Posted by Cila Warncke
Chrissie Hynde is a true star; a voice crying in the wilderness of contemporary culture where where Cheryl Cole is a “national treasure” and Britney Spears is a slave. In a just world her interview in the Icons issue of New York style bible BlackBook would be printed in leaflet form and scattered through the streets, or reproduced on billboards in city centres.
The first utterly brilliant quote is her frank analysis of the fucked-up-ed-ness of American consumer culture: “This is why I left the States when I was 22. I saw that I was going to be trapped into buying a car so I could get to work so I could pay for my car.”
Later, she elaborates: “It’s an indignity that one has to become part of a system; it’s forced upon you. And it’s not a good system. It’s an evil system.” Yes sister!
Her comment on relationships is perhaps the most heartening thing I read in 2008: “I don’t think I’ve ever been defined by my relationship with anyone. I just tread my path and stick to the plan. And if anyone wants to come along and be part of it, that’s fine, and if they don’t, fair enough. I’ve never left my philosphy to join someone else’s.”
Hear that? That’s what a free woman sounds like.