My Life as A Pretender

Book - 2015
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The rock legend reflects on her life and career.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385540612
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 H998H 2015
Characteristics: x, 312 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Oct 20, 2020

Numb account of numbed-out “Reckless” young life of wishing to make music, shoplifting, and masochistic episodes with biker-gang thugs. No ghost-writer, no feminism. For introspection and emotional content, listen to Hynde’s Pretenders records instead.

Feb 10, 2020

As a huge fan of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, I was really looking forward to hearing her story, and she has some distinctive tales to tell about choosing to live life on the edge as much as possible after her suburban 60s Ohio childhood. Chrissie took reckless chances as she bounced around from here to there, a misfit guitar-playing girl meeting up with interesting and eventually famous people as she tried to find her way. It was an enjoyable read but she stops the story way too soon. Tell me more, tell me more...

Dec 24, 2019

A good example of why I don't read a lot of biographies. the first three quarters were her as a wide eyed music fanatic hung up on the band du jour. then the rest filled with drunken debauchery, backstage tales and life on the road. you really have to wonder how the Pretenders ever came together. it won't stop me from listening to the CDs though.

Nov 12, 2019

Came to this book via a brief reference in Adam Gopnik’s treatise A thousand Small Sanities.
Chrissie Hynde writes unapologetically about her early years - a blur of substance abuse, promiscuity and lifestyle disease.
Equal weight seems to be given to one night flophouse stays and a significant trauma of a biker gang rape.
And then abruptly, after all the well - described dark years-
The door on reaching sobriety and motherhood slams shut.
Not sure what the end goal was here: a breezy tell-all of the painful early years , or a finger wagging caveat about stardom and the price of reaching it.

Feb 26, 2019

The interviews she gave after publication of this book were way more interesting than the book itself. What she writes is what she wants us to know about her life leading up to the formation of the Pretenders until Jimmy and Pete died. Then, THWACK, nothing. Like wading through mud, honestly.

Sep 04, 2017

I kept wondering to Hubby...I'm 30% in (50%, 60%, 70%)...when is she going to be in a band? And then there's NO back story for Precious (besides another band member was fiddling with some music, and she decided to write the lyrics). Yet, she wrote about every concert she went to, details how to live with near zero money (shoplift, squat, take advantage of giving parents), lots of drugs...

Dec 14, 2016

A good read for music and Pretenders fans.

Nov 20, 2016

Rock and roll, drugs and sex, in that order. It is interesting that in a book in which Hynde "tells all", one does not gain much insight into what she really thinks. I would have like more on the music, less on the scene. The book filled in some blanks, but overall was unsatisfying.

Sep 12, 2016

I really enjoyed it. She talks about how nothing came easy while trying to get a band going and when they did get going, new problems came along with it.
She talks about the loss of friends and band mates due to drugs/alcohol and how she also got caught up with biker gangs etc.. You don't have to be a big Pretender fan to enjoy the book.

Mar 18, 2016

Pretty much a waste of time. 3/4 of the book was pre-Pretenders and the Pretenders were lightly touched on, but just the first 2 albums. For a book written in 2015? Not worth the read at all.

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