BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL AND BORN TO BE PUNK
Debbie Harry is a musician, actor, activist and the iconic face of New York City cool. As the front-woman of Blondie, she and the band forged a new sound that brought together the worlds of rock, punk, disco, reggae and hip-hop to create some of the most beloved pop songs of all time. As a muse, she collaborated with some of the boldest artists of the past four decades. The scope of Debbie Harry’s impact on our culture has been matched only by her reticence to reveal her rich inner life – until now.
The book follows her path from glorious commercial success to heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy, and Blondie’s break-up as a band to her multifaceted acting career in more than thirty films, a stunning solo career and the triumphant return of her band, and her tireless advocacy for the environment and LGBTQ rights. Face It is a cinematic story of a woman who made her own path, and set the standard for a generation of artists who followed in her footsteps – a memoir as dynamic as its subject.
This is a stunning book. It’s not just a fascinating, well-written story of one of music’s most iconic women, but also superbly designed, with illustrations, artwork, fabulous curated photos laid out on glossy pages. It’s a coffee table book in an easy to hold size, filled with an arresting mix of visceral, soulful storytelling and stunning visuals that includes never-before-seen photographs, bespoke illustrations and fan art installations.
This upends the standard music memoir and delivers a truly prismatic portrait. With all the grit, grime, and glory recounted in intimate detail, Face It recreates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where Blondie played alongside the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Filled with colourful characters, the who’s who of that era, it is a heady mix of entertaining, shocking, moving, humorous and eye-opening.
This is a great read for anyone, not just those of us who grew up listening to Blondie, but also those interested in music, fashion and the arts. Based on a series on interviews, the reader is immersed in the journey of Harry’s well-crafted character, an exercise in successful branding well before that term was invented. This beautiful book sticks to that brand, and rather than baring all it fuels the mystery and colour of the character. Face It brings Debbie Harry and her iconic character back into style.
This book is so cool you should wear gloves while you hold it!