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Reckless. My Life by Chrissie Hynde

January 3, 2016

Chrissie HyndeReckless. My Life by Chrissie Hynde. Pub. Ebury Press, 2015.

This intelligently written and literate auto from Chrissie Hynde will rock you. It is not pretty it is not glamorous and it begins with a quote from Tony Bennett “Life teaches you how to live it, if you live long enough”.

Well Chrissie Hynde is still alive but there was a lot of carnage left behind and her own survival is quite remarkable as she tells in this exposee of the rock music world.

She opens with ‘here it is girls my reckless life’ and that is an understatement. She says it is about drugs and drug abuse and she is not wrong.The only thing she didn’t like about drugs were the assholes she had to hang out with to get them. She had tried LSD and hard drugs before she lost her virginity.

No parent wants to hear that their daughter or son went through all that Chrissie Hynde did and to her credit she waited until their departure from this mortal coil. to write it.

By her own admission she was a total prick when she drank and she didn’t think she was much of a guitar player or singer. She was wrong there of course, I remember how the Pretenders emerged out of the mire of punk music with their first album which was just divine. I still have the LP.

I highly recommend this book, the best from a rock star since the one by Marianne Faithfull also reviewed on this blog. In fact they tell a similar story. I would have liked to know more about the music she wrote and how songs came about. Songs like Kid, Private life and Brass in pocket need an explanation. The history of the Pretenders although short was a tragedy and is eloquently told.

The best thing I can say to Chrissie Hynde for this book  is “thanks for keeping it real”. Celebrities these days couldn’t write the way Hynde has. They are to into Instagram and twitter to write anything meaningful.


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