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Recklessness is all relative, says Chrissie Hynde

The Pretenders lead singer has one of the most distinctive voices in rock — but her personal story would also stand out in any crowd.
Chrissie Hynde says her Bhagavad Gita-inspired outlook on life is "perfect for someone who's lazy." (CBC)
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Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders, has one of the most distinctive voices in rock — but her personal story and strong opinions would also stand out in any crowd. 

Hynde joins Shad to discuss her revealing new memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, and why she thinks she grew up at "the greatest time in rock history." 

In a wide-ranging, two-part conversation, she also explains why she dislikes one of her greatest hits, why bands are better than solo acts, and why her Bhagavad Gita-inspired outlook is "perfect for someone who's lazy".

Producer's note: This interview was recorded last month, before the singer made controversial comments about rape. She does, however, talk about the same incident in our interview.  

WEB EXTRA | Which one of these three hits does Hynde dislike? Listen to today's interview to find out. 

 
 
 

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