Ebury Press is to publish the memoir of Chrissie Hynde, frontwoman of The Pretenders, acquired in a “major deal”.
Publisher and deputy m.d. Jake Lingwood bought world English and translation rights, excluding North America, while Gerry Howard, v.p., executive editor at Doubleday, Penguin Random House USA, bought North American rights in a co-deal from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on behalf of Chrissie Hynde and Quietus Management.
The “rich and incredibly frank literary memoir” will cover “Hynde’s 1950s childhood in Akron, Ohio; the 1960s Cleveland rock scene and the Kent State University riots; Paris and London in the early 1970s; a strikingly intimate portrayal of the nascent punk movement; and the formation and bittersweet success and tragedy of The Pretenders”.
Lingwood said: “I’m thrilled to be publishing this once in a lifetime book. Chrissie is so incredibly frank, intimate and witty – and she has been involved in so much rich rock ‘n’ roll history – that there seems to be a surprise on every page. This is right up there in terms of the truly classic music and pop culture memoirs. Chrissie magically combines being a very special writer with having a true rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Amazing.”
Hynde, who performed at the Penguin Random House UK sales conference last week, said: “I'm approaching writing this memoir much the same way as I would an album. I hope it makes you want to dance, have fun, dig out some old records and maybe even root through your closet and dust off your guitar. If it makes you cry I can only say, in the words of Willie Nelson, YOU were always on my mind. Let's hope Jake and Gerry can help me find that proverbial ‘hit single’.”
The memoir will be published in the UK simultaneously with the US on 8th September this year.