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Long before fair haired bad girls Courtney Love and Madonna, there was the blond ambition of Deborah Harry. She became a mainstream star, but her punk sensibility, unapologetic sexuality, and esoteric artiness, not to mention her close friendship with Andy Warhol, made her name synonymous with New York City cool and the intersecting worlds of punk, rock, art, film, and fashion. Written with the singer’s full cooperation, and as uncensored as the woman herself, this is a vivid portrait of a vastly influential artist.
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Cathay Che is a contributing editor for TimeOut New York. She first met Deborah Harry on the set of the cult cable TV show Party Talk, which Che hosted from 1993 to 1996. She is currently an on-air correspondent for The Gossip Show and is based in New York.From Publishers Weekly:
A contributing editor at Time Out New York and frequent writer for pop culture rags such as Details and Interview, Che pays fun and frothy homage to multitalented pop icon Deborah Harry. Fans who have read Harry's own 1982 autobiography, Making Tracks, may not find much new grist here (unless you deem noteworthy the kudos of such contemporary hipsters as Shirley Manson, RuPaul and Theo Kogan of the Lunachicks). However, Che does mix her gushing about Harry's sex appeal, artistry, music and film career with some weighted analysis and original interviews--with Harry herself; members of Blondie, the band that brought Harry to the forefront in the late '70s; Blondie's unscrupulous ex-manager, Peter Leeds; and an eclectic cast of fans, friends and colleagues. Che also discusses the impact of Blondie's recent reunion, as well as some of Harry's lesser known feats, including her Broadway debut in Teaneck Tanzi: The Venus Flytrap, costarring the late comedian Andy Kaufman. Mostly, though, the book is a breezy, gossipy read. Those who aren't entrenched in pop culture might miss out on the copious references to New York fashion designers and scenesters (e.g., who is Ashley Heath, who notes, "That safety gear, knee-pad look she wore is just so Helmut Lang"?), but Che's lesson on Harry is loud and clear; as Fred Schneider of the band the B-52's says, "She's a goddess, in your face and in your ears." 16 pages of b&w photos. (May)
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