- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Reprint edition (9 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101912235
- ISBN-13: 978-1101912232
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hynde is an irresistible, unapologetic storyteller." --USA Today "A love letter to rock 'n' roll. . . . Honest and distinctive. . . . [Reckless] gives an accurate sense of what it's like to sit down with Chrissie Hynde. . . . Acerbic, clever, confrontational." --The New York Times Book Review
"Rich and ragged. . . . Engaging. . . . [Hynde] writes just like she lives, and just like she makes music. She does it her way, which is an inimitable multiplicity of things: impulsive, untamed, ragged, proud." --The Daily Beast
"Chrissie Hynde's autobiography, Reckless, out-rocks them all." --The Washington Post
"Rebellious, fierce. . . . Full of engaging stories, dry wit and revelations." --The Guardian (London) "Fascinating. . . . A portrait of an era." --Vogue.com "[A] fascinating memoir." --Financial Times
"Entertaining. . . . Sarcasm and dry humor shine through. . . . One can almost hear her deep, sneering vibrato." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A stirring tale of rock, regret and redemption. . . . Unflinching. . . . Reckless is a survivor's tale, a portrait of a woman bolstered by conviction and buoyed by extreme fortitude. " --The Buffalo News
"This long-awaited memoir tells [Hynde's] life story in full and utterly fascinating detail. . . . She brings a fantastic eye for detail, a withering and sardonic sense of humor, and a fearless emotional honesty." --Library Journal
About the Author
Chrissie Hynde is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the enduring rock band The Pretenders. Hynde released nine studio albums with The Pretenders, beginning with 1980’s Pretenders, which Rolling Stone called the #13 Best Debut Album of All Time. Most recently, she released her first solo album, Stockholm, in 2014. She lives in London.
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I thought this was pretty cool, but when a couple of minor details were just wrong (you're wrong about Sid Vicious, my dear) I started to wonder what I could believe of this unequaled access to rock-and-roll history. And, how come she doesn't appear in the bios of all these people she supposedly influenced? Finally at the end, the editor gives up, and it's just one unrelated paragraph after another, each telling an anecdote, which by that time, had exhausted me. I wanted to go to the kitchen, grab a beer, and hope that she hooked onto someone else who will listen to her story.
I'm not saying it's fabricated. Just go in with your eyes open, your bullshit-detector on (as Joe Strummer might have put it).