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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 front woman of The Pretenders in its various incarnations, has for thirty-five 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 all-American Ohio fifties childhood 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 front woman 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 listen to.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sensitive and rowdy coming-of-age-story.”

    New York Times

  • “Restless and emphatic…a tell-all memoir and given all Ms. Hynde has to tell, it’s sharp, posturing, moving, exposing, evasive and at times obtuse.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Chrissie Hynde’s autobiography, Reckless, out-rocks them all. You can read her book and wax nostalgic about band culture in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Or you can promptly check yourself into rehab. She wouldn’t care; as she writes in the prologue, ‘I regret half of this story and the other half is the sound you heard.’ … Rock on, Chrissie.”

    Washington Post

  • Reckless is the literary equivalent of a long set of bangs, obscuring a heavily shaded pair of eyes. As a portrait of an era, it’s fascinating.”

    Vogue.com

  • "‘Chaos and disorder were to be ongoing themes for me with a mouth that flapped like a rag nailed to a post in a windstorm,’ Hynde writes. That mouth, literally and figuratively, is what has made Hynde famous. It’s the hole out of which that beautiful burr of a voice comes. And if she still has a tendency to shoot her mouth off recklessly, well, that’s Chrissie.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Chrissie Hynde serves up a hearty and satisfying meal in Reckless, writing with the sort of candor and humor rarely found in books by her male counterparts…In the end, it’s understandable that Hynde has some regrets, but it’s also heartening that bad girls sometimes finish first.”

    Boston Globe

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for Fall
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2015
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Biographies & Memoirs
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