Band "Blondie" and its fascinating history!
In 1974, a band was born in New York that gave the world such timeless and beloved by several generations hits as "Heart of Glass", "Call Me", "Sunday Girl" ... And even though the first years of its activity, the group was something like a local "Underground", over time, she gained well-deserved popularity and love of the public! We invite you to plunge into the history of the legendary Blondie and remember the brightest moments from the life of the band captured on camera…
Soloist Deborah Harry has always remained not only the creative center of the team, but also the main favorite of the fans. Despite her considerable age (74 years old!), she still bears the title of "the most beautiful blonde" in the history of world rock music. And what's more - totally deserved!
Debbie started her musical career as a vocalist in the band Stilettoes. In parallel, she worked as a waitress in a local eatery, where visiting truckers often “rested”. "Hey blonde!" - they shouted each time an attractive worker. The nickname became so attached to Debbie that no one called her otherwise than “Hey, blondie!”. Hence the name of her future group.
Blondie are etched in the history of world rock music as pioneers of early new wave and punk rock in America. Their unique style was both a strength and a weakness of the group… Some sincerely admired it, while others openly despised it… This is the very case when the stylistic omnivorousness was “too good for pop, too pop for rock”.
With Chris Stein - then still the guitarist of The Magic Tramps - Debbie met during a performance in a local tavern ... Their romance grew into something more ... Both were young and charismatic, both had an outstanding composer talent. In 1974, Debbie and Chris founded their own band, named after a lady...
The band began their procession to the Olympus of glory with a "warm-up"! So, Blondie started the concerts of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and after some two years they collected their own - quite solid concert venues in the USA! Their success was grandiose and unusually fast ...
As for the second co-founder of the group, in addition to musical talent, Chris Stein had a passion for photography ... Moreover, he was a professional photographer (yes, yes!) After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Chris began to shoot in 1968. And in the house on 17th Street, where he lived with Debbie, he organized a real photo lab right in the kitchen!
“... I have always tried to document absolutely everything that happened around!”
In turn, Debbie Harry admitted that Chris is the same person who helped her feel carefree and relaxed in front of the camera:
“…Before I met Chris, I didn’t like to pose…He taught me how to relax in front of the camera! I didn't even think I'd like it! At that time, Chris and I were very close ... But I can’t call it something serious. It was just fun, nothing more…”
For his 40th birthday, Chris released the book "Chris Stein / Negative". In it, he literally "uncovered" previously unknown photographs of his muse, as well as photographs of representatives of the cultural life of New York of that period ...
In these pictures, we can see the sincere "blondie". Debbie Harry was like that until she firmly established herself on the covers of world magazines with the release of "Parallel Lines" ...
“It was the most wonderful period of my life! Every day I breathed my dream, I lived with concert tours ... At that time, we really shook people up! — shared later Harry.
And this is a rare photo of future Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis with his father, actor Blackie Dammett! Both are in stylish black t-shirts… Handsome!
Chris Stein later recalled:
“I knew Blackie from the stage! Once he came to the Tropicana club and brought with him still young Anthony ... “This is my son,” he said!