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This book is in a word BORING I pushed myself to finish it ven though I have several other books in the ueue As others have stated the first 75% of this book focuses on Chrissie s unremarkable suburban middle class childhood and her blase rudderless boring drug fueled young teenage years and young adulthood While reading this I didn t ven get the sense that she Wanted To Be In A to be in a or be a musician apparently nothing lse to do and since she doesn t seem competent nough to perform or get she doesn t seem competent nough to perform or get with people in any other kind of job why not be a musician I was really hoping for some interesting insight into the London punk rock scene or The Art of Memoir early 80 s music maybe some personal insights into her relationships with Ray Davies and the guy that sang the Breakfast Club song notven mentioned but no not so much A little but really not much at all for having been there during the heyday Toward the The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life end the last 25% or less she starts to talk about the band finally the band mates the struggles with drugs and alcohol life on the road performingtc and the book became somewhat interesting but it was just a little too late for me Also since Chrissie is now no. Chrissie Hynde for nearly four decades the singersongwriter undisputed leader of the Pretenders is a justly legendary figure Few other rock stars have managed to combine her swagger sexiness stage presence knack for putting words to music gorgeous voice and just all around kick assedness into such a potent and alluring package From “Tatooed Love Boys” and “Brass in Pocket” to “Talk of the Town” and “Back on the Chain Gang” her signature songs project a uniue mixture of toughness and vulnerability that millions of men and women have related to A kind of one woman secret tunnel linking punk and new wave to classic guitar rock she is one of the great luminaries in rock history   Now in her no holds barred memoir Reckless Chrissie Hynde tells with all the fearless candor sharp humor and depth of feeling we’ve come to.

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Longer a Yankee she uses a lot of what I would assume is British slang who knew a vagina was called a flue probably a good one to remember So sometimes I had no idea what she was talking about Clearly this is not someone you want to no idea what she was talking about Clearly this is not someone you want to out and have a cheeseburger with being that she is a self professed STAUNCH and rather militant vegetarian she would probably gob you on your knob I saw her on watch what happens live last night Boring there too All in all Chrissie comes off as a not very likable semi talented person who was in the right place at the right time with the right people and was able make a career out of it Good for her but please don t waste your hard arned money on this piece of shite If you like Chrissie Hynde and think her music is brilliant DO NOT READ THIS BOOK She seems like she is a complete idiot who has not learned very much from her life xperiences I generally steer clear of books recommended on NPR but in this case the author suggested that I not buy her fucking bookhttpwwwnprorg201510064460834I can understand not wanting to be part of the rape culture dialog that s her prerogative But she was downright hostile and basi. Expect xactly where she came from and what her crooked winding path to stardom ntailed Her All American upbringing in Akron Ohio a child of postwar power and prosperity Her soul 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 PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition essentially toscape 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 boutiue 'Craft Must Wear Clothes But The Truth Loves To Go Naked' first Reckless My Life as a PretenderCally refused to talk about her book on a book tour interview Sheesh Very disappointing I really wanted to Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography enjoy this as Hynde is one of my favourite rock stars There are some great stories in here and an insight into a massive decade or so of rock history But it s poorly structured poorly written and fragmented In short it needs the firm hand of a goodditor Leave the book and pop on a Pretenders album instead 35 starsReckless is a great title for this book AND for Chrissie Hynde This woman has been through some serious shit Most of it self inflicted and just plain crazy STDs drugs and Rock Roll she s been through it all The book nds after two of The Pretenders died a long time ago and I think that s apt because that s when her recklessness nded mostly that s apt because that s when her recklessness nded mostly Growing up in the sixties allowed her to do a lot of things that could not be done now You can t knock on the windows of cars and ask someone to take you somewhere not without worrying you ll nd up in a dumpster behind a 711 anyway You can t hang out with hard bikers without putting yourself in danger That one was as true then as it is now and believe me THAT was some real dangerOverall And 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 serial band aspirant And then at almost the last possible moment her meeting of the three musicians comprised the original line up of The Pretenders their work on the indelible first album “The Pretenders” and the rocket ride to “Instant” stardom with all the disorientation and hazards that involved The it all comes crashing back down to arth 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   We are lucky to be living in a golden age of great rock memoirs In the aptly titled Reckless Chrissie Hynde has given us one of the very best we have Her mesmerizing presence radiates from very line and page of this book. ,