Why Chrissie Hynde is a character in the Sex Pistols miniseries

Chrissie Hynde, who was once in a relationship with Sex Pistols founder and guitarist Steve Jones, will be portrayed by actress Sydney Chandler in the upcoming Hulu series. gun

“He was a teenager when I met him. I didn’t notice he was carrying a bag full of dreams, but he was. Like all of us, he wanted to play guitar in a rock and roll band,” Hynde said, who wrote the attacker from Jones’ 2016 memoir. “But none of the bands out there fit.”

the six-part gun series is based on the book by Jones, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol and his pre-fame rendezvous with Hynde will apparently be part of the story. “The girls had a soft spot for this shy West London villain and he took full advantage,” Hynde said of Jones.

The future leader of Pretenders moved from Ohio to London in 1973 at the age of 22, seeking a fresh start. She landed a job at Sex, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s boutique, which is home to many of the Sex Pistol members, and began to immerse herself in the punk music scene.

“A teenage delinquent from West London, Steve Jones, was hanging out in the shop. (I had no idea he had any ambition to play guitar; he had no idea I was either.) Malcolm and Viv seemed like him. for some reason, to keep him out of trouble,” Hynde said in her 2016 book, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender. The two musicians soon came into contact on more than just music. “When Chrissie worked at the store, she closed the business and we practiced Malcolm and Vivienne’s gospel of Sex,” Jones recalls.

“I like to think that I was pretty candid with women about what to expect from me. I couldn’t have the kind of relationship that involved real feelings because I was too damn damaged,” Jones noted in his book. “To some degree I had that chauvinistic thing about seeing women as sex objects first and everything else second, but I don’t think I was the only man in the music industry in the 1970s who did that crime.” In fact, it would be harder to find someone who didn’t.”

Jones wasn’t the only one Sex Pistol Hynde was associated with. When she couldn’t get a UK visa, the future Pretenders frontwoman almost married Sid Vicious in a bid to stay in the country. That plan fell apart when the newlyweds discovered that the local registry office was closed. “The next day wouldn’t work,” Hynde recalled, “because Sid had to go to court for gouging someone with a glass.”

While Hynde’s fame would wait until she joined the Pretenders in 1978, the Sex Pistols had begun to blossom two or three years earlier. “The Sex Pistols got shows and people liked them,” Hynde said of the Pistols’ heyday in the mid-1970s. “Steve played the guitar and it was exciting to see him discover himself – still a thieving delinquent at heart, but now with a creative outlet.”

The romantic relationship between Hynde and Jones eventually petered out, but the two managed to keep in touch. “Chrissie has been a good friend for years,” Jones says in his memoir. “I hope she would say that about me.”

gun will delve into more than just the musicians’ romantic pursuits, according to cast member Emma Appleton, who plays the late Nancy Spungen (girlfriend of Sid Vicious). “These women were iconic women in their own right,” Appleton told NME† “They weren’t just Sid Vicious’s girlfriend or Malcolm McLaren’s lover. They were not an accessory for these men in the story. They had their own stories and their own success. It was an honor to use their strength.”

Playing the role of Hynde will be a breakthrough opportunity for Chandler, who will follow gun with a role in the coming don’t worry babyopposite Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine and Olivia Wilde.

gun arrives on Hulu May 31.

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