Blondie on film: capturing Debbie Harry’s early years

A few decades ago, up-and-coming punk-pop star Debbie Harry had a photographer on hand to chronicle her every move – her friend, bandmate and lover Chris Stein

Chris Stein's photo shoot of Harry for Creem magazine in 1976.
Chris Stein’s photo shoot of Harry for Creem magazine in 1976. “With Chris’s style, the way he shot things, everything was chunky and bold. It was a documentation of an attitude,” Harry says

Of all the faces that define the late Seventies and early Eighties, Debbie Harry’s might be the one we remember longest. After we have forgotten Cheryl Tiegs,Marisa Berenson and other supermodels of the era, we will remember her Bardot mouth, the striking triangle it made with those cheekbones. Her glam-punk aesthetic still feels modern; her unselfconsciousness predates Kate Moss by decades.

In his new book of photographs, Chris Stein/Negative – Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk, Harry’s bandmate and former partner has collected his images from their early years together. It documents their journey from Bowery loft to global stardom, chronicling the nascent New York punk scene and beyond, as the band began to achieve success, toured with Iggy Pop and met a wider circle of people. It takes in street photography, intimate shots of Harry and snapshots of the people who crossed their paths, from Andy Warhol to William Burroughs (“He took us shooting in his barn”) to BillMurray (“He was on this drinking tour, he was kinda inebriated”). There’s a rawness to many of the shots; very little appears overly posed.

Read the full article here at The Telegraph.

Find original back catalogue recordings on Vinyl and CD by Debbie Harry and Blondie here at eil.com

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