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More about Chrissie
Chrissie graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio. She worked with several bands in Ohio before moving to England. By 1978, Chrissie hooked up with a three-piece outfit from the English town of Hereford. The newly formed quartet called themselves the Pretenders, and, in 1980, they released a self-titled first album that redefined the role of a woman in a band, stretched the boundaries of lyrical subject matter and frankness, and most importantly, rocked like the roar of a Harley gang.