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My Life as A Pretender

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From Chrissie Hynde, one of rock's most iconic, alluring, kick-ass, and (let's face it) sexy women, a brilliant, no-holds barred memoir of a rock life lived to the hilt.

Chrissie Hynde, the songwriter and frontwoman of The Pretenders in its various incarnations, has for 35 years been one of the most admired and adored and imitated figures in rock. This long-awaited memoir tells her life story in full and utterly fascinating detail, from her fifties childhood in Akron, Ohio, to her classic baby boomer seduction by the rock of the sixties to her sojourn in the crucible of punk that was seventies London to her instant emergence with her band The Pretenders in 1980 into stardom as a frontwoman and songwriter. She brings a fantastic eye for detail, a withering and sardonic sense of humor and a fearless and sometimes naked emotional honesty to her memoir, and every line, every word of it, is unmistakably hers. It is sure to be recognized as a classic of rock literature--and man, is it fun to read.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345816245
Branch Call Number: ANF 782.42164 HYN
Characteristics: x, 312 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm

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HPL06105
Dec 14, 2016

A good read for music and Pretenders fans.

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uncommonreader
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.

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renea70
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.

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texaskdog
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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Jeffsuke
Mar 14, 2016

Good bio of her life and struggle to find her place in music. Concentrates on her life and experiences not much on her music. Kind of abruptly ends with The Pretenders success. The last few chapters seem rushed like she is waiting for volume 2?
I enjoyed it in that is was informative to me, a casual Pretenders fan but don't expect any musical insights into her library of material.

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christopherfry
Jan 30, 2016

Many would say this book is not well written, but it's the story that's interesting, not the writing. Ms. Hynde lets us in on the many dark corners of her life, in a cautionary tale of the dangers of drink and drugs. One wonders and strongly suspects that had she not followed this rocky road, she really would have ended up like the rest of us – a nobody. But I think she'd be the first to tell you, that a nobody is really the best somebody you'd want to be.

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fdb045
Dec 08, 2015

Enjoyable, easy read.

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