At 65, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chrissie Hynde, who captured her life in her 2015 punk-fueled autobiography “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender,” remains more relevant than ever. Her latest garage-trashy Pretenders album “Alone” was produced by fellow Akronite Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, and she’s on tour with Stevie Nicks, which she calls her most enjoyable ever. “But I think I’m at the moment where I’m a little over looking back; I’m actually kind of grossed out by it,” she says. That’s why she penned her book. She wanted to turn the page on her past and move on.
Joseph Corre — Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s son — recently destroyed $6 million worth of punk rock memorabilia on the Thames to protest London’s celebration of the genre’s 40th anniversary.
I knew he was going to do that, and I’ve known Joe since he was about 5, and he’s a friend. But I’m not a collector; I never collected anything. I had all sorts of punk stuff that Sid (Vicious) signed, and I just took it to Oxfam. But I have no take on it. People can do whatever they want. It has nothing to do with me.
But Westwood showed up at the event to warn people about climate change.
I actually started an environmental group in the ‘80s called ARC, and we had a ton of environmentally-friendly products, and we urged people to make concessions to the environment. Not that I was a forerunner; this is a very, very old subject. We’ve had factory farms for how many years now? 60? And yes, things are accelerating. But I go back 2,000 years because I read the Bhagavad Gita, and it’s all very clearly described in that.
You’re even appearing in the upcoming DEVO documentary, “Are We Not Men?” … You were there for punk’s genesis.
Well, the whole idea of punk was non-discriminatory, and I think that’s where Joseph was coming from. All of a sudden, it became collector’s items and worth a lot of money. But I was already 27 years old then, and rock and roll had traditionally been a young man’s game. And also, I was a girl. But punk dispelled with all those discriminating concepts, and it offered me a way in, although I don’t think I was making punk rock.
What’s your credo now?
I’m not a sage. And my message has never changed. I’m only here to offer what I’ve always offered: my music, and trying to encourage people to stop killing animals. And as long as you don’t kill me or try to hurt me, I won’t kill or try to hurt you.
IF YOU GO
Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders
Where: SAP Center, 525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 14
Tickets: $46.50 to $147