Friday, September 21, 2012

Win A Copy Of Heart's New Book Kicking and Dreaming


from Nicole at Miles High

The CVR blog has one copy of Heart's new book 'Kicking and Dreaming' to give away to one lucky emailer. The third email to this email address ( with the words "Heart Book Contest" in the subject line will win the copy. (one email per email address please!)


Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

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, 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 and roll?" Kicking and Dreaming puts that question to bed, once and for all.



Sept. 17, 2012 - 7pm Barnes & Noble (Union Square) New York, NY
Sept. 18, 2012 - 7pm Book Revue Huntington, NY
Sept. 27, 2012 - 7pm Barnes & Noble (The Grove) Los Angeles, CA



"Heart’s first gig was at a Vancouver, B.C., club called the Cave. The name was literal." (Chapter 10)

"Our skill at doing Zeppelin became our calling card and earned us most of our first bookings." (Chapter 10)

"I had to pick between the code of the road, and the sisterhood. I always chose to protect the guys, and band unity, as best I could." (Chapter 10)

"By 1975, we had become ‘the number one cabaret band in Vancouver.’" (Chapter 10)

"I felt like such a bohemian intellectual, but I also felt lonely being away from home for the first time." (Chapter 10)

"’You should join the band,’ Anne said. I know one day we’d again be in a band together." (Chapter 10)

"I wrote another friend a similar letter, but put it more succinctly, in all caps: ‘SHOULD I JOIN THE BAND?’ She wrote back, ‘YES, YES, YES.’" (Chapter 10)

Good Luck To All!!

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