posted at 9/17/2012 4:20 PM EDT
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
Too much is made about Heart being a group fronted by two women (regardless of whether or not they were sisters or not).
Fact is they rocked hard and their songs, especially the early hits ( Crazy On You, Magic Man, Barracuda , Straight On) had great support from lead guitar , bas and drums in the more than able hands of 4 guys ...Steve Fossen, Howard Leese , Roger Fisher and Mike DeRosier...were just as responsible for the impressive sound as the ladies were.
I don't mean to slight the Wilson sisiters, but this was not just a "chick" band, the guys were a big part of the music, too.
Welcome back, Zilla. As you can see, posting is just as problematic as it was a week ago, but we are still toughing it out.
With all due respect (which I feel is unnecessary for me to say, actually), I don't think that Heart ever fell into "chick band" status either, by a long shot, but I don't equate that with denouncing the fact they are a band that is centered and fronted by a woman. In their new book, rather, they want to recognize and acknowledge the undeniable issues that they encountered as females in the music industry --- and I doubt that's a point that can be contested. I am sure, in fact, you agree with it.
I don't think it can be under-estimated what the Wilsons endured on the path to RnR greatness, that caused them *different* struggles than the sort that men endure while on the same path.
We all agree that as consumers of music, we're drawn to the music we like, and don't formulate that around who's in the band. However, the idea that Ann and Nancy wrote a book to describe their experience(s) in the music industry isn't going to be valid without discussing gender issues. As well as the "sister" thing.
In any event, a discussion about Heart is a good thing, and long over due.