“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.” (From Face It)
Brave, beautiful, and born to be punk.
Debbie Harry is a musician, actor, activist, and the iconic face of New York City cool. As the front-woman of Blondie, she and the band forged a new sound that brought together the worlds of rock, punk, disco, reggae, and hip-hop to create some of the most beloved pop songs of all time. As a muse, she collaborated with some of the boldest artists of the past four decades. The scope of Debbie Harry’s impact on our culture has been matched only by her reticence to reveal her rich inner life – until now.
In an arresting mix of visceral, soulful storytelling and stunning visuals that include fan art installations, Face It upends the standard music memoir while delivering a truly prismatic portrait. With all the grit, grime, and glory recounted in intimate detail, Face It re-creates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where Blondie played alongside the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie.
Following her path from glorious commercial success to heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy, and Blondie’s breakup as a band to her multifaceted acting career in more than 30 films, a stunning solo career and the triumphant return of her band, and her tireless advocacy for the environment and LGBTQ rights, Face
It is a cinematic story of a woman who made her own path, and set the standard for a generation of artists who followed in her footsteps – a memoir as dynamic as its subject.
Face It: A Memoir Debbie Harry, Chris Stein,
reviewed unto righteousness below
Debbie Harry’s noise was not music, it was nonsense.
Debbie Harry’s book is not wisdom, but chatter.
Debbie Harry, in her own words has to disclaim herself because her life is a disaster.
Fools begin with nonsense,
and their stupid chatter ends with disaster.
Debbie Harry needs to face it.
The it being her many sins.
Then weep, wail and repent over it before the Living God.
There Ms. Harry will find mercy, freedom, life and selfless love.
“The Tide Is High (Really), but Debbie Harry Is Staying Put
“I should put a disclaimer on the cover,” she said of her new memoir. “I don’t know if any of this is real or not.”” The Tide Is High (Really), but Debbie Harry Is Staying Put – The New York Times
Opinion Unto Righteousness
DEBBIE HARRY’S FACE IT
The Much-anticipated Memoir of an Artistic Icon
New York, NY (Wednesday, May 29) – Dey Street Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins Publishers, announced today plans to publish FACE IT, a memoir from Blondie front woman and cultural icon, Debbie Harry.
FACE IT is an arresting mix of visceral storytelling and stunning visuals that reflects the complexity of its subject. In her distinctive voice, Debbie Harry recreates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where she, with Blondie, played alongside everyone from The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. With all the grit, grime and glory recounted in intimate detail, FACE IT takes readers from the New York underground to global superstardom and the creation of some of the most beloved pop songs of all-time.
FACE IT offers a full and robust portrait of a cultural trailblazer who has spent decades pushing creative boundaries in a variety of media. From her collaborations with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Marina Abramovic, and H.R. Giger, to her extensive acting career in over thirty films, Debbie Harry has constantly sought to elevate and deliver counter-culture to the masses. In conjunction with her artistic work, Debbie has also been a tireless activist on behalf of environmental causes and the LGBTQ community, giving voice to some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Debbie Harry is undeniably an icon as well as an iconoclast, and in FACE IT, she shares the breadth of her fascinating life and career, with never-before seen personal images, brilliantly curated fan-art, and memories from the highs and lows of her life as a pioneering feminist, and muse to generations of fans and artists.
Dey Street Books negotiated the deal for FACE IT with 10th Street Entertainment and VP, Editorial Director Carrie Thornton will edit the book. The book will be simultaneously be released by HarperCollins UK, where Ed Faulkner and Zoe Berville will oversee the publication. FACE IT is written in collaboration with critically acclaimed journalist and author, Sylvie Simmons, based on a series of recent exclusive personal interviews, and also includes original essays by Debbie Harry.
“I didn’t want to, but I did,” said Harry. “There are many more stories for me to tell; some funny, some scary, some warm, some chill to the bone and if FACE IT appeals to people then I will get to telling more of the anecdotal bits of the story of Blondie – like the time I met Rita Hayworth and Penny Singleton backstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. This book is biographical and covers a lot of years. I know there will be questions asked because in putting this together, I realized I have led a very full life and couldn’t possibly cover everything in just one volume. I’m prepared for the best and the worst comments, much like when I have released an album or done a big show. I don’t have a thick skin, but I do have a pretty good sense of humor.”” Face It | DebbieHarry.com