Face It

Face It Book Summary

‘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.’

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 includes never-before-seen photographs, bespoke illustrations and 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 recreates 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 break-up as a band to her multifaceted acting career in more than thirty 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.

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  • Julie

    Interesting, but lackluster memoir You never know what you are going to get when you start reading a memoir, but it is always hard to write a review for one you feel a little underwhelmed or disappoin...

  • Val ?? Shameless Non-Snowflake ??

    1.5 to 2 StarsThis was super disappointing on several levels...First, I feel like there was no Debbie Harry in this book about Debbie Harry. Meaning, there was literally NO emotion. I feel like I neve...

  • Jo-Anne Hayley

    It was ok. She didnt really put a lot of emotion into it. It was interesting but lacked detail of relationships and how she felt about some of the events. It felt glossed over and lacking detail regar...

  • Robin

    4.5 starsAlthough I have fond memories of listening to the music of Blondie and watching the videos of the winsome Debbie Harry prancing in front of the camera, I wasnt a mega-fan and never followed h...

  • Steven Fisher

    1930's Jean Harlow 1940's Betty Grable 1950' Marilyn Monroe an Bridget Badot 1960 Michelle Phillips. Anita Ekberg an Mary Ann Faithful. When you believed that you have seen them all.Comes Debbie Har...

  • Dr. Detroit

    It was an immediate, smaller, tighter more private world then. It was a time of felt experience no special effects, just raw, visceral, uncut living. No voyeuristic secondhand selfies being beamed ou...

  • Kristy

    2.5/meh. Debbie Harry is 74 and I'm sure she's lived a colorful and interesting life, but the only real interesting parts of this seem to be made up (view spoiler)[(she claims to remember being three ...

  • Stephen

    Well thats shattered my memories of my early teenage years when I bought Heart of Glass as my first single and thought Debbie Harry was cold as ice cream but still as sweet (Sunday Girl)....

  • ALC

    The stories from 1945-1981 are lifted from Making Tracks: The Rise of Blondie a bio published in 1982, which was written by Victor Bockris from interviews with Debbie and Chris Stein. The new stuff 19...

  • MicheleReader

    An interesting memoir. I enjoy tales of the early days of the New York City punk scene and Blonde certainly had an important role in it. You get a sense of the grittiness of those early days. There ar...