Reckless : my life as a Pretender

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New York : Doubleday, [2015].
First United States edition.
9780385540612, 0385540612, 9781101912232, 1101912235
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x, 312 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Wellesley - Adult
780.92 Hynde, C.
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New York : Doubleday, [2015].
First United States edition.
9780385540612, 0385540612, 9781101912232, 1101912235


Pretenders singer/songwriter Chrissie Hynde tells exactly where she came from and what her crooked, winding path to stardom entailed. Her All-American upbringing in Akron, Ohio, a child of postwar power and prosperity. Her soul's capture, along with tens of millions of her generation, by the gods of sixties rock who came through Cleveland -- Mitch Ryder, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Paul Butterfield, and Iggy Pop among them. Her shocked witness in 1970 to the horrific shooting of student antiwar protestors at Kent State. Her weakness for the sorts of men she calls "the heavy bikers" and "the get-down boys." Her flight from Ohio to London in 1973 essentially to escape the former and pursue the latter. Her scuffling years as a brash reviewer for New Musical Express, shop girl at the Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood boutique 'Craft Must Wear Clothes But The Truth Loves To Go Naked', first-hand witness to the birth of the punk movement, and serial band aspirant. And then, at almost the last possible moment, her meeting of the three musicians who comprised the original line-up of The Pretenders, their work on the indelible first album, and the rocket ride to "instant" stardom, with all the disorientation and hazards that involved. Then it all comes crashing back down to earth with the deaths of lead guitarist James Honeyman Scott and bassist Peter Farndon, leaving her bruised and saddened, but far from beaten. Because Chrissie Hynde is, among other things, one of rock's great survivors.


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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Hynde, C. (2015). Reckless: my life as a Pretender (First United States edition.). Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Hynde, Chrissie. 2015. Reckless: My Life As a Pretender. Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Hynde, Chrissie. Reckless: My Life As a Pretender Doubleday, 2015.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Hynde, Chrissie. Reckless: My Life As a Pretender First United States edition., Doubleday, 2015.

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