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Picture This: Debbie Harry and Blondie with DVD Hardcover – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd.; Har/DVD edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860746004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860746000
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 10.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Coblio on May 25, 2004
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Debbie Harry is caught at the peak of her appeal by Brit photog Mick Rock in this portfolio of photographs ranging from 1976 to the present. The one session that yielded the most famous results was in late 1978 and features a long haired Debbie dressed in Steven Sprouse's single strapped mini's and op-art threads, against both red and blue backgrounds. From Penthouse magazine to Lester Bang's 1980 Blondie bio, to picture sleeves, magazine covers and posters, they went around the world and played a large part in establishing the iconography of Debbie Harry.

Of the five "vintage" photo sessions (excluding pix from two live shows in 1976 and 1978), two are Debbie solo (the aforementioned 1978 shoot and one a year later with short hair in 79), one is a candid at-home session with Debbie and Chris--again from 1979. The other two are full band sessions from '79. The full band sessions are a little weird. Debbbie looks too covered up in one, wearing a tweed jacket and leather cap with a mans' tie and vinyl pants. This is clearly from the "Eat to the Beat" era when she was downplaying her sexuality to prove that Blondie was a group. Lots of "whacky" outtake shots of the band goofing around here shed some light on the different personalities at work.

In the other full band session,Debbie appears almost hyper-feminine as the band poses amidst a pile of old transistor radios. Beautiful but homogenized into a very '70's look by the stylist, Debbie lacks her usual timelessness in these. It's as if someone has hammered the character out of her. Still, she is stunning, if not edgy, and this session enjoys the benefit of the highest quality reproduction in the whole book, boasting gorgeous color saturation and crystal clarity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "music-books" on May 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As the compiler of the book "Blondie, From Punk to the Present: A Pictorial History," I've viewed my share of photos and images of this band and its camera-friendly lead singer, Deborah Harry. The photographs in "Picture This" are striking and breathtakingly beautiful, and there's more textual commentary than I had anticipated (which is a plus). Mick Rock's Introduction is very insightful as he explains his craft, the realities of modern-day publishing, and the significance of Blondie and Deborah Harry all in one page, which is a feat in itself. And Deb's Foreword is a joy to read as she presents her perspective on being photographed and observations on Mr. Rock, including her appreciation that this photographer was "there for me."
The main text consists of an opening consideration of blondes and their universal appeal, beginning with Jean Harlow and later Marilyn Monroe having set the ultimate standard. And Deborah Harry certainly possesses that Monroe-like quality, according to the photographer. Mr. Rock then proceeds to relate his experiences in 1970s New York City which was characterized by a wide-open, almost wild West anything goes attitude, and places Blondie and Debbie in this larger context by relating the various photo shoots he conducted with her and the band in the late '70s.
And as if that wasn't enough, an added bonus is an accompanying DVD, "Picture This Behind the Scenes," which captures the photographer in action. The year 2000-"back to the future," as it were: "We can still do it, Deborah. Just like it was before," Mick Rock exclaims.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Eisenberger on May 24, 2004
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This is a book of classic rock photographer Mick Rock on this time his photos of God herself- Debbie Harry. It starts in the early part of Blondie's career- 1974 and goes up to 2003 with the main focus being 1978-1980 which were that main part of Debbie's career with Blondie the first time around. You get some never before shots and some that are famous. The cover of the Book was a shot taken for Bob Guccione's Viva but later was the cover of February 1980's Penthouse magazine. Awesome stuff. The newer pictures show Debbie looking as glamourous as ever. Check out the dvd- but be careful when taking the dvd out not to unglue the holder it comes with from the book. The dvd runs around 21 minutes and is basically an interview with Mick Rock about the pictures and some with the 2003 photo shoot with Debbie . Also fun to watch is the fact that Debbie curses on this dvd and when Mick curses all his stuff is bleeped out. A great book of photos and a fun dvd to go with it. A++++.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JB on August 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Deborah Harry was the first and Ultimate bleached blond bomb shell of rock music.She influenced every white female singer who later followed her steps, from Madonna to Gwen Stefani. Her beauty is legendary, and no Britney Spears and no Christina Aguilera have a chance competing with Harry's face.In addition to this, Debbie is an amazing song writer and singer.She was an American cultural icon from the late 70's and early 80's, having 5 number 1 hits in the US and 6 number ones in the UK.She was in her early 30's during the time of her success, so what? NICO, Tina Turner,Cher, Madonna were all over 30 while they peaked their careers!

This book is a pictural hommage to one of the most talented and beautiful artists that America has given to the world...
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