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Face It: A Memoir

Face It: A Memoir

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DEBBIE HARRY with Blondie has sold millions of albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Rather than it being a more obvious type of autobiography documenting her famous photogenic looks as there's more to her than just her pretty face of course! That part where she explained her reasons for doing the book and trying NOT to do this book was for me the best part. She emphasized a noble habit of Andy Warhol, of which she was the muse, and which I will strive to follow, making me a better man. Her tales of life before, during, after, and beyond her time with Blondie are intermixed with interludes that capture the eclectic and electric passion she has for the creative process.

Blondie fans will love its piquant atmospherics and the energy and honesty of Harry’s take on her singular saga. I regret that I never got to see CBGBs or witness the late 70s music scene in New York – even though it sounds like it was not an “if” but a “when” I would have been mugged or beaten up! I couldn’t wait for my library to get a copy, so I listened to the audio on Scribd without the benefit of having a digital or print book to complement it- something I rarely do. All I really wanted, and all I ever want from memoirs like this, is a clear-eyed, no bullshit look at the past while also giving me a good amount of hot gossip. None of those intimacies are here and I’m wondering if perhaps Debbie was not really all that interested in giving us a prolonged peek behind the curtain, which leads me to believe that she may have been better off going with an authorized biography instead.In fact, she went out of her way to avoid that subject, explaining that she just put up with it and got on with what she needed to do- which is a cycle we are desperately trying to break. Her tales are intermixed with interludes that capture the eclectic and electric passion she has for the creative process. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. 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. The tone is chatty and personal (it read as if the editor let her have reasonably free rein), and I had to take frequent breaks to locate videos and photos mentioned in the narration.

Those who are very dedicated fans, or were much more involved in the punk scene, and are far more familiar with the atmosphere of that time and place, may not glean anything new from this memoir, but I’m sure the trip down memory lane will be worth your time.

It may be the case, as Harry notes, that some of the Early Era was a blur because the band was so busy. There seem to be a few reviews on here that complained and initially put me off, I approached this book with trepidation to say the least but was pleasantly surprised, once I got over the books physical condition which frankly did not look new, the dust jacket arrived damaged, but that issue aside, the contents of this book is great. As a vibrant global force and a shaper of pop culture, Debbie’s chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame for Blondie in 2006. However, along with her courage and talent and happy enduring personal a professional relationship with Chris Stein, her perseverance paid off. It explores her successful acting career (she has starred in over 30 film roles, including David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and John Waters’s Hairspray), her weekends with William S.

With the addition of her portraits drawn by her fans which she preserved throughout her career and exhibited in a sumptuous series.Inspirational, entertaining, shocking, humorous and eye-opening, Face It is a memoir as dynamic as its subject.

The overall vibe this memoir gives off is that of an artist who has been prodded into writing a memoir by her marketing team, and clearly has no interest in laying her soul bare. There are books that chronicle those times better ( Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain) but hey, it's Debbie Harry - nice to read her perspective of her journey and learn of how some of the band's top hits and records were created.Rather than expose her inner workings to the world, Harry has determined to stay mysterious to the last.

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