Out today (October 1st) is the memoir by Blondie's Debbie Harry, titled Face It, via the Harper Collins imprint. The book, which was co-written by journalist Sylvie Simmons, documents Harry's early life and meteoric rise to fame fronting Blondie.
Harry said in the statement for the autobiography, “There are many more stories for me to tell; some funny, some scary, some warm, some chill to the bone. And if Face It appeals to people then I will get to telling more of the anecdotal bits of the story of Blondie — like the time I met Rita Hayworth and Penny Singleton backstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. . . I’m prepared for the best and the worst comments, much like when I have released an album or done a big show. I don’t have a thick skin, but I do have a pretty good sense of humor.”
Harry went on to say that the book will detail her past relationship with guitarist Chris Stein –– including how the couple dealt with his near-death battle against the disease pemphigus: “It’s such a long period of time, and there’s so much to tell, that I couldn’t really isolate a lot of little stories and events. It’s an overview of the way we got through and maintained and continued and carried on through all that time from my sort of warped little perspective.”
One of the stories that gets an airing in Debbie Harry's memoir is the night that she narrowly evaded the clutches of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy: “I was up late, and I was, y'know, trying to get cross-town to a party, and it was two, or three- o'clock in the morning and, y'know, I was sort of staggering around on, y'know, huge platforms — it was the early-'70s. And this little car kept coming around and offering me a ride, and I'm saying, 'No!' And finally, I took the ride because I couldn't get a cab. I got in the car, and the windows were all rolled up and it was summertime, and it was really hot. And this guy had an incredibly bad smell to him. He smelled really awful. And I looked over at the window, and the window was open about this much at the top, and I looked down at the door, 'cause I was gonna crank open the window; and there were no door handles and no cranks. And then I started scanning the inside of the car and there was absolutely nothing. The inside of the car was completely stripped.”
Harry recalled the moment when she realized that she was trapped and in grave danger: “The hair on the back of my neck just stood up and I just said, 'Uh-oh.' And I wiggled my arm out the window and I opened the door from the outside. I don't know how I did it. But I got out. I threw myself out into the street (and) almost got run over by a cab.”
For Debbie Harry's book store tour schedule, log on to: https://tour.blondie.net/