‘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
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
This was super disappointing on several levels...
First, I feel like there was no Debbie Harry in this book about Debbie Harry. Meaning, there was literally NO emotion. I feel like I never really got to know Debbie Harry at all, having just read an entire book about Debbie Harry, supposedly written by Debbie Harry.
Harry didn't seem to be connected to the the book at all and there was nothing that felt personal or overly interesting in the entirety of the book.
Secondly, the book was ...more
Your enjoyment of this book will increase with each one of the following criteria you can answer “Yes”:
- You are a fan of Debbie Harry
- You enjoy stories – fiction or non-fiction – set in New York during the tumultuous 60s, 70s, and 80s
- You like punk/new wave music
- You enjoy the music of Blondie
- You enjoy autobiographies – no matter who they are about
If you can answer all of these yes – then this book is a must read. If you can’t answer any of them yes, then there is no reason to even try thi ...more
She was a huge part of the early 70's punk scene and forged her way in a very male dominated industry. Some may dismiss her obvious femininity but it is actually a homage to h ...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 her honest feelings and ...more
If you're a fan, you probably know all this. For th ...more
Look, Blondie is the name of the band, not the singer. Got it? Let’s move on.
Pleasantly surprised with this one, given th ...more
But now I LOVE Debbie Harry!
She's so honest and forthright. This book is like listening to someone as they sit and tell you spontaneously about their life. And I really love her voice: she's so in-the-moment. I love the sense of momentum she imparts, you get the feeling she's constantly in motion. Whatever setbacks she encounters--whether it be an abusive stalker boyfriend who could've killed her (and who inspired One Way or Another!) or a violent attack by a robber ...more
This woman has lived a hell of a crazy life. My favourite kind of memoirs are the kind that feel as though you’re just sitting down with a friend and having them tell you a story, this is that kind of memoir.
A fantastic read from one of the greatest music and film icons of our time!
Debbie Harry takes us on a journey from her childhood through today, but rarely have I ever read a memoir that had less soul; in fact, Harry comes off as something of an empty sociopath here, completely lacking in any emotional aspect. We start off with her childhood in New Je ...more
When talking about harassment she encountered (David Bowie exposing himself in dressing rooms, a band member staring at her chest while speaking to her, pr ...more