Cool! It’s Blondie!

Chris Stein/negative

Hey Kids-

I always have fun seeing what's on order here and recently I came across Chris Stein/NegativeBlondie, Me And The Advent Of Punk. Deborah Harry was probably the first famous person I really related to, thinking she was just so cool.  I remember being obsessed with "Heart Of Glass" when I first heard it and was gifted with the vinyl edition of Blondie's Greatest Hits when I was about ten or eleven. I saw her in concert back in 2009, which was a nice thing to be able to cross off of my concert bucket list.

Chris Stein was a founding member of Blondie, so he and his camera snapped many photos of both the band and the "scene" in New York City and around the world during the 1970's all the way through to today. Deborah Harry says in the introduction to the book that she actually dislikes being photographed but Stein was able to make her feel comfortable in front of a camera and that she feels he still takes the best photos of her.

There are photos of not just Deborah Harry and the rest of Blondie, but the scene at CBGB's, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the B-52's, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and a very young Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) with his dad.

I'm a sucker for coffee table books with photos of famous people and this fits the bill nicely.