Debbie Harry Talks to Interview Magazine

Debbie Harry Talks to Interview Magazine

Few performers of the 70ts have the style, influence, panache and charisma tot be really called a superstar. But Debbie Harry is one of those superstars. From the breaktrough album of Blondie ‘Parallel through the comeback in the 90th and her solo career as an actress. Debby Harry is at 68 still a role-model for up-and-comers such as Sky Ferreira or Lady Gaga. Debbie Harry is an indisputable pop icon, not diva-like but self-aware, funny and genuine

This year is the 40th anniversary of Blondie, which is somehow in contradiction to all of us who thought of the band as the new thing in the ’70s, The replacement for all that was worn out. In honor of the anniversary, the band is releasing a double album later this spring called Blondie 4(0) Ever; it is both retrospective (including some of their best-known tracks) and forward-looking with a bunch of new songs. A rare thing, for a group that has been recording for four decades, but Blondie is still innovating  with their new songs and consisting with their greatest compositions.

MUSICIANS STILL KEEP MAKING MUSIC AND STILL KEEP PLAYING. I FEEL THAT MY PERSPECTIVE NOW IS BETTER. I FEEL LIKE I’M MORE IN CONTROL OF MY VOCALS.

In the past Blondie is called: garage, pop, hip-hop, dance, reggae, the new Blondie songs indicate that Harry and co-founder Chris Stein along with their many collaborators have never stopped looking for new sounds and new ways of thinking.. The latest songs include scraps of house, mariachi, reggaeton, dubstep, and, as Harry notes Turkish music, without ever leaving behind the funny, highly melodic songs that we know so well from the band.  Harry’s voice is still seductive, cool, playful and has never been better. This interview for interview magazine took place on the phone in late January, and Debbie, at her home in New Jersey was funny, engaging, unpretentious, wise, and smart.

For the full Interview with living legend Debbie Harry go to Interviewmagazine.com

Photography GREGORY HARRIS
Stylist ELIN SVAHN

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