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.
"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


  1. I unfortunately think she is in the wrong generation. There was a time when a man such as Phil Collins, who is not necessarily the most handsome man in the world, was a great success not because of his looks but because of his talent. Or Gene Wilder, again a success not because of his appearance but because of his skill. However our generation is filled with people such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus; all who are young, attractive, and celebrated despite their questionable talent.

    I do wonder if talented, genuine females veterans such as Chrissie Hynde will ever get the attention they deserve.

  2. Three great artists originated in Ohio:
    1) Chrissie Hynde
    2) Devo, and
    3) Writer/Director/Producer Linda Thornburg (who, interestingly, beautifully 'guest-blogged' a few months hence on these very pages)
    You're Welcome,
    Baron Von Mugenhausen (Patent Pending)

    1. Dear Baron,
      Awfully kind of you to mention me in such august company.

  3. Chrissie Hynde is a phenomenal rock n roller. She's part of a pantheon of premier female rockers, including but not limited to Tina Weymouth of "Tom Tom Club" and "Talking Heads," Pat Benatar, Liz Phair, Julianne Hatfield, Sam Phillips ("Martinis and Bikinis" - buy it from Daedalus - now), The Donnas, The Go Gos, The Bangles, Joan Jett, The Runaways, Debbie Harry from Blondie, Aimee Mann, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Janis Joplin, Fiona Apple, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon, Sarah McLachlan, and many more whose names I can't recall but deserve recognition.


  4. Oh yea - i almost forgot Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, Kate Bush, Allana Myles, and Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde and guest vocals on "No Talking Just Heads" by The Heads (Tina Weymouth, Chris Franz, and Jerry Harrison)

  5. Baron! how wonderful to hear from you!!xxx