"We were there for the art. We weren't there for the salacious slimeball mentality of the industry." Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images Heart , fronted by the bewitchingly powerful sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson , ascended during an era where women were still outliers in rock — and sure as hell weren't expected to be leading their own band. "There were mainly four jobs for us to choose from then," Nancy explained at the band's 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. "Teachers, mothers, nurses, or waitresses." But the industry's sexism wound up being an irreverent source of inspiration for the Wilsons, with some of Heart's best-known songs serving as a big, threatening "fuck you" to the men lurking in the studio shadows. (With other hits, of course , celebrating the complex art of female desire.) Beginning with 1975's Dreamboat Annie, crescendoing with 1977's Little Queen, and skillfully reinventing themselves with 1985's Heart, the band not only proved that hard- and glam-infused rock had a place for mainstream stardom, but that the success could be accomplished with women — gloriously permed and eyeshadowed — at the helm. Nancy, the band's guitarist, backing vocalist, and… Read full this story
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