Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, is one of the most widely imitated figures in rock: sexy, unflappable, vulnerable yet tough, a groundbreaking songwriter and performer. In these pages, Chrissie gives us her story. We see her all-American 1950s childhood in Ohio, and her teenage self falling for the rock music of the 1960s. We follow her to London, where she takes a job with NME and makes her way into the churning '70s London punk scene, meeting Lemmy, Sid Vicious and Iggy Pop, living in squats, writing songs, playing in early versions of the Clash and the Damned. Her work with the Pretenders--which melded punk, New Wave, and pop to irresistible effect--would catapult her to instant stardom. Through it all is Chrissie's unmistakable voice, ringing with fearless emotional honesty, a razor-sharp wit, and an enduring belief in the power of rock'n'roll.
A powerful and uncompromising memoir from one of rock's most charismatic stars
Long-listed for Penderyn Music Book Prize 2015.
"Chrissie Hynde has just written the rock memoir of the year" Sunday Times "Chrissie Hynde's autobiography Reckless ... out-rocks them all" Washington Post "She writes just like she lives, and just like she makes music. She does it her way, which is an inimitable multiplicity of things: impulsive, untamed, ragged, proud, a little sad around the edges" Daily Beast "Full of engaging stories, dry wit and revelations" Guardian "She writes beautifully" -- Mail on Sunday
CHRISSIE HYNDE is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the leader of the Pretenders. Hynde released nine studio albums as the Pretenders, beginning with1980's Pretenders, which Rolling Stone ranked in the top 15 best debut albums of all time. Most recently, she released the album Stockholm, under her own name, in 2014. She lives in London.