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Blondie legend Debbie Harry is set to release her first memoir, FACE IT, on 1st October via Harper Collins.

Tracing the musician’s life back to the iconic downtown scene of 1970s New York City, we’re taken to Max’s Kansas City and CBGB, where Blondie first made a name for themselves alongside the likes of The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Detailing the band’s subsequent rise to fame, the book mixes essays penned by Harry with interviews conducted by journalist Sylvie Simmons.

“I didn’t want to, but I did,” says Harry. “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.

This book is biographical and covers a lot of years. I know there will be questions asked because in putting this together, I realized I have led a very full life and couldn’t possibly cover everything in just one volume. 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.”

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Having formed Blondie with guitarist Chris Stein in 1974, the band went on to release eleven albums, while Harry has released five solo albums, collaborated with the likes of Nick Cave, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Marina Abramovic and also starred in over 30 films.