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Kicking & Dreaming by Ann  Wilson
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This book makes a somewhat interesting read for fans. If you aren't already a fan, though, you won't find much here to keep you turning those pages.

The book tells the story of Ann and Nancy Wilson starting at the beginning -- the very beginning. As in, going back to tell about long dead ancestors, then about how their parents met, their own births and childhoods, etc., before getting to the meat of their musical journey. They make a weak attempt at employing the popular method of starting with a smashing story to pull you in and then going back to tell things chronologically, but even the prologue isn't all that thrilling.

The biggest problem here is they decided to tell this in an oral history style, with almost all of the storytelling coming from Ann and Nancy, back and forth. It could've been much more interesting if the writer working with them had taken those contributions and woven them into the true tale of two talented and beautiful sisters taking on the rock world and kicking its ass, but alas, that didn't happen.

There are enough interesting details to keep longtime fans like myself reading, though at the same time disappointed at the wasted promise of what could have been. The book drags a bit and makes you work hard to hang in to get those fascinating tidbits, often told in a fairly bland way. You come away having lightly scratched the surface of what it must've been like making music, touring, loving, losing, and fighting back against various BS they faced over the years. I enjoyed the book more than it sounds like here; I really do think other fans will enjoy it, too. It just doesn't bear up well to reflection.
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Reading Progress

December 3, 2012 – Shelved
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
February 16, 2016 – Started Reading
February 21, 2016 – Finished Reading

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