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Blondie: From Punk and New Wave to Rock and Pop and Films
Punk rockers just embrace other musical forms and carry on performing; at least that's the case with Blondie. Founded by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein in New York in the mid-1970s their musical influences embraced new wave and punk and gradually came to incorporate elements of pop, disco, rap and reggae. For the few years leading up to 1982, when they broke up, the band had a stream of hits including Denis, Hanging on the Telephone, Sunday Girl, Heart of Glass, Call Me and Atomic as well as six albums that included Blondie, Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat. Since their reformation in 1997 they have continued to tour and record music.
Blondiefest: One Way or Another (Image courtesy of ica.org.uk)
Blondiefest: One Way or Another is a celebration of the music and legacy of Debbie Harry and the band and a reminder that they are still making music after 35 years in the business. The three day exhibition recalls the contribution that Debbie has made both to the world of music and to film.
The event includes a discussion of her contributions to fashion and to music in the context of New York in the 1970s as well as Blondieoke: a sing-along to Debbie's songs. Also on the itinerary are screenings of the David Cronenberg film Videodrome, in which she plays a sadomasochistic psychiatrist, and Wigstock – The Movie, the film of the 1994 East Village drag festival.
Videodrome (Image courtesy of ica.org.uk)
If you are already finding yourself humming some of the songs mentioned above, a visit to the ICA will show you that Debbie and Blondie are more than a few hit singles from the 1970s.