Punk and rock ICON, Debbie Harry has a new book call “face it”, in it she narrates her fascinating life and shares some interesting passages.
The leader of Blondie illustrates the book with fan art she’s collected from over her 40-plus year career since she moved to NYC. Here Bowie complimented her on being just like a drag queen, years later she hooked up Iggy pop and Bowie with cocaine, and after they do the blow, Bowie flops out his apparently notoriously big dick.
“Well, I was surprised and flattered actually and sort of ‘Oh!’. She laughs “I mean, who wouldn’t? This is like the perfect rock’n’roll story really. And if it’s David Bowie, what could be better? I thought it was a very gentlemanly gesture in a way.”
She thinks if terms like genderqueer and non-binary had been around then, she would have identified with them.
Touches up on being a pioneer – she was playing up to the idea of being a highly feminine woman fronting a male rock band in a highly phallocentric industry.
Her roughest time was was “between the years 1982 and ’85 – that was a rough patch for all of us”: the band imploded, Stein was diagnosed with pemphigus (an autoimmune disease so rare, hospital nurses assumed he had AIDS and refused to go into his room) and both were numbing the pain – physical and emotional – with heroin.
Having blazed a trail for artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, Garbage’s Shirley Manson and Madonna, she is still touring and has seemingly become more overtly political in recent years.