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Debbie Harry of Blondie to release her first memoir

Twinkle, little stars
Debbie Harry attends a fashion show in New York on Feb. 14, 2003.
(Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)

Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry will tell the story of her career as a musician and actress in a new memoir set for release this fall.

HarperCollins imprint Dey Street Books plans to release “Face It,” which the publisher describes as “a multilayered memoir from a multifaceted artist,” in October.

Harry said in a news release that she was initially reluctant to write a memoir, her first, and is bracing herself for readers’ reactions to it.

“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,” she said. “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.”

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HarperCollins said Harry’s book will include stories involving celebrities such as Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Jean-Michel Basquiat and William S. Burroughs.

“Upending the standard music memoir, with a cutting-edge style keeping with the distinctive qualities of her multi-disciplined artistry, ‘Face It’ includes a thoughtful introduction by Chris Stein, rare personal photos, original illustrations, fan artwork installations and more,” the publisher said. “Inspirational, entertaining, shocking, humorous and eye-opening, ‘Face It’ is a memoir as dynamic as its subject.”

Harry’s career in music began with her stint as a backup singer in a folk band, but she first became a star as the frontwoman for Blondie, a new wave/punk band that she co-founded with guitarist Stein in 1974.

The band released its first No. 1 single, “Heart of Glass,” in 1979. They followed that up with a string of hit songs, including “One Way or Another,” “Call Me,” “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture,” which was the first pop song including rap to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Blondie broke up in 1982 but reunited 15 years later.

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Harry has also worked as an actress, appearing in films such as “Videodrome,” “Hairspray” and “Cop Land.”

Harry said in a news release that her memoir includes just some of the stories of her career in entertainment.

“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,” she said.

“Face It” is scheduled for release on Oct. 1.


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