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Hopefully, this will remind us of a time when the band sounded like Blondie and not the recent "album"!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0435jcy

40 years since the formation of Blondie, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein tell the story of the band's formative years in downtown and down and out Manhattan.

Debbie Harry moved from New Jersey to New York in the late 60s and found herself at the centre of the Warhol underground, waitressing at Max's Kansas City. "When I first came to New York, I was not sure what I wanted to do, whether I wanted to be an artists, or painter, or actor or musician." She recalls the happenings of the hippy era and the influence of the Velvet Underground.

By the mid 70s, New York was collapsing, cruising towards bankruptcy. The air was heavy with smog and crime was rife. "The street life was pretty tough," says Debbie Harry. "You had to have eyes on the back of your head."

But below 14th Street, along the destitute Bowery, a vibrant music scene was emerging. Its focal point was CBGB and OMFUG (standing for Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandisers), a newly opened bar whose house bands included Talking Heads, The Ramones, The New York Dolls, Television, Patti Smith, and Blondie.

Roberta Bailey, who went on to photograph Blondie, worked the door of CBGBs taking admission money. She paints a picture of the early band's surrealistic performances in the squalid club where the owner Hilly Krystal's saluki would relieve itself on the floor.

Will Hermes, author of Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: Five Years In New York That Changed Music Forever, re-visits the venue now a clothes shop.

The programme also features a revealing interview with Elda Gentile, who recruited Debbie Harry to join The Stilettos, an all girl rock cabaret trio who sang songs including Dracula What Did You Do To My Mother?

With the help of drummer Clem Burke, Debbie and Chris reveal how a shambolic band no one thought would succeed became one of New York's most successful and iconic bands.
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Re: The Birth of Blondie - BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 14th May, 10 PM
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2014, 04:18:19 PM »
Clips from a "Newsnight" Interview tonight and a BBC session:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27392835
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Re: The Birth of Blondie - BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 14th May, 10 PM
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 04:38:16 PM »
The "Birth of Blondie" radio show is good. Certainly more worthy of a listen than the new "album".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0435jcy
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Re: The Birth of Blondie - BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 14th May, 10 PM
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2016, 04:04:15 PM »
Don't know why they can't write their own stuff anymore...

http://www.nme.com/news/blondie/93413
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Re: The Birth of Blondie - BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 14th May, 10 PM
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 10:45:58 AM »
Not so funny, huh?  ;D
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Re: The Birth of Blondie - BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 14th May, 10 PM
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2017, 02:11:53 PM »
Chris and Debbie on the radio as I type:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09423l4
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Re: The Birth of Blondie - BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 14th May, 10 PM
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2017, 11:37:51 AM »
Blondie, and a few others, may be of interest to download:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrvln/episodes/downloads
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Re: The Birth of Blondie - BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 14th May, 10 PM
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2018, 01:26:18 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/13/chris-stein-blondie-q-and-a-interview-debbie-harry-william-burroughs-david-bowie

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Chris Stein, 68, is co-founder and guitarist of new wave band Blondie, who have had six UK No 1 hits and sold 40m records worldwide. He’s also an accomplished photographer whose work has been exhibited worldwide and is now published in a new book, Point of View, which chronicles the downtown New York music scene of the 1970s. He has been married to the actress Barbara Sicuranza for 19 years and they have two daughters.

What was the inspiration for your new book?

Partly the visual aspect of social media, especially Instagram. There’s a lot of great street photography on that platform and generally I find that everyone’s more polite on there. There also seems to be a resurgence of interest in the 70s, with TV shows such as The Deuce, so I decided to dig up my images from that period.

Describe your style?
It’s about the aesthetics of it: angles, composition, just trying to create nice images. People I admired were the usual suspects: Brassaï, Robert Frank, Bresson, Arbus. I never had assistants or did photoshoots. I’d set stuff up myself and try to use natural light instead of flash.

There’s a shot of David Bowie too. Did his death hit you hard?

That was on the Idiot tour in 1977, when we supported Iggy and Bowie. Bowie was always cautious about his image and what got out there. Luckily, he didn’t know I was any kind of photographer and just thought I was a hobbyist. His death was a big deal for us. The last time I saw him was shortly before Lou Reed died and we were discussing how concerned we were for Lou. Little did I know that within a couple of years, he’d be gone too. We went on to record an album at the Magic Shop studio in SoHo, where he did Blackstar. It was very moving because Bowie’s books and stuff were still lying around.

The book closes with pictures of 9/11. Tell us about your experiences that day.
It bookends it, because early on, there’s some shots of Debbie and me at the World Trade Center in 1975. By 2001, I lived in a loft in Tribeca, 20 blocks away. I heard this plane, way louder than I was used to hearing, then this muffled boom. I thought it was just a sonic boom, but within a few minutes, people started ringing, telling us to put the TV on. We went into the street and saw a huge hole in the north tower. Soon, both towers were replaced by a huge dust cloud. It was a big turning point for New York. That’s when it started to transition into rampant consumerism and corporate interests took over. [Mayor Rudy] Giuliani had a lot to do with it, helping sell the city out.

Are you and Debbie still close?
Definitely. We talk all the time and see each other as much as possible. Now we’re in old age, we feel closer in a way. We have so much shared history.
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