Reckless

  • by Chrissie Hynde
  • Narrated by Rosanna Arquette
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect '50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock 'n' roll, motorbikes and the 'get down boys' seen at gigs in and around Cleveland - Mitch Ryder, the Jeff Beck Group, the Velvet Underground and David Bowie among the many.
Wrapped up in the Kent State University riots and getting dangerously involved in the local biker and drug scenes, she escaped - to Mexico, Canada, Paris and finally London, where she caught the embryonic punk scene just in time not only to witness it first-hand, but more importantly to seize the opportunity to form her own band, The Pretenders.
Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Vivienne & Malcolm, Ray Davies...on every page household names mingle with small town heroes as we shift from bedroom to biker HQ; from squat to practice room; from pub gig to Top Of The Pops - the long and crooked path to stardom, and for The Pretenders, ultimately, tragedy.
That Chrissie Hynde is alive to tell the tale is, by her own admission, something of a miracle. Throughout she is brutally honest, wryly humorous, and always highly entertaining. She has written one of the most evocative and colourful music memoirs to be published in recent years.
Narrated by Rosanna Arquette.

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Brilliant Book!!!

Wonderful slice of life from the late sixties( hippy era) early seventies( punk era) Chrissies style of writing is strong, poetic and melodic...and captures the realities of over excess, creativity and how perhaps the one depends on the other..or drives the other. Difficult to know for sure...this is a very real memoir! She says basically..."This is how it was"
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- mandy easter

Is there an editor in the house?

As other reviewers have suggested, this book really needed a ruthless edit. As it is Reckless is a rambling, often self-indulgent account of Hynde's rise from Ohio dropout to new wave princess.

Way too much time is spent on the Ohio years. Every pill, spliff and line she ingests is documented in great detail. Alas there is only one thing more boring than reading about other people's drug taking and that is listening to them! Let's just say she's no Hunter S Thompson.

We don't really get to The Pretenders until the final 90 minutes of a 9 hour book and even that is hardly worth the wait. Rosanna Arquette was in a way a good choice of narrator but her voice did grate on me and it was annoying ho many British phrases she mispronounced.

I used to be a huge Chrissie Hynde fan back in the day but this actually made me dislike her! Strangely the most interesting thing about Reckless is the American take on London back on the day. She's also really brilliant on clothes and style. A pity the same can't be said about the way she writes about music.
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- Zebra Karma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2015
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks