Ann & Nancy Wilson are legendary figures in the world of rock, who undoubtedly have some more than interesting stories to share of their over four decades in the music business. This Tuesday (Sept. 18) their book ‘Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll’ hits shelves (Harper Collins) and tells the stories behind their ascent in the world of rock, the inspiration and making of their classic tracks, and shares juicy details about some of the connections with other artists they’ve made over the years. Here’s a full description and some of what you can expect to find in the book:

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 (Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain), 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.

Rollingstone.com  has posted some of the stories found in the book, and by all indications, it looks like it will be an amazing read:

During Ann’s junior year in high school, their parents became aware that their daughters were regularly smoking pot. Having hit a bit of a counterculture experimental phase, one night after dinner, the Wilson parents suggested that the whole family toke together. Ann recalls it being rather embarrassing: “It wasn’t the best pot, but I wasn’t about to share my connection with my parents.”

“Crazy On You” was inspired by Ann’s first serious romance, with Michael Fischer, who would soon become Heart’s iron-fisted manager. The pair shacked up on a hippie commune in Canada. Wilson writes that while the lyrics “were straight out of the scenes of wild sexuality that went on in the cottage,” they were also about her feminist awakening and finding empowerment through her music.

During Heart’s earliest incarnation they were primarily a cover band, cementing their reputation in the Vancouver club scene with their set of Led Zeppelin songs. In March 1975, Heart was onstage performing “Stairway to Heaven” when Zeppelin themselves walked in, fresh from their show at the Pacific Coliseum. Wilson writes that the foursome seemed oblivious, disappearing into the club’s inner-sactum, where Jimmy Page was tended to by “his doctor” before promptly passing out.

When Nancy was on location with her then-husband (and former Rolling Stone scribe) Cameron Crowe while he was directing the 2001 bomb Vanilla Sky, the film’s star, Tom Cruise, gave the couple a personally guided tour of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre.

The early radio success of “Magic Man” was paid for with hookers and cocaine. The band’s publicist would ferry the Wilson sisters to radio appearances where they would meet the DJ, do a station ID and then be told to go wait outside. According to Nancy, “When we were out of the way, he’d pass the DJ a gram of cocaine or the number of a hooker he’d lined up and say ‘She’s yours, on Heart.’ It wasn’t until years later that the Wilson sisters found out about the shady dealings that had gone on behind their backs.

The photo negative for a topless picture of Ann Wilson, taken surreptitiously by Annie Leibovitz, is rotting in a safe deposit box. When a shoot with the photographer for the band’s Bebe Le Strange-era Rolling Stone cover went south, the band demanded the famed rock photographer destroy her copy; when she refused, Heart took her to court. The judge ordered the negative to be kept in a safe deposit box that could only be opened with two keys – one belonging to Wilson and the other to Leibovitz – insuring it would never see the light of day.

In the fall of 1982, Heart had a brush with the legendary ego of John Cougar Mellencamp. The young singer was opening the band’s tour behind Private Audition, Heart’s first album that wasn’t an immediate million-seller, when Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” went to number one. He came to the band with a proposition: “Seeing as your album is a turkey and mine is a hit, care to swap places?” The Wilson sisters declined, reminding him that the tour had sold out before he’d even been announced as the opening act.

While Heart was on tour with Van Halen, Alex and Eddie, in their own fumbling, wasted way, suggested a four-way-of-sorts between them. The sisters declined, but later that night, when Nancy learned that Eddie didn’t own an acoustic guitar she was incredulous, and she gave him one of her own before sending him on his way. The next morning, after a night-long binge, he called her hotel room and serenaded her over the phone.

Order your copy of ‘Kicking & Dreaming’ at amazon.com

Ann & Nancy have the upcoming book signing appearances scheduled:

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

Ann & Nancy continue their 2012 tour with dates into November, and will release their 14th studio album ‘Fanatic’ (via Legacy Recordings) on October 2nd.