Face It

Face It

eBook - 2019
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Harry recounts her path from glorious commercial success to heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy, and Blondie's breakup as a band to her multifaceted acting career in more than thirty films, a stunning solo career and the triumphant return of her band, and her tireless advocacy for the environment and LGBTQ rights.
Publisher: New York : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780063009578
0063009579
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (352 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
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Additional Contributors: Simmons, Sylvie
Roth, Rob

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IndyPL_ChaseM Jul 18, 2020

Toward the end of her autobiography, “Face It,” Debbie Harry laments about having never taken up journaling in her younger years because it probably would have made her book more interesting. I kind of felt the same thing.

Let’s “face it” – Debbie Harry by her very existence is an interesting person. Harry has been the front woman for the new wave band Blondie for over 40 years and has been an inspiration to many women in the rock industry. Her image is iconic. (A fun aspect of this book is that she includes drawings and portraits fans have made for her throughout her career.) My expectations for her personal story were pretty high, much like the tide, but I was holding on for a better narrative.
Debbie Harry’s lyrics have always blended genres of music with science fiction and fantasy elements, but here her writing style comes of plain and distant. Maybe her memories of her later and most recent years are stronger because those are the areas of her memoir where she seems to come alive.

I did enjoy reading this book despite how I may sound. Nonetheless, Debbie Harry revealed just enough of herself to hold on to her mystique, and maybe that’s what she was trying to accomplish.

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David_W_B
Mar 19, 2020

I was and remain a big fan of Debbie Harry's performances and career of songwriting, performing and recording with Blondie and as a solo artist under her own name later. A fan of her memoir I am not; seems to lack depth although would probably inform those that have not followed her life and career. Images of New York and her early years (before performing) and her adolescent pursuit of her interests are unabashed and interesting.

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NadiaHathor
Mar 12, 2020

This Memoir is geared for those who are very interested in the Music Business side of an Artist & Icon such as Debbie Harry. She covers comprehensively the origin story of Blondie, as well as her own childhood & upbringing. The myriad of photos that fans have sent to her over the years are included and they add a warm nostalgia. I found the layout of the book to be refreshing and inviting. Her Writing style is very conversational and from that trajectory, it meanders and jumps around a bit. Because I'm always more intrigued by an individual's depth and inner workings this was a little shallow for my taste. Nonetheless, I value Debbie's contribution to the advancement of Women in Music and her subversive lyrics and attitude. If you're a fan, you'll be entertained.

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pattyskypants
Dec 29, 2019

First of all, Debbie is a Jersey girl -- blunt, unadorned, jaded in many ways. Reading this was like sitting down and trying to have a conversation with her, but she rambles; that is not to say it is boring or unsatisfying. It just makes me want to know more. She describes her rape with three words! I tell you, I'd just finished reading Ani DiFranco's book, which simmers with the personal, so Debbie's book was like what are these two women from different planets? Ani is political, she's engaged; Debbie is almost not here. She's had many struggles but she's the kind of person who just picks up and gets it done. No discussion, no stopping to feel sorry for herself or complain about it; just keep going. I like it.

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lentils
Dec 23, 2019

She mentions she was using and probably addicted to heroin. No mention of getting clean. Are we to assume she is still addicted? :)

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redtayres
Dec 19, 2019

Don't quit your day job, Ms. Harry! This book was clearly not ghost written and though there are interesting tidbits sprinkled throughout, it hasn't much of a narrative arc to follow (my way of saying it is not a compelling read).

PimaLib_AmyK Dec 10, 2019

This is a rather biased review, as I’ve been a Blondie/Debbie Harry fan since I was a kid. I never knew much about her personally, so reading this was interesting. She writes about her life from birth (adopted at the age of six months) to the present day, and of course writes about the formation, break-up and reunion of her band Blondie. There are a lot of names dropped along the way: David Bowie, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Andy Warhol, Joan Jett, Jean Michel Basquiat, John Waters, etc. And when I say “dropped”, that’s what I mean. There’s not a lot of overly descriptive passages, or in some cases, emotion. (Her breakup with longtime partner and founding Blondie member Chris Stein is given about five sentences, I think, although she makes it clear throughout the book that they are still very much in each other’s lives.) There’s a “just the facts, ma’am” quality to the writing, which some might find disappointing, but kind of makes sense, because, you know, it’s Debbie Harry. One of my favorite parts of the book was the opening of a chapter that started with: “If you are a woman and you want to feel inadequate and anxious, then get yourself a copy of Vogue and start flipping through it. Works like a charm. It certainly worked that way for me.”
Another review I read expressed disappointment and frustration with the blasé attitude that Harry takes with the sexual harassment (and a couple of outright assaults) she experienced throughout her life. Knowing women who are the same age Harry is now (early 70’s), I think that, unfortunately, women back then just sort of took harassment for granted, and I think that’s the attitude Harry seems to have. On another note, a really fun part of the book is all of the fan art that’s included. Harry has apparently kept it all and it was cool to see it included in the book.

debwalker Sep 28, 2019

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NadiaHathor
Mar 12, 2020

"Getting older is hard on your looks. Like everybody else I have good days, bad days, and those "Shit, I hope nobody sees me today" days, where you look exactly the same from the outside but you see yourself through different eyes. One thing I have learned is that we are often our own worst enemy. I have never hidden the fact that I've had plastic surgery. I think it's the same as having a flu shot basically, another way of looking after yourself. If it makes you feel better and look better and work better, that's what it's all about, so you take advantage of the new possibilities that come into your life. I think I have finally figured out a way of understanding myself. Some days I'm happy with the way I look and sometimes I'm not, and it's always been that way. But I'm not blind and I'm not stupid: I take advantage of my looks and I use them." Chapter 14 - pg. 343

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