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Title:
Reckless : my life as a Pretender
ISBN:
9780147521668
Edition:
Unabridged.
Physical Description:
8 sound discs (540 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Contents:
Prologue -- Beautiful trees -- Cuyahoga Falls...Terry! Christy! -- Akron -- Walk, don't run -- WHLO Appreciation Day -- Testing, testing... One two, one two -- Wanting the world -- Paul Butterfield and the security guards -- Kent State University -- Four days in May -- North of the border -- South of the border -- Bewitched and bedraggled -- Tattooed love boys -- The final countdown -- LET'S GO ON OUTTA HERE NOW LET'S GO! -- Limeytown! -- The NME -- Craft must have clothes but truth loves to go naked -- Paris -- Back to Ohio -- Is it getting hot in here or am I just going crazy? -- Mick's Gran's -- Days of punk and poses -- Moped mania and White Riot -- Lemmy -- Closing in on destiny -- It's always something -- Sid, Sid! Look what he did! -- Making rock history -- For the record -- Pretenders -- The last show -- The End -- Epilogue.
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Summary:
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 Back, 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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