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A powerful and uncompromising memoir from one of rock’s most charismatic stars

By 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.

Reviews

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

Through all of the tragedy and mishaps, Reckless remains first and foremost a love letter to rock ’n’ roll

New York Times

Something close to rock’s Joan Didion

New York Times

Fascinating

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  • Paperback

    9781785031465

    September 19, 2016

    Ebury Press

    416 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781785031441

    September 15, 2015

    Ebury Press

    320 pages

    RRP $45.00

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    9781473528307

    September 8, 2015

    Ebury Digital

    416 pages

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