Chrissie Hynde Autobiography

Chrissie Hynde's autobiography charts her story, from a perfect American childhood to forming the Pretenders in the West Midlands

Reckless, the autobiography of Prentenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, is out now in paperback from Ebury Press.

As well as recounting Hynde's life - starting with her beginnings in the Midwestern town of Akron, Ohio and moving on to the tumultuous early days of the Pretenders - the book provides a cultural history of rock music in the 1960s and 1970s. Hynde crossed paths with everyone from David Bowie and Iggy Pop to the Sex Pistols and the Clash.

The core of the autobiography depicts the many stages of Hynde's early life and career, covering her musical awakening, involvement with bike gangs and escape to Mexico, Canada, Paris and London. The story of the Pretenders, who endured tragedy shortly after achieving critical and commercial success, is rendered in keen detail. By her own admission, it's something of a miracle that Hynde is alive to tell her story.