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Debbie Harry autobiography: Face It

Debbie Harry / Face It

Debbie Harry has written a memoir called ‘Face It’ which is due for release in October.

According to the publisher, HarperCollins, Face It sees Harry ‘upend’ the standard music memoir “with a cutting-edge style keeping with the distinctive qualities of her multi-disciplined artistry”.

The 368-page hardcover book includes an introduction by Chris Stein, “rare personal photos, original illustrations, fan artwork installations and more” and features everyone from bands Blondie came up with on the 1970s music scene – the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie – to artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina AbramoviÄ and H.R. Giger of Alien fame. Here’s some more blurb:

“It explores her successful acting career (she has starred in over 30 film roles, including David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and John Waters’s Hairspray), her weekends with William S. Burroughs and her attempted abduction by serial killer Ted Bundy. Ranging from the hardscrabble grit and grime of the early New York City years to times of glorious commercial success, interrupted by a plunge into heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy and Blondie’s break-up as a band, an amazing solo career and then a stunning return with Blondie, this is a cinematic story of an artist who has always set her own path. Inspirational, entertaining, shocking, humorous and eye-opening, Face It is a memoir as dynamic as its subject.”

Face It will be released on 1 October 2019. The signed copies from Waterstones in the UK are now sold out. This release makes us wonder where the promised Blondie box set that Universal Music announced last year is!

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47 responses to Debbie Harry autobiography: Face It

  1. Mr. Ska '57 says:

    I was right: signed copies at Barnes & Noble online/in-store US $29.25.

  2. Mike says:

    Mmm ordered mine when it was first announced, not signed as I would of liked but ot as bad as the new Iggy Pop album said to be signed print for the first so how many until you pay (how do you know) and it says unsigned, then I tried to cancel as it was so much cheaper on Amazon UK and-no delivery charge on Prime-they said I was too late it´s already been shipped (within a day!!)
    but you have the optition to send it cab for a refund if you could be bothered (whatever!!)

  3. Guy.S says:

    Waterstones Piccadilly in London have tickets to meet Debbie Harry on the Friday 18th Oct at 18:00, Chris Stein will be there as well to sign his books, Good luck.

  4. Guy.S says:

    Signed copies for pre-order at Rough Trade as of 16 Sept 19.00

    • John Archbell says:

      Pre Orders Sold out.

      I’m not chancing it. I’ve ordered a copy from the States – Alabama Book Smiths. Cost $58

      Stupid prices on eBay now!

  5. Stevie B says:

    I’m another who missed the email regarding this, so bummed, hopefully she’ll do a signing somewhere in London. Funnily enough I’m supposed to be signed up for Waterstones emails and they didn’t let me know either. Hey Ho!

    On a different note. The Neil Tennant hardback lyric book (unsigned) is 2 for £5 at FOPP.

  6. Marc Wall says:

    Bookends has autograph copies but they are pricey. They have Pete Townsend autographs as well. https://www.mkt.com/bookends/

  7. Trevor Smith says:

    Great to hear about this and a must buy for me. Unfortunately I’ve missed the signed copy and wondered why I didn’t get your usual informative email Paul? I received the email regarding Midge Ure yesterday but it seems I didn’t get emails for a few of the other recent items and only discovered them by logging into the site today. Thanks for all your hard work as always.

  8. Paul Rothon says:

    Anymore signed copies available??

  9. Cosmo Castanza says:

    I bought the box set a while back , it had loads of signed stuff , so I can omit this purchase.

  10. Simon Benson says:

    Blondie is my all time favourite band so this is an instant purchase. What I’m more interested in though is that boxset of all the recordings from Blondie mk I, which is allegedly coming “fall 2019”….

  11. Bryan O' Flynn says:

    Debbie Harry has always been quite unforthcoming in press interviews, so it will be fascinating to get an inside view about herself and Blondie the band. Cheers Paul.

  12. Tim-Meh says:

    It might be an idea to keep an eye on the Blondie webstore as they usually have signed books up for sale. They have done for Chris Stein’s photo books previously.

  13. Dave says:

    Thanks for the heads up Chris. Looks like i was too late though. Blondie is an all time favorite of mine. First album i ever bought was the best of blondie… hope the release more copies and i really hope they get the box set right!

  14. richard says:

    Can you give us a ‘heads up’ if any more signed copies appear.

    Must get one for my wife.

    Thanks

  15. Shane says:

    The one time i didnt check the site? Darn it. Really wanted it. Also, i preferred the previous faceless cover.

    • Mr. Ska '57 says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Target and/or Barnes & Noble in the US have signed copies either upon release or at Xmas time.

      • GHB says:

        Very likely B&N will have copies – I have ordered signed copies of books from them in past, and the shipping from the US to the UK really isn’t too bad if you go for the standard international shipping (which in my experience always arrives much quicker than the estimates).

        • John Sleath says:

          I was just chatting to B & N and they say they are now not allowed to ship to the UK. My search for signed Debbie will continue.

    • Mikael says:

      Same here. One time you don’t check, and there it goes …

  16. Andrew says:

    I’ll wait for it to come out in the States since the signed copies are sold out.

  17. John says:

    Love your site Paul!! Another great SDE scoop!! Can’t wait for October now.

  18. Bridge says:

    Appears to be already Sold Out. Damn

  19. Anthony says:

    Out of stock sadly,

  20. Joe says:

    Damn, sold out. Let’s hope they add more copies :(

  21. Marc B says:

    Sadly signed copies seem to have sold out already :(

  22. Lee says:

    Sold out already!

  23. Al Chapman says:

    Just saw her last weekend with Elvis Costello. Great show, book looks to be interesting!

  24. Marc says:

    just ordered one to the States postage also £12.50 – eek!

  25. Quante says:

    Thanks Paul. It’ll be great to have a signed version.

    Anyone interested in a art pop style print of Debbie Harry should check out this Kii Arens print, which is on offer in the UK at the Flood Gallery.

    https://www.thefloodgallery.com/collections/artists-kii-arens

    There were three versions of this, I’ve two and in hindsight should have got the third, where only twenty were printed (and naturally the price was higher).

    Even in isolation the one print looks great and well worth £35.

  26. Stuart says:

    Brilliant, thanks Paul. I love your website even though it costs me £££!
    Been waiting for the signed copies to appear, let’s hope she is reading this herself for the Audiobook version!

  27. Dean says:

    Brilliant, been hoping signed copies would be available (at a reasonable price!) somewhere.

    Great site Paul, always visit daily.

  28. Norman Reid says:

    Ordered Paul. Thank you!!

  29. hendry doran says:

    Signed copy ordered. Thanks for the heads-up Paul

  30. Bernard Reynaert says:

    Can I pre-order a copy as a non UK resident (I’m from Belgium)?

  31. Rune T says:

    Looking forward to this. As far as I know there isn’t a lot available in writing when it comes to the inner workings of Blondie.

    Also glad to see that it covers the comeback in 1999 and not just the early years of the band. Stories that stop halfway there (I’m looking at you Chrissie Hynde….) is not that satisfying.

  32. Colin Fletcher says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Paul.
    Pre-ordered today.

  33. Dan says:

    Thanks Paul! Got a signed copy before they sold out, seemed easier than the Kate Bush fiasco!

    • Andrew says:

      That is exactly what I was going to say, Dan.

      Really looking forward to this book and good to have a signed copy. Thanks for the heads up yet again, Paul.

  34. GHB says:

    Excellent – have been keeping an eye out for signed copies of this – (pre)ordered and very happy! Fingers crossed they offer full-band-signed copies of the forthcoming box set via their website in due course too. Thanks Paul – much appreciated.

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