Book Review of Heart: Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll by Ann and Nancy Wilson

Book Review of Heart: Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll by Ann and Nancy Wilson

The Heart Sisters Kick It Out!

I will admit up front that I did not read the hard copy or the e-book version of this autobiography. Instead, I listened to the audio book and was thoroughly surprised from the outset. The narrators are none other than the leaders of the band Heart, the sisters-Wilson.

Rather than hire voice actors, Ann and Nancy recite their own story (as crafted and cross checked by Charles R. Cross) and do a very respectable job of delivering the content with news-anchor objectivism while still allowing the occasional hyperbole that only someone who was actually IN the story could get away with. Their story telling is on par with the same in-your-face reality shared by Sammy Hagar in his excellent autobiography. I can only hope that the text version conveys the same open-hearted exposure as is heard in their spoken voices.

Perhaps you want to know about their amazing childhood as daughters of a WWII Marine. Or their earliest ventures as singers enchanted by the Beatles. Or first forays in love and sex. And how the baby steps of Heart became the giant steps of HEART. Followed by broken marriages, raising children on the road, and growing older and wiser. Well you’re in luck because it’s all here. And it will win you over just as surely as the riff to “Barracuda” makes you kick up the volume in any car you are in.

Be warned, this book was written before the family rift that has torn Heart asunder in 2018. How the damage between Ann and Nancy concerning abusive family behavior is repaired will have to wait for a future revision. But after reading about, or in my case hearing about, all the love between them, surely peace will be made.

I rate it…4 Rock-Stars out of 5!

Pick up a copy from the local library or purchase your own though this link.