Hi, it’s Wachel Wiley-Coyote, numbers expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon. It’s women and feminism week at the Greenygrey, and I think there’s few better examples of female role models who’ve struggled through juvenile adversity to legendary status than Debbie Harry of Blondie.
I think I can relate a little to Debbie Harry after my human parallel Rachel Riley was criticised for her short skirts early in her Countdown career.
Tough Childhood to Blondie Success
Debbie Harry was adopted. After graduating college with an Arts degree she struggled through her early singing career with jobs ranging from a BBC Radio secretary to a Playboy Bunny.
After singing in a few bands she found success with Blondie, fronting a band completed with four male musicians. Debbie was of course considered the leader and main focal point of the band.
Harry mixed a cool singing persona with punk fashion and dancing to capture the attention and admiration of both men and women.
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
This included Blondie taking a break for an extended period of time at the height of their success as Harry cared for Stein when he began suffering from the blistering autoimmune disease pemphigus.
Blondie Continue to Rock n’ Roll
Blondie never regained their late 1970s heyday, but have continued to record and tour, and have had several successful records in recent years.
Debbie Harry continues to be an icon for the late 1970s generation, symbolising that time of exciting punk and new wave musical acts. And now she is an example of leading a good and successful life after overcoming early adversity.
I wonder if the late-1970s men generation would like and love women as much today without Debbie Harry?