An Evening with Blondie - featuring Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Rob Roth
The name Debbie Harry evokes many images: seminal rock-n-roll figure, complex songstress, incandescent front woman, actor and fashion icon. Now, after decades as a vibrant global force and a shaper of pop culture, Debbie Harry recounts her journey from an irreverent Lower East Side punk goddess to a bona fide international ambassador of New York cool in her long-anticipated memoir, "FACE IT". Join Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry for an illuminating evening with Blondie co-founder and renowned photographer, Chris Stein, and multidisciplinary artist and director, Rob Rothaccompanied by a visual presentation.
*This is a ticketed event. Those who purchase or preorder "Face It" from Joseph-Beth Booksellers will receive a ticket to the event. All of the books will be pre-signed in advance, there is no public signing line. No memorabilia or extra books signed; no posed photography.
**Those who order and cannot attend the event may pick up their book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers starting at noon the day following the event. You can also call the bookstore at 513-396-8960 to arrange to have it shipped to you. Orders not picked up by 3 months after the event date will be forfeited.
Best known as the face of Blondie, undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, DEBBIE HARRY and co-founder Chris Stein brought the worlds of rock, punk, disco and ska together with Heart of Glass and Call Me and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop on Rapture. Blondie was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. As a solo artist, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards co-produced her first release Koo Koo in 1981 and she continued to defy expectations with such genre-busting efforts as French Kissing in the U.S.A., Rush Rush, Rain, and The Jam Was Moving. Debbie has also had a long running collaboration with the critically acclaimed American jazz group, The Jazz Passengers, stalwarts of New York's free-jazz scene. Her spectacular voice drips with a sophisticated elegance rarely heard in pop music and she continues to infuse her work with an exquisite artistic sensibility. With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide and acclaimed solo projects, Debbie has also engaged in a successful acting career with over 30 film and television roles to her credit (including Videodrome, Hairspray, and Heavy to name a few). She has become and still remains a true national treasure, one whose influence continues to impact the worlds of music, fashion and art. Debbie Harry will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us.
Chris Stein is co-founder, songwriter and guitarist of the iconic punk band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Blondie, whose most recent studio album, Pollinator, was named one of Rolling Stones 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017. Stein is also an acclaimed photographer whose eye for the perfect snapshot has given us some of the most indelible photos of the seminal people and places of New York Citys punk and new wave era. His coffee-table book, Negative Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk (Rizzoli), documents both the private and public moments of his remarkable life. It is also an intimate look at one of the most enduring creative partnerships in pop music: the collaboration between Debbie Harry and Stein, which has continued to enrich the magic of Blondie throughout the bands illustrious career.
Rob Roth is a multidisciplinary artist and director based in New York City. He works in a variety of media including theater, video, sculpture and performance. Roth received his BFA from Pratt Institute and has presented works at a variety of venues in New York as well as internationally. He has created works and collaborated with such music artists as Debbie Harry/Blondie, Lady Gaga, David Bowie and Rihanna, as well as performance artists, Narcissister, Julie Tolentino, Justin Vivian Bond (Kiki and Herb) among others. As an artist and believer in theater as ritual, Roth creates lyrical and mysterious works within a deconstructed narrative, including the site specific sound installation Night Paving on NYCs Highline. With a critical eye on culture, he presents deep and poetic forms of film, theater and sound, usually within a hybrid of each. Roth recently debuted his original multi layered performance piece SOUNDSTAGE at HERE Arts featuring actor Rebecca Hall which the New York Times described as deftly evokes the fleeting transition from wakefulness to dreaming. He also directed the politically charged music video Doom or Destiny by Blondie featuring Joan Jett which appeared on several Best of 2017 lists. Additionally Roth also just finished creative direction for Debbie Harrys long awaited memoir Face It. www.rob-roth.com
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