Happy Birthday Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde has a predilection for tight leather trousers, leopard print and men’s waistcoats. She is one of the few females who can count themselves as an original rock chick. Never seen without smudged kohl-lined eyes beneath a feathered fringe, Hynde is the genuine article.
Chrissie Hynde is a dedicated Anglophile, with past experience as a shopgirl at Vivienne Westwood’s SEX boutique and writing credentials in the NME archive, she led the way for women in rock and roll who refuse to be defined by their gender.
Born to conservative parents in Ohio, Chrissie Hynde was never destined for the suburban life that lay before her. While her class mates were dreaming of school dances and teenage sweethearts, Hynde had her sights set far higher. The only boys on her mind were Iggy Pop and Brian Jones.
Hynde moved to London in 1973 after falling hard for the British music scene and began playing in various bands including Malcolm McLaren’s Masters of the Backside and the ever controversial Moors Murderers with Steve Strange.
Alongside her musical pursuits, Hynde was enjoying various escapades that are the stuff of rock legend; (including a near marriage to Sid Vicious for a work permit and waking up in bed next to her teenage crush, Iggy Pop). It wasn’t until 1978 that Hynde started to make serious waves on the music scene when she founded the Pretenders with bassist Pete Farndon. Blending a punk attitude with new wave and rock influences, the Pretenders released their eponymous debut album in 1979. The band immediately started hitting the charts with their now classic single, Brass In Pocket.
Chrissie Hynde was famous for her dry wit and often introverted persona, she is self-deprecating when it comes to discussing her talent. In her recent memoir, Reckless, she is keen to downplay her talent and claims her success came down to playing the part, or ‘pretending’. This inward intensity was, and is, what makes her so alluring to both men and women. She has always remained somewhat nonplussed when asked whether it’s harder to be a woman in the music industry. Instead, she puts her success down to surrounding herself with people more talented than herself. Now an ardent vegetarian, vocal PETA supporter and follower of Vaishnavism (a branch of Hinduism), Hynde remains loyal to her 70’s rock and roll aesthetic. The fringe is still there, as are the ankle boots and skintight trousers. Hynde is one of rock and roll’s most enduring musicians and an inspiration to us all; whether she likes it or not.
Happy Birthday, Chrissie Hynde.
Get Chrissie’s look with the ‘Plain’ Super Skinny Embroidered (Ivory) Scarf and tie it in a bow!