- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Picture This: Debbie Harry and Blondie with DVD Hardcover – April, 2004
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This book is a pictural hommage to one of the most talented and beautiful artists that America has given to the world...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just for your information this book is complete sheet music for the song Picture This. It's not a book of photos. Read morePublished on October 19, 2014 by Gemma Cheyne
Any Blondie fan will really appreciate this book, filled with rare photos. It's almost a coffee table book. Covers many years and very informative.Published on October 24, 2009 by Scoundrel NC
My sister loves it.
Mick Rock is one of our best photographers, Blondie one of the best bands. Add them together and you've got this book.
I was more than impressed when I first looked through this book. Included are countless pictures, all stunning and gorgeous, of Deborah Harry from her many photo sessions with Mick... Read morePublished on December 6, 2006 by Timothy T. Ward
Debbie Harry just isn't that big an icon in the United States, maybe outside NYC vintage punk and gay circles. Read morePublished on December 4, 2004 by Jon Stella
As the song says, Deborah Harry looks good in blue-or wearing about anything, or, as shown in other photo essays but not this one, nothing at all. Read morePublished on June 12, 2004 by Keith Carlsen