishes Cosmic Hallelujah Album, Reveals Details- Miike Snow Stream Mark Ronson Remix- more

Panic! At The Disco Recruit Stranger Things Star For Video- Fans At T.I. Concert Shooting File Lawsuit- Slash Praises Axl Rose Fronted AC/DC- Elvis Television Series- more

Shawty Lo Killed In Car Accident- Tim McGraw, George Strait, Others Star In 'Forever Country' Video- Adele Dedicates Concert To The Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Split- Lady Gaga- more

advertisement


Reviews

• Suidakra - Realms of Odoric

• On The Record: Motosierra

• Gravitysays_i - Quantum Unknown

• Road Trip: Odysea Aquarium Making A Splash In Scottsdale, AZ

• TBT: The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute

• Root 66 Ladies Edition: Annika Chambers, Gabrielle Louise, Tami Neilson, Carrie Newcomer

• Winter Calling - FACES

• Dinosaur Pile-Up - Eleven Eleven

• Mike Campese - Chapters

• Coffin Dust - Everything is Dead

• On The Record: Kate Fagan - I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool

• The Tigerlillies - 123456 EP

• Road Trip: Swaziland Part 3- The Best Places to Stay

• Mutants of the Monster: A Tribute to Black Oak Arkansas

• Root 66: Stony Plain Records Label Showcase

• Jim Peterik - The Songs

• RockPile: Prog Edition- Gong, MJ12, Armonite

• Travel News, Trips and Tips: CooLHeadS, Lassoing the Sun, Outrigger Resorts' Waikiki Music Lovers

• Rotten Sound - Abuse To Suffer

• Obsidian Kingdom - A Year With No Summer

• RockPile: Gringo Star- On Dolphin- More • more

Rock News Stories
• Previously Unreleased David Bowie Album Streaming Online

• 'Devastating' Loss Impacted New Metallica Album

• Kings Of Leon Release 'Walls' Video

• Panic! At The Disco Announce Death Of A Bachelor Tour

• Led Zeppelin Would Never Claim Song Theft Says Page

• Iron Maiden Announce UK Arena Tour Dates

• Angus Young Pays Tribute At Cliff Williams' Final AC/DC Show

• Butch Vig Looks Back At Nirvana's 'Nevermind' 25 Years Later

• Jon Anderson Releases 'Tour Of The Universe' Soundtrack

• Moby Shares His Love For Pantera's The Great Southern Trendkill

• Rolling Stones Legend Keith Richards Take Over TV Channel

• Fall Out Boy Release Short Film 'Bloom'

• Kepler Ten Releasing Debut Album Under New White Star Deal

• Jimi Hendrix's Engineer Eddie Kramer Reflects On Band Of Gypsys

• Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Reveals The First Album He Bought

• Hang The Bastard, Ingested Added To Damnation Fest

• more

B-Side Stories
• Chris Brown Denies Report Of Child Protective Services Investigation

• Kenny Chesney Finishes Cosmic Hallelujah Album, Reveals Details

• Miike Snow Streaming New Mark Ronson Remix

• Drake Albums Going Vinyl For The First Time

• Sarah McLachlan Announces New Christmas Album 'Wonderland'

• John Conlee and Mark Chesnutt Lead All-Star Flood Relief Benefit

• Chance the Rapper Talks Kanye West Collaborative Album

• 'Harlem Shake' Songwriter Baauer Teams with C.Z. For New Track

• The Game Details His Relations With The Kardashians

• GG Allin Custom Emojis Released

• Kesha Defends Corey Feldman Following Online Hate

• Ariana Grande and Mac Miller Take Their Mothers On A Date

• Nipsey Hussle Encourages The Game and Meek Mill To Talk It Out

• Jack White Explains How Beyonce Collaboration Came Together

• 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.