Chrissie Hynde’s Memoir Publishing in September
Chrissie Hynde has announced plans to publish a memoir later this year.
The book, due Sept. 8 through Penguin Random House, promises what the company refers to as “an incredibly frank” look at the Pretenders founder’s life and career, offering a “strikingly intimate portrayal” of Hynde’s formative years as a young artist and “bittersweet” recollections of the band’s rise to worldwide fame amid turnover and tragedy.
Details at this point are still scarce, but Hynde has released a statement through the publisher expressing hopes that her book will “make people dance, have fun, possibly cry and maybe reach for a guitar.”
News of the memoir comes roughly a year after Hynde announced her first solo album, 2014’s Stockholm, which found her collaborating with Bjorn Yttling of Swedish indie band Peter, Bjorn and John and featured contributions from Neil Young, Joakim Ahlund and former tennis player John McEnroe.
A Top 40 hit in the U.S., Stockholm arrived six years after the most recent Pretenders studio LP, 2008’s Break Up the Concrete, and preceded a world tour that Hynde suggested could continue in 2015. “We’ll be back next year, I hope,” she wrote in a December Facebook post. “We never even got to Florida. There’s a ton of places we didn’t get to and I don’t want you to think I forgot about you. Mexico – Europe – Brazil – Russia – Japan – China. I wanna see you! Cleveland!”
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