Skip Navigation
NPR News
Chrissie Hynde released her debut solo record, Stockholm, this June. (Courtesy of the artist)

Chrissie Hynde Steps Out, But She's Not Alone

by NPR Staff
Jul 12, 2014 (All Things Considered)

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this


In her early 20s, Chrissie Hynde moved from Ohio to England at the perfect moment: The dawn of the British punk rock scene. She played with musicians who would later form influential bands — perhaps you've heard of The Clash, or The Damned? — and went on to form a band of her own, The Pretenders.

Now, Hynde has released an album of her own, arguably her first such release — though, as NPR's Kelly McEvers quickly discovered, it definitely isn't a "solo album" in the artist's mind. Hynde began writing songs with Bjorn Yttling, one of the members of the band Peter, Bjorn & John, and ended up recording the entire album with him in Sweden — hence its name, Stockholm.

In an interview that at times turned brutally honest, Hynde told McEvers about the influence of Vedic culture on her songwriting, how both Neil Young and John McEnroe (yes, that one) ended up playing guitar on the record and why she's not a fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Read full story transcript

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR

Visitor comments

on:

NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.