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