She was drawn to bikers, and so the two hung around in the same circles in London when she moved there from Ohio. The first time she met Lemmy, she says, “He stuck a silver tube that hung around his neck in a bag of white powder and shoved it up my snout, and he walked away. I was up for three days."
They eventually became friends, and Lemmy helped Chrissie piece together the band that would make her famous. He gave her some tough love along the way, not letting her wallow when things didn’t seem to be going well and she’d get down on herself. “Lemmy was very instrumental in my history. Without him the Pretenders wouldn’t have happened,” she says.
But that's not the only surprise in Hynde's long history.