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Face It: A Memoir

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Filled with never-before-seen photos and art throughout, the much-anticipated autobiography from rock icon and lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry


Musician, actor, activist, and the iconic face of New York City cool, Debbie Harry is the frontwoman of Blondie, a band that forged a new sound that brought together the worlds of rock,

Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by Dey Street Books
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Richard Gray
I keep saying I’m going to stop reading these celebrity memoirs, as they all follow a kind of formula. In a way, it’s probably a good thing that I don’t know a massive about about Debbie Harry/Blondie beyond the greatest hits. Harry’s warts-and-all approaching is refreshing in some chapters, while in others (where she glosses over various sexual assaults, kidnap attempts and other crimes) it’s somewhat bizarre. Harry eschews the typical set of lists to pad out the word count - instead she has ...more
Signe Liisa
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies, music
Cool tale of 60s-80s+ NYC music scene, which will never be replicated due to gentrification and other factors. People had no money and just wanted to do something original instead of simply being famous, and this tells one story. It's not as introspective or spiritual as I was hoping for, just down-to-earth episodic story-telling. I still wanna know how someone with such big abandonment issues, who was anxious constantly, developed into a seemingly physically + mentally healthy, energetic 74 ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. After acquiring both of Chris Stein’s great photo books, I was anxiously anticipating Debbie Harry’s autobiography. The short-form stories that he told around his photos were great. I expected Debbie’s book to be even greater. To be fair, she openly grapples with how much info to divulge to the reader. I get that. But her story is incredible and too much of it is glossed over.

Some meetings with celebs, or rockstars is explained in-depth. Others, usually of great notoriety, is
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I was not a Blondie superfan, I did like their music back in the day. This memoir covers everything from the early days, the touring, the drama, the side projects, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and the band's reunion. Plus a lot about Debbie's life. I did not know she was adopted. Or buddies with Joan Jett.

The writing is very conversational and she published lots of artwork given to her by fans. Very sweet.

My only complaint is that the book is physically hard to read! The
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Everyone tells their life story in a different way and the book's "voice" is how I imagine Harry talking. A really enjoyable read.
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I think you need to be a super fan to really enjoy thus book.
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Deborah Ann Harry is a Golden Globe-nominated and Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and actress most famous for being the lead singer for the punk rock/new wave band Blondie. She has also had some success as a solo artist, recording five solo albums and has sold more then 7 million records. In the mid 1990s she also performed and recorded as part of the Jazz Passengers. Harry has also engaged ...more