leader of the Pretenders,
Shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2018,
Born in Akron, Ohio in 1951, Chrissie became obsessed with rock n roll and the UK music scene and moved to London in 1973.
She was part of the crowd that hung out at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s shop Sex in the Kings Road,
Chelsea, which was the breeding ground of the UK punk rock movement.
She formed the Pretenders in 1978, and led them though a run of Top 20 albums and classic singles,
keeping the band together despite the tragic deaths of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon.
Chrissie discusses the music that influenced her from her earliest days, through to the worldwide success of the Pretenders, and onto the release of Stockholm, the first album made under own name.