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The Pretenders On World Cafe

The Pretenders perform live at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
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The Pretenders perform live at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Chrissie Hynde has been seeking inspiration ever since she left her hometown of Akron, Ohio, in the '70s for London, where she ended up founding The Pretenders. The band's 1980 debut was cutting-edge, sexually direct and a major hit. More recently, Hynde has been working with other musicians as producers and songwriting partners: She made her first solo album, Stockholm, with Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John and her new Pretenders album, Alone, with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

"You need new, fresh blood sometimes," Hynde says. "You need to feed off of something that inspires you." Hear a candid conversation with Hynde and performances from The Pretenders — including original drummer Martin Chambers — in this session.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.
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