Chrissie Hynde: “I don’t think of myself as a songwriter or a guitar player. If I have to write on a form what I do I never quite know what to say!”

Chrissie Hynde
(Image credit: Fender)

The trailblazing founder, vocalist and guitarist of the Pretenders Chrissie Hynde lives a life less ordinary, and yet even she succumbed to the rhythmless ennui of our pandemic present and, like many of us, welcomed a puppy into her home and took receipt of a new electric guitar.

And to think her 2020 was going to be big. The Pretenders’ new album, Hate for Sale, was scheduled for late spring, the first to be co-written with lead guitarist James Walbourne and feature the current touring lineup. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.