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Deborah Harry : Platinum Blonde Hardcover – 24 May 1999


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (24 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233994963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233994963
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the lady once said herself, Deborah Harry is far more famous than she is successful. The two or three years of Blondie's pop supremacy as the 70s turned into the 80s can hardly account for her enduring stardom, so effortlessly revived when Maria, their comeback single, barnstormed to the top of the charts in early 1999. It seems a good moment then to take a second look at Deborah Harry, and to peel away that multitalented peroxide persona--in Cathay Che's words, "a 50s bad girl, a 60s hippy, a 70s punk, an 80s pop star and a 90s post-modern artist." Harry has already told her own story in Making Tracks, written with Victor Bockris, so Che presents only a rather pre-emptory account of her career, useful as a corrective for some of Harry's more sweeping claims, interspersed with some good-natured interviews with Harry and her ex-partner Chris Stein. Her portrait comes into its own in the thoughtful essays (based on interviews with the likes of RuPaul, John Waters et al) on Harry as icon and wannabe, in which Che places her heroine back in the bohemian, often gay, artistic and intellectual circles which spawned her, and which make far more sense of the "Blondie" creation than a purely pop/rock genealogy. With a filmography and exhaustive discography, this may look like a book for fans, but it's also an honest attempt to understand the making of a real and lasting icon. -- Alan Stewart

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clinton-jeffery on 10 Nov 2009
gives a good insight and look behind the iconic singer deborah harry and the group she fronts,and the respect that other famous people have for deborah harry is surprising
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cindy d'lequez-sage on 26 Aug 2014
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ALL'S WELL AND GOOD THANKS
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Dixon on 17 July 2014
Excellent, thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good insight from a qualified fan-observer 5 May 2004
By Keith Carlsen - Published on Amazon.com
Cathay Che is obviously, first and foremost, a Blondie-and more specifically a Deborah Harry-fan who is also a New York scene writer of some accomplishment. She tells the Debbie Harry story about as well as anyone other than Deb herself could. I think it presents an accurate picture of an individual far more influential and musically significant than most people in America, including Deb herself, realize.
My disappointments with Che are few: she gives superfans and scenesters a great deal of space, rather than engaging individuals who really should be regarded as Harry's peers and colleagues. Che appears to have made no effort to have spoken with, say, Madonna, or Deb's 'Heavy' costar (and former MM roommate) Shelley Winters. (Che's assertion, in the book's first chapter,of the feelings "all men" have for the original blonde bombshell is also mildly offensive to me.)
Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and Pete Townshend have all publicly talked about Debbie and a paragraph from any of them would have been invaluable, as would commentary from, say, cinematographer Sam Shaw (who was still alive then and in NYC) or any of the other 'old schoolers' Harry interacted with in the '70s and '80s at the tail end of their careers.
Eventually, Harry has said, she will write herself of her own life, and that will probably be the definitive work on her. Until then, Che's book will stand the most significant book on Deborah Harry, and it has much to recommend it.
Interesting book about Blondie 13 July 2013
By K. Slater - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the book interesting but a little long winded in parts. I have to admit I never finished it, but I may get back to it someday.
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