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Chrissie Hynde's Memoir, Reckless Out Today

Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde's new memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, hits stores today.

In the book, the singer/songwriter recounts her childhood in Akron, Ohio, the development of her passion for rock 'n' roll in the 1960s, her experiences at Kent State University at the time of the infamous 1970 shootings of student protesters, her involvement in the London punk scene during the '70s and her early years with The Pretenders, culminating in the tragic, drug-related deaths of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon.

Hynde recently received some negative media attention after she made comments in an interview with The Sunday Times of London in which she appeared to blame herself for a sexual assault that happened to her at the hands of motorcycle gang members when she was young an incident she recounts in Reckless. 

During an appearance over the weekend on CBS Sunday Morning in The US she again addressed the incident, saying, "If you hung out with those guys, that's what happened…If you go and hang out with outlaws and criminals, that's just part of it."

She added that she probably should have feared for her life when she was hanging out with bikers at the time, but admitted, "We were just trying to score pot and see bands, and if motorcycles were part of it, even better."

To promote Reckless, Hynde has signed on to take part in a pair of Q&A events in the U.S. later this month.  The first is scheduled for September 19 at the Historic Woman's Club in Santa Monica, California.  Actress Rosanna Arquette will conduct the interview event, which will begin at 7 p.m. PT and will be open to the general public.

The second will take place on September 24 at the Greene Space in New York City.  For those unable to attend the event, which starts at 7 p.m. ET, the conversation will be streamed live at

No word on an Australian promotional visit for Reckless.

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