‘I was saying things in songs that female singers didn’t really say back then. I wasn’t 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 serious.’
BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL AND BORN TO BE PUNK
DEBBIE HARRY is a mu...more
You never know what you are going to get when you start reading a memoir, but it is always hard to write a review for one you feel a little underwhelmed or disappointed with.
So, fans of Debbie Harry, those who will brook no criticism of her, maybe you’ll want to skip this review. I can seem judgmental, more so with a memoir than with a biography written by a third party or a ghost writer.
That’s not really my intent, but I’ve been told I come off sounding that ...more
Although I have fond memories of listening to the music of Blondie and watching the videos of the winsome Debbie Harry prancing in front of the camera, I wasn’t a mega-fan and never followed her career after the break-up of the band. However, that didn’t stop me from anxiously awaiting my early reading copy that promised to be revealing and compelling and I was not disappointed.
I hate coyness in memoirs so I appreciated Debbie letting loose with names along with ...more
It's funny, shocking, dry, poignant. Mostly chronological, sometimes not. Sometimes self-deprecating, never self-aggrandizing — but then, Harry doesn't have to ...more
Debbie Harry’s Face It: A Memoir is not one of those autobiographies. And that’s okay. ...more
As you can expect a lot of it is about sex, drugs and rock'n'roll which to me made interesting reading. Compared to her, you have led a boring life. Safer, but boring.
I always wanted to know about the period when Chris Stein got sick and that was a heartbreaking account. Also, the part when they were penniless due to the tax issues they got into. With so much potential w ...more
Ok, first up, the reader is constantly bea ...more
I won't go on endlessly about the positive aspects of this memoir: it's a functional autobiography, it’s interesting, and all Debbie/Blondie fans are going to want to read it. It is general enough that it is also an accessible book for those whose awareness of the subject is more incidental – there isn't a surfeit of anorakish facts and figures which will bore the more casual reader. Having s ...more
The largest part of filler is the fan art, divided into sections, each with a (skipable) preface. There's an intro by Chris Stein that makes no sense. Pictures are not dated and/or are out of linear sequence. There's a lot of art direction ...more