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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 14, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , music. There, glad we have that sorted. The first part of the book, the early 70s, is great fun - getting together, seeking out like-minded souls, all driven by the need to create music and enjoy themselves.
There are some casualties, sobering the tone but watching the band pull together makes for a good read. Unfortunately, during the mid-section of the book - where Blondie became huge in the late 70s - it quickly becomes apparent that co-writer Kris Needs is a little too near to the material.
A zine editor at the time, he got very close to the band and so even though we get detailed accounts of gigs, playlists, after-show-parties and smooching, we also lose any kind of objective viewpoint. The shows are great, the band is tight, problems are the fault of others such as the sound-man , Debbie is stressed, Peter Leeds is an arse - the swing into sycophancy robs the text of any real power.
As it says, they simply dissolved. Towards the latter half of the book, it does become more of a Debbie Harry biography. However, this does do a good job in showing how a disparate group of people got together and quite literally against the odds became one of the biggest bands in the world, before everything self-destructed. Inspiring, nostalgic, fun and sad in equal measures, this is well worth a read for any Blondie fan and for that reason, I recommend this.
Mar 13, A Reader's Heaven rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , entertainment , music , net-galley , non-fiction , society-culture. I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. One of the most iconic groups of their generation, Blondie experienced an unparalleled rise to global superstardom during the late s.
As they topped charts throughout the world, vocalist Deborah Harry adorned magazine covers and bedroom walls everywhere. Beginning with their childhoods, backgrounds and influences, the book charts the development of Blondie to their massive popular success and eventual break up; the reformation, subsequent renaissance with their No Exit album; the controversies surrounding the induction to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, ending in the present with the release of Panic of Girls.
It wasn't until I was well into my teens before I had heard of them - and their career was starting to go backwards pretty quickly.
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But this book - this book makes me wish I was a little bit older and had the chance to see those days of both Blondie and the New York scene in general, at the time. See, this isn't a book JUST about Blondie - it is a book about a time and a city, and the goings on in the music scene and industry. And, for the most part, it is a brilliant biography. Not just chronicling the years of the band, but giving the reader a more intimate knowledge of the members of the group.
We read about the early days of the band - and the dreadful music they played live in those years - and also about their contemporaries: The New York Dolls, The Ramones, Television to name just a few, and how Blondie worked together as a group to out-do those heavyweight names. Personally, I am not sure they eclipsed The Ramones Now, speaking of bias What stopped this being a 5-star review was two things: about halfway through the book, we get a lot of minutae about the band - gigs, parties, playlists etc.
Hardly interesting reading.
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Now, the co-author Kris Needs used to run a fanzine of Blondie, so that could explain the details The second thing was that the last pages or so was a Debbie Harry retrospective. While she went on to become the famous name from the band, it seemed to step away from being a book about Blondie Overall, a very good read about a band, a time and a place Paul ARH It was a great privilege to have received this advance reader copy from NetGalley in return for my honest review.
I am drawn to rock biographies, and since Blondie's salad days occurred during mine it was a pleasure to delve back into the 70's when hits such as "Call Me" and "Heart of Glass" were mainstays on the radio. What makes this book so special are the many direct quotes from singer and front woman Deborah Harry, as well as her bandmates: Guitarist and longtime lover Chris Stein, drummer Cl It was a great privilege to have received this advance reader copy from NetGalley in return for my honest review.
What makes this book so special are the many direct quotes from singer and front woman Deborah Harry, as well as her bandmates: Guitarist and longtime lover Chris Stein, drummer Clem Burke, bassist Gary Valentine, keyboardist Jimmy Destri and other later band members. The authors were embedded with Blondie from their early inception because they worked for a British music magazine.
Because of this, they have a treasure trove of interviews with Blondie that span decades. Hearing the band members "speak" in real time relative to each time period lent a wonderful authenticity to this biography. The book is chock full of details of each Blondie album's creation, as well as Deborah Harry's solo offerings and many concert tours.
The breadth of these descriptions will no doubt delight major Blondie fans who are already familiar with their discography. If you only know the major hits like me, this deep analysis of their songwriting album by album might become a bit tiresome unless it inspires you to listen to the song samples on the internet. Chris Stein's mysterious illness and eventual recovery was also explored, as well as Debbie's successful parallel career as an actress. As for me, I particularly enjoyed the many passages of interviews with the band members, especially the ones from Debbie.
It was a joy to journey along with them throughout the years to see where they are today. Sep 03, La La - Everyone's Crazy Aunt rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-memoirs , on-my-kindle , review-arcs-netgalley , music. Oh, this book, soooooooo good. It is more than just a biography. It also chronicles the New York City fringe and underground music scene from the late sixties until the early eighties. You get background on the clubs and venues and how they started, who was playing with whom, who was headlining, what bands were sharing members, or quarreling, and how different bands morphed from one genre to another.
There are sections about management and the tours bands were doing during that time; on both coasts and in the UK. There is so much music history crammed into this book it boggles the mind. And it has photos!
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Lots of photos. I always say these are the years when the music "business" turned into the music "industry". The book shows what was happening and evolving on the business and technical sides, at that place in time, to set these changes in motion. It is most certainly a book I will re-read more than once.
I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review. I loved this book so much I will be doing a funky thought-provoking review on my blog at some point and will add the link when it is posted. View 1 comment. Aug 28, Daniel Casey rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction.
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Nothing really makes this band biography stand out, yet there is very little that distracts or detracts from it. If you are a fan of Blondie or pop music enthusiast, then this will serve as a more than adequate reference book for your rock and roll library. If not, well, this is a plane or beach read--easily picked up, easily put down, with nothing taxing or surprising.
Jun 04, John Plowright rated it liked it. How wrong they were. The book, as it stands, is quite an enjoyable easy read but in addition to not telling the whole story includes some very questionable statements. Condition: New. ISBN: Publisher :Omnibus Press. Format :HB. Seller Inventory AM More information about this seller Contact this seller.
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Dick Porter ; Kris Needs. Publisher: Omnibus Press , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Beginning with the band members' childhoods, backgrounds and influences, the book is also an evocative homage to the unique New York scene of the s. It charts the development of Blondie to their massive popular success and eventual break up.
It also details how Debbie Harry set her career aside to nurse Chris through a debilitating and life-threatening genetic disease.
Co-author Kris Needs established a friendship with Harry, Stein and the rest of the band that endures to this day.
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