1976: American rock group Blondie (L-R: Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Jimmy Destri) pose for portrait to promote their debut album 'Blondie' in 1976 Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
True to a memoir, Debbie Harry’s new book will tell her life story… so far. The 73 year old front woman of Blondie is a pioneer in music. Starting from the underground, Debbie Harry experimented with disco, pop, reggae and early rap. She incorporated all these elements with her bandmates, into Blondie. The band defined an era of music starting in the 1970s with hits like “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” “Rapture,” and “The Tide is High.”
Her book has a tentative date sometime in 2020. The memoir, Face It, will chronicle her relationships throughout her life with family, friends, and bandmates. The relationship she plans to highlight is her life with Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Debbie states, “It’s such a long period of time, and there’s so much to tell, that I couldn’t really isolate a lot of little stories and events. It’s an overview of the way we got through and maintained and continued and carried on through all that time from my sort of warped little perspective.”
Debbie talks about her self-awareness, contextualizing that writing the book has helped realize that she has always had an inner drive to push forward. Seems about right- Debbie Harry has never retired from music even through the Blondie’s hiatus.
“We weren’t sitting in a safe place musically. We were always reaching and trying to do something that was maybe beyond our skills. But it forced us to be better and to work harder.”
As we await for bookstores to stock Face It, we’re keeping a close eye on Blondie’s Cuba plans. The band will be traveling to Cuba this year. There is certainly no end for Blondie, especially Debbie Harry and her relentless inner drive.