As a big fan of autobiographies and a decades long admirer of Heart, I took a special interest in this book and couldn’t wait to read it. What I thoug...moreAs a big fan of autobiographies and a decades long admirer of Heart, I took a special interest in this book and couldn’t wait to read it. What I thought I knew about Heart was a drop in the bucket. I had no idea they had broken so many boundaries. Ann and Nancy have carved their own niche by sharing their souls, giving us all they have. This book follows the same generous path.
It’s formatted to be an interesting read, revealing first-hand, significant facts without lingering on any subject too long, These women unveil a mountain of honor without a drop of arrogance, evident by the constant, extreme loyalty to family and friends. It’s fascinating to learn the truth behind certain songs, but even more compelling is discovering how they made positives out of negatives.
The book is filled with interesting personal stories, behind the scenes adventures that blend courage with imperfections. They remained focused, while dipping their toes in some tempting pools of water. They are grounded, yet vulnerable. They explored without forgetting their principles.
This book is a testament to keeping your nose to the grindstone and focusing on what you love. They make decades of hard work sound like fun, a quality they also possess on stage.
I became an instant fan of Red Velvet Car the minute it came out. Something about that song just cut to the bone. Ann Wilson’s ability to paint a picture through music has always fascinated me. After reading how the song originated, I now understand why. That song, like this book, represents the raw, gutsy truth.
It seems silly to say you’re proud of someone you don’t even know, but after watching this group since the release of Dreamboat Annie in 1976, it’s gratifying and heartwarming to read how they’ve endured the music business and came out on top. When I hear a Heart song on the radio I can’t help but turn it up. I would have to say the same of this book. Turn it up. (less)
When I read a book I think of one thing; the story, and this story was engaging. It was almost too realistic at times, making me a little edgy during...moreWhen I read a book I think of one thing; the story, and this story was engaging. It was almost too realistic at times, making me a little edgy during some scenes. There was some great tension and some great moments of downtime, as every story should have.
I always enjoy people coming together for a cause and that’s what these guys do. Some of the violence was a bit harsh, but when you’re dealing with meth labs and drugged out peeps, there’s really no sense in trying to stand on moral ground, even though in a roundabout way, the protagonist and his pals did. It showed me things I didn’t like, which took me outside of the ‘safe zone’ and made me like the book even more. It’s gutsy and raw in places and that’s what a story should be.
There were a few bumps, but as with the last two books I’ve read (Harper Collins and Penguin) there were bumps in those books as well. I’ve never been one to grade a book, but instead, focus on the story. This would be a good movie. (less)
I really enjoyed this book. It's no more repetitive than walking out the door each day, only to find an entirely new set of issues, problems, and answ...moreI really enjoyed this book. It's no more repetitive than walking out the door each day, only to find an entirely new set of issues, problems, and answers. Bill has taken a seemingly unknown trade and explained the intricacies. His approach to the hurdles he faced with each show was not only creative, but told in a very humbling way. Every story revealed insight and problem solving and the behind the scenes scenarios were definitely interesting. Learning about some of the actors and their love (or not) for animals was very human-especially when you discover how much care and attention was involved when it came to the treatment of the animals. Even though he mentioned all the hard work involved, it was the animals that received the credit. Explaining where the various animals ended up after each show was satisfying.
This book is truly one of a kind. The good kind. (less)
I thought this book was extremely well written. Certain subjects did repeat often though, and towards the end I began bypassing the footnotes. It was...moreI thought this book was extremely well written. Certain subjects did repeat often though, and towards the end I began bypassing the footnotes. It was a good look into the lives of a few people who chose to let the joy of life pass them by, in exchange for a dream. Funny at times and sad at times. (less)