Chrissie Hynde - Book - by Chrissie Hynde
the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron,
Ohio. Her perfect '50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired
taste for rock 'n' roll, motorbikes and the 'get down boys' seen at gigs
in and around Cleveland - Mitch Ryder, the Jeff Beck Group, the Velvet
Underground and David Bowie among the many. Wrapped up in the Kent State
University riots and getting dangerously involved in the local biker
and drug scenes, she escaped - to Mexico, Canada, Paris and finally
London where she caught the embryonic punk scene just in time not only
to witness it first-hand, but more importantly to seize the opportunity
to form her own band, the Pretenders.
Iggy Pop, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Vivienne & Malcolm, Ray Davies ... on every page household names mingle with small town heroes as we shift from bedroom to biker HQ; from squat to practice room; from pub gig to Top Of The Pops - the long and crooked path to stardom, and for the Pretenders, ultimately, tragedy. That Chrissie Hynde is alive to tell the tale is, by her own admission, something of a miracle.
Throughout she is brutally honest, wryly humorous and always highly entertaining. She has written one of the most evocative and colourful music memoirs to be published in recent years.