Over the years, farm­ing has be­come more and more in­dus­tri­alised — and peo­ple don’t seem to care

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comic book men­tal­ity, you know? Give me pa­per­backs, things you can roll up and put in your pocket. I’m read­ing [Edith Whar­ton’s] The House of Mirth at the mo­ment. But the peo­ple that are putting the art book to­gether… I like them. They’re pho­tograph­ing the paint­ings and do­ing all the work and I don’t have to think about it.”

She grew up lis­ten­ing to mu­sic but hear­ing David Bowie in the early 70s changed ev­ery­thing. “It was the Hunky Dory al­bum [1971] and it made me re­alise that mu­sic was some­thing I ab­so­lutely had to do. And then I saw Bowie the fol­low­ing year… I was ex­pect­ing Veronica Lake [as Bowie had sported long hair and dresses around the time of Hunky Dory] but here he was as Ziggy Star­dust and it was in­cred­i­ble.” She pauses for a mo­ment. “It’s a mind-f *** to talk about stuff in the past. I like to keep go­ing for­ward.”

I ask her how she felt about hold­ing the first Pre­tenders al­bum in her hand when it came back from the press­ing plant. “I don’t re­mem­ber it,” she says, quickly, “and I don’t re­ally care. But what I do re­mem­ber is where I was when I bought the first Jimi Hen­drix al­bum. I do re­mem­ber where I was when I saw the first Ja­nis Jo­plin al­bum. I re­mem­ber the first time I was in a dis­count house and I saw the first Bea­tles sin­gle. Those were the turn­ing points of my life.

“But when I had my own band… well I was just glad that I was in a band and I wasn’t a wait­ress. But I never got that joy of ‘Wow! We’ve made it’.” Not even when ‘Brass in Pocket’ topped the sin­gles chart in 1980? “No, it was al­ways about mov­ing for­ward and not think­ing about the past.”

Chrissie Hynde is at the Vinyl festival which is held at Dublin’s Royal Hos­pi­tal, Kil­main­ham, to­day, to­mor­row and Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day

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