Review: Chrissie Hynde’s ‘Reckless’ Details a Rocker’s Life

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2015-09-02 01:31:36

With her new memoir, “Reckless,” Ms. Hynde proves that she can compete with male rock stars in another essential way. She’s written a book that’s just as slack and disappointing as so many of theirs have been.

The sound this book makes is of casual strumming, not of purposeful music making. If it were a song, you would not pull off the road to listen to it.

The averageness of “Reckless” is a letdown, because Ms. Hynde has led a busy life. She was a student at Kent State when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on young people there.

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Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. Her memoir isn’t short on sex, drugs or rock ’n’ roll.

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Tony Mottram

She was a near-feral presence in London, where she moved at the dawn of the punk era. She hung out with Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten (this book includes a photograph, taken by Ms. Hynde, of Vicious naked under the sheets…


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