My Life as A Pretender

Book - 2015
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A memoir by the frontwoman for The Pretenders traces her 1950s childhood in Ohio, her immersion in the music scenes of subsequent decades, and her band's instant rise to fame in the heyday of 1980s culture.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2015
ISBN: 9780385540612
Branch Call Number: B Hynde C AUTO
Characteristics: x, 312 pages : illustrations, some color ; 24 cm


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Feb 26, 2019

The interviews she gave after publication of this book were way more interesting than the book itself. What she writes is what she wants us to know about her life leading up to the formation of the Pretenders until Jimmy and Pete died. Then, THWACK, nothing. Like wading through mud, honestly.

Sep 04, 2017

I kept wondering to Hubby...I'm 30% in (50%, 60%, 70%)...when is she going to be in a band? And then there's NO back story for Precious (besides another band member was fiddling with some music, and she decided to write the lyrics). Yet, she wrote about every concert she went to, details how to live with near zero money (shoplift, squat, take advantage of giving parents), lots of drugs...

Dec 14, 2016

A good read for music and Pretenders fans.

Nov 20, 2016

Rock and roll, drugs and sex, in that order. It is interesting that in a book in which Hynde "tells all", one does not gain much insight into what she really thinks. I would have like more on the music, less on the scene. The book filled in some blanks, but overall was unsatisfying.

Sep 12, 2016

I really enjoyed it. She talks about how nothing came easy while trying to get a band going and when they did get going, new problems came along with it.
She talks about the loss of friends and band mates due to drugs/alcohol and how she also got caught up with biker gangs etc.. You don't have to be a big Pretender fan to enjoy the book.

Mar 18, 2016

Pretty much a waste of time. 3/4 of the book was pre-Pretenders and the Pretenders were lightly touched on, but just the first 2 albums. For a book written in 2015? Not worth the read at all.

Mar 14, 2016

Good bio of her life and struggle to find her place in music. Concentrates on her life and experiences not much on her music. Kind of abruptly ends with The Pretenders success. The last few chapters seem rushed like she is waiting for volume 2?
I enjoyed it in that is was informative to me, a casual Pretenders fan but don't expect any musical insights into her library of material.

Jan 30, 2016

Many would say this book is not well written, but it's the story that's interesting, not the writing. Ms. Hynde lets us in on the many dark corners of her life, in a cautionary tale of the dangers of drink and drugs. One wonders and strongly suspects that had she not followed this rocky road, she really would have ended up like the rest of us – a nobody. But I think she'd be the first to tell you, that a nobody is really the best somebody you'd want to be.

Dec 08, 2015

Enjoyable, easy read.


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