Prime Face It: A Memoir By Debbie Harry –

I Was Saying Things In Songs That Female Singers Didnt Really Say Back Then I Wasnt Submissive Or Begging Him To Come Back, I Was Kicking His Ass, Kicking Him Out, Kicking My Own Ass Too My Blondie Character Was An Inflatable Doll But With A Dark, Provocative, Aggressive Side I Was Playing It Up, Yet I Was Very SeriousAVE, BEAUTIFUL AND BORN TO BE PUNKDEBBIE 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 Harrys Impact On Our Culture Has Been Matched Only By Her Reticence To Reveal Her Rich Inner Life Until NowIn An Arresting Mix Of Visceral, Soulful Storytelling And Stunning Visuals That Includes Never Before Seen Photographs, Bespoke Illustrations And Fan Art Installations, Face It Upends The Standard Music Memoir While Delivering A Truly Prismatic Portrait With All The Grit, Grime, And Glory Recounted In Intimate Detail, Face It Recreates The Downtown Scene Of S New York City, Where Blondie Played Alongside The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop And David BowieFollowing Her Path From Glorious Commercial Success To Heroin Addiction, The Near Death Of Partner Chris Stein, A Heart Wrenching Bankruptcy, And Blondies Break Up As A Band To Her Multifaceted Acting Career In 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

5 thoughts on “Face It: A Memoir

  1. says:

    Nice quality paper Littered with copies of pictures sent her by Fans Rather of these pictures than I would like.As Debbie Harry was so loved by the camera I was disappointed that there weren t photos of her There were some iconic outfits and classic photos of her published over the years and I expected to see them collated here.Sadly not.She skims over her break up with Chris and doesn t really explain why Frank and Nigel were so unwelcome at Blondie s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Yes I know the break up is personal, but they were such a famous couple, I expected a little bit about their split and this is a life story after all.Also I know that the ex band members took out a Lawsuit regarding royalties but they were part of the Band when it sold its biggest number of albums and therefore had a right to be inducted along with the rest of them.Debbie doesn t really explain her side of how Nigel and Frank came to be formerly of Blondie and I expected that from this long awaited auto biography.Apart from these omissions I enjoyed reading the story of this true New York Punk Artist in her own words.She is a role model for the independant artistic woman with attitude and her little punky snarl is what I always remember about her, plus Blondie s appearances on Top of the Pops were always a highlight of my week.She was fascinating to look at The band were excellent Clem Burke is, I think one of the best drummers, ever.And during that 1977 79 heyday they were fabulous and Debbie Harry shone.I enjoyed the book.She will be Punk to the end.

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    The book is beautiful and was well worth the wait from when I pre ordered it back in May 2019 Everything about the book is quality and very tactile, and the actual cover of the book matches the dustcover I have read extracts from the book in The Sunday Times, but haven t actually read the book yet Why, you may ask Well, weighing in at a hefty one kilo plus, this is a substantial book yet , in their wisdom, decided to mail the book in a jiffy bag rather than the usual cardboard sleeve As a result, the book was received badly damaged I immediately ordered a replacement and this is now also on its way back Yep you guessed it the replacement was dispatched in a jiffy bag and again arrived damaged At this rate, the book will turn into quite a loss for Get your act together, especially since these new jiffy bags you have started to use are not universally recyclable, unlike cardboard, and are not providing protection for heavy, hardcover books.

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    Watching BBC TV that day in 1978 when Debbie Harry first appeared on TOTP singing Denis, I was so electrified that my drink abruptly put itself down I tried immediately to memorise the French bit How she drenched the tune in her insouciant beauty.And I knew, from that day forward and even though we were never going to meet, that Ms Harry and I would be firm friends Easily I can still bring to mind the individual moment I first heard the later tracks French Kissin In The USA and I Want That Man When in a much later 21st century year she appeared one evening on the Chris Evans TV show to give us Maria, well, I slammed my drink hard down again and, as ambient friends can affirm, cheered myself hoarse.Back in that big Blondie day, you could not go to a friend s house without Parallel Lines or the further singles playing in the foreground Do not argue with this no rocker has ever slapped out a song with the soaring control and the sheer angry melodiousness of DH in Picture This Apparently, she knows London well Well, there should be a statue of her mounted there, maybe somewhere in Green Park, close to the other royals For she has put down the soundtrack to millions of sexagenarian lives If someone could sort actual immortality for her, that would be good and right.And so, to Face It, a kind of autobiography, my somewhat morose memoir.What can one say Maybe three things Firstly, quality in artistic output comes perhaps only at a horrific personal cost Nothing is missed here of the rough of the road, the provincial grime of yet another album tour, the bandmember insurrections, the devious and manipulative managers, the inconvenient love affairs, the stodgy record labels, the penury under the boot of the IRS, the bouts of homelessness, the vacated friendships, the menace of bad fans, all the hesitations and doubts to which professional jealousy can give birth It is a super commendable, against the play accomplishment that the Blondie DH discography is as rich as it is Some parts of her story here are so well written, by the way, that you can absolutely smell the midnight oil getting splashed on the burning drums.Secondly, this is a story about just what sort of feminism can realistically be pursued when a your profession is, sic, punk and b no soft way of putting this you are yourself as hot as a magma duvet DH knows all too keenly what her power face has brought her and, in this sense, she does not seem unhappy in her skin indeed she talks freely of how much, all her life, she enjoys being treated as super pretty.But she has had to wade through sexism, stalking and horrific sexual assault unflinchingly described not to mention a spell as a Playboy bunny And though she speaks unselfconsciously about her personal decision in favour of plastic surgery, one cannot help but feel that she knows that this, in its for lack of a cuddlier word politics, has been a very paradoxical life Sometimes from a detailed autobiography or merely general knowledge it might be relatively easy to imagine what the heroine s inner life was like But not here Not for a second There is a permafrost round the edge of the stage, a silence before and after the set.Thirdly and in relation to Firstly and Secondly drugs, both of the mild and most noxious variety, play such a dynamic part Sometimes she readily admits that when she was very low there was nothing better than heroin She even supplies some such stuff to a special friend in hospital sic Her best fans will surely wince at the claim Drugs aren t always about feeling good Many times they re about feeling less As I read, I kept hoping that there would appear some emphatic if wizened denunciation of the whole narcotic world of the 60s, 70s and beyond But it never really comes And partly I guess as a result there is a sadness which never leaves the pages Sometimes the chemical hedonism was a blast other times, recounted here, she must have felt so desperate Sad.So, of what materials is this icon made Yes, she represents a repudiation of catatonic suburbs in favour of mean streets In ways never to be fully applauded in these or probably any days, she exudes sex and exults in it too Her American Dream is a woman s victory over slobs and phoneys and play it safe boors She has grappled with all the everyday demons to pull her art up through the cultural smog Her Blondie is as something of an androgynous superheroine able to tease the pogo cretins into believing that she is a doll Under her boot however, machismo has taken it in the groin Maybe, the irony, too many will not have been unhappy with that kind of pain Thus a confusion of ego and image and purpose all very audible here.Reading the book all the way through in a few sittings, I for one concluded by the end that I still did not really know DH and that this was precisely her plot all along She never, as it were, really comes in from the rain It would be flea market psychology to over reference the fact that she was adopted as a child but the multiple references to the story suggest an abiding fragility, around which her distinctly unromantic girl on top songs were perhaps a shield We can tell she was no debutante But not much else There is only a small slit in the curtain.The oldie vibe As you reach your 70s, by what precepts should you explore and understand your life, your impact, your contribution What remains of the day, your day, such as you might have had, in the sun For all its hesitations and occlusions, Debbie Harry has brought us here an astonishing life And she has a good go at telling us what it all might have meant Millions, yes millions, of lives have been enriched by her glorious thumping rock amplified by a distinctly unapologetic attitude for the life she has led.Bravo, Debbie, bravo, bravo.

  4. says:

    First of all lightning speed delivery well done Love Debbie she was my absolute idol when I was growing up have all other books about her so couldn t wait to get my hands on this book and I love it The only reason for four stars is the amount of fan drawings of her that have been put in this book Yes maybe one or two would ve been enough but not page after page I would rather have seen rare pics of Debbie herself Just my opinion apart from that a great book Thanks.

  5. says:

    Great book Debbie has created a different style of memoir which reflects her life Easy to read and very interesting.