"The situation for a sixty-two-year-old songwriting woman is not sanguine. Pop music deifies the teen-age experience—especially physical beauty that needs no maintenance and can withstand the high life. The farther a rocker gets from this adolescent ideal, the less pertinent she becomes.
When Hynde appeared in the small venue at the back of the Rough Trade record store, in Williamsburg, in early June, fewer than a hundred people were assembled. Seated, playing acoustic guitar and singing, Hynde performed some songs from “Stockholm.” Hynde’s career arc has not been exactly the same as that of her friend Neil Young, who plays guitar on her new song “Down the Wrong Way.” Young is able to look as if he were squatting in a yurt in a community garden and still be considered on the basis of his work. Hynde, like many female artists over the age of thirty, is most often discussed as a vocalist and a personality. In 2014, what would it take for a female veteran to be accorded the same reverence as Young?"—Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker, June 23, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Chrissie Hynde & "Stockholm": a "female veteran"
Did y'all see Sasha Frere-Jones' perspicacious profile of Chrissie Hynde and her new album Stockholm in the latest New Yorker? The driving force behind The Pretenders, the ever-edgy singer-songwriter still pulls no punches as she segues into a solo career.