PEOPLE ALWAYS CALLED ME BLONDIE | AT SOME POINT I BECAME DIRTY HARRY

“Hi, it’s Deb.  You know, when I woke up this morning I had a realization about myself.  I was always Blondie.  People always called me Blondie, ever since I was a little kid. What I realized is that at some point I became Dirty Harry.  I couldn’t be Blondie anymore, so I became Dirty Harry.”

–Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry of Blondie, Coney Island, NY, 1977 — Image © Bob Gruen

“It was in the early ’70s and I was trying to get across town at two or three o’clock in the morning.  This little car kept coming around and offering me a ride.  I kept saying ‘No’ but finally I took the ride because I couldn’t get a cab.”  

“I got in the car and the windows were are rolled up, except for a tiny crack.  This driver had an incredibly bad smell to him. I looked down and there were no door handles.  The inside of the car was stripped. The hairs on the back of my neck just stood up.”  

“I wiggled my arm out of the window and pulled the door handle from the outside.  I don’t know how I did it, but I got out. He tried to stop me by spinning the car but it sort of helped me fling myself out.”

” Afterwards I saw him on the news–  Ted Bundy.”

–Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry, NYC, 1976 —  Image © Bob Gruen

1978 — Debbie Harry of Blondie — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

Debbie Harry, New Jersey, 1978 — Image © Bob Gruen  New Jersey’s own Debbie Harry is an icon and sex symbol (those dead eyes and daft lips…) of the 1970s Punk / New Wave / Art scene.  She originally hailed from Hawthorne and went on to graduate from Centenary College in Hackettstown — all just a long stones’ throw from my own stomping grounds.  Eesh.

  

Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop, Toronto, Canada, 1977 — Images © Bob Gruen 

1982 — Debbie Harry of Blondie — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

New York, 1978 — Debbie Harry of Blondie — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

Los Angeles, California, 1977 — Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Gary Valentine. — Image by © Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis

Los Angeles, California, 1977 — Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri, Debbie Harry, Gary Valentine, Clem Burke. — Image by © Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis

1977 — Debbie Harry of Blondie — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

  

A young Debbie Harry

1978 — Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

1978 — Debbie Harry, lead singer of the Rock Group, Blondie — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

1978 — Debbie Harry, lead singer of the Rock Group, Blondie — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

1979 — Blondie — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

ca. 1980s — Debbie Harry of Blondie — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

Los Angeles, California, 1977 — New wave band Blondie, from left– Gary Valentine, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri, and Clem Burke. — Image by © Henry Diltz/Corbis

1978 — Debbie Harry with a Knife — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

Debbie Harry, Basquiat, Fab Fred, NYC 1981 — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith

Debbie Harry of Blondie models for one of Andy Warhol’s paintings — Image by © Chris Stein  via

ca. 1970s — Rockers Vicki Blue, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, David Johansen, Joey Ramone, and Mickey Leigh perform a fake wedding ceremony. — Image by © Corbis

Debbie Harry of Blondie

1978 — Joan Jett and Debbie Harry of Blondie backstage at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, PA at a gig featuring The Runaways, The Ramones & The Jam — Image by © Scott Weiner/Retna Ltd./Corbis

Debbie Harry and Nancy Spungen

The Clash with Al Fields, David Johansen and Debbie Harry, NYC, 1979 — Image by © Bob Gruen

ca. 1970s — Debbie Harry of Blondie booty-bumpin’ a beater.

1978 — Debbie Harry and Chris Stein — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

1978, Philadelphia, PA — Chris Stein and Debbie Harry — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

New York — An early publicity photo of new wave band Blondie. From left– Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Jimmy Destri — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

1978, London, England — Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie at the opening of Blondie in Camera exhibition at the Mirandy Gallery — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

1978, London, England — Debbie Harry of Blondie at the opening of Blondie in Camera exhibition at the Mirandy Gallery — Image by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

Debbie Harry, 1969

23 thoughts on “PEOPLE ALWAYS CALLED ME BLONDIE | AT SOME POINT I BECAME DIRTY HARRY

  1. God I love that woman, she had a special place in my life for a few years. It was my bedroom wall actually, absolutely covered with ‘Dirty Debbie’ and Hot Rods (Custom Car mag posters) mostly with scantily clad females draped over them. I think I turned out quite well really. ;-)

  2. OK here we GO, just LIKE “JACK” in the BATMAN where HE made like 60 MILLION old MONEY highest NET inflation ADJUSTED gig where HE emiTTed the immortal “WHERE does HE get ALL thous WONDERFUL toys”

    TOUche or HOWever U spell it , SCREW goGGle checkIN u know WHAT i mean……

    DUDE u rock, wonderful kisss MY ass U r the BOMB, great WELL done KUDOS

    (where does HE get all thous wonderful IMAGES & great commentary)

  3. The nude photo from 1969 made me look up her birth date. I had no idea she was in her mid-thirties during the peak of Blondie. She looked great. She looked great as a nude in her mid-twenties, too.

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  5. Two things…

    1. “… backstage at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, PA at a gig featuring The Runaways, The Ramones & The Jam…” My God. If I only had a time machine.

    2. When I scrolled to the last picture, I think I let out an audible squeal. Sheer delight. Thank you.

  6. Roberta Bayley – Blondie: Images 1976-1980 is a very good snapshot in time for the band also. A friend that’s in the book turned me on to it…

  7. Great pics of a time long ago. The pic of her JJ and the Clash, David J. and Joey R….ah those were some great times when some of the new wave music started filtering in with the classics…Stones Zep, Who etc. I am old enough to love the classic rock bands having seen them….but the new music of the Heads, Ramones, Blondie, NY Dolls, Pistols, Clash etc were great to hear. Many of my friends could not accept the new music; frowned on it. I have continued to remain open to both the old and new even today; its the spice of life. Great job as usual!!!

  8. This is a good collection of photographs of one of the most photogenic women around. Ran into her at the Museum of Modern Art a few months ago when she was introducing a movie there. I was sitting directly behind her and we got a long close look at each other before she sat down. She still looks like Debbie Harry.

    I think her best recording was “Rapture.”

  9. Thank you for posting those wonderful images of Debbie. Damn she’s beautiful! Your blog made me feel like I was transported into a time capsule. Wow!

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