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WATCH: Nancy Wilson Talks Falling In Love With The Guitar, Being A Woman In Rock

Heart’s Nancy Wilson celebrates a birthday today (March 16), and it goes without saying that she and Ann Wilson together broke down tremendous gender barriers and helped opened the door for women in rock.

As part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum’s “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit, Nancy sat down and talked about holding a guitar for the first time and the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated rock world.

In the time since Heart’s debut (and the band’s induction into the Rock Hall in 2013), it’s safe to say that countless women owe a big “Thank You” to Nancy and Ann.  Who knows what the musical landscape would be without them?

Ann and Nancy Wilson | Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power

An interview with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart (inducted 2013). Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power highlighted the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated - and sometimes lesser-known women - who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles.  (She received an A.)