|Outside CBGB's, 1975|
|Debbie in Wind In The Willows|
In 1974, she joined The Stilettos, with Elda Gentile and Amanda Jones, her future collaborator Chris Stein joined shortly afterwards. Around this time, she claims she was lured into a car being driven by serial killer Ted Bundy but managed to get away before he could drive off. Debbie and Stein left The Stilettos, briefly formed Angel and the Snake and then, romantically involved, started the band that would eventually become known as Blondie.
|The original Blondie line-up in 1976 (from left) - Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Debbie, Chris Stein|
|Debbie in the studio with Nile Rodgers|
In 1983, Chris Stein was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris, a rare autoimmune disease that affects the skin and mucous membranes and Debbie took several years off to care for him. Their relationship broke up in the late 80s but they continued to work together.
|Chris Stein and Debbie Harry, 1982|
|Punk survivors - Debbie and Iggy Pop, photographed as part of the 2015 Paco Rabanne campaign|
|With James Woods in the excellent Videodrome (1983)|
|On the loft roof, 1977|
Shirley Manson, of Garbage, told Pop Matters, "I have the most immense respect for and love for [her] - for so many different reasons, but most of all because she’s an incredible person and an amazing woman. She’s incredibly generous to all other young artist who have followed in her wake, and there have been so many of us. She has never treated anyone with jealousy or with any kind of superiority. She’s just a gorgeous creature, who deserves to be remembered.”
|The Queens of punk and new wave, Hyde Park Hotel 1980 (photo by Chris Stein)|
Debbie, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie Hynde, Poly Styrene, Pauline Black
- Debbie Harry, interviewed by Victor Bokris for Making Tracks
“Iconic? I guess so. But the word 'iconic' is used too frequently–an icon is a statue carved in wood. It was shocking at first, when I got that reference. It was a responsibility, and it's impossible to live up to - you're supposed to be dead, for one thing.”
- Debbie Harry
|Part of the Parallel Lines promotional materials, I had this poster on my bedroom wall for years as I was growing up|
Happy birthday Debbie!