IN 1979, while Chic danced “Le Freak,” Gloria Gaynor vowed to survive, and Donna Summer talked about “Bad Girls,” the Pretenders brought rock ’n’ roll back with two remarkable singles, “Kid,” “Brass in Pocket,” and one of the greatest debut albums ever. Already a fully formed rock star, Hynde, with her immense songwriting skills, style, and brilliant rhythm guitar work, stirred up the serious mojo that inspired fellow Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, bassist Pete Farndon, and innovative guitarist James Honeyman-Scott. (The latter two were lost to drugs after the band’s second album, Pretenders II.)

Hynde has used a revolving cast of musicians through the years while she’s kept the hits coming including “Back on the Chain Gang,” ”My City Was Gone,” and “I’ll Stand by You.” Today, she stands out as a humble yet outspoken presence, and honest to a fault. This honesty is first apparent when she discusses whether digital technology changed the way she approached recording her first-ever solo album, Stockholm, with Björn Yttling (Sahara Hotnights, Lykke Li, Franz Ferdinand) of Swedish pop royalty Peter Björn and John handling production and co-songwriting. [read]


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