Blondie’s Debbie Harry: Adopted Child Cultural Legend

Hi, it’s Wachel Wiley-Coyote, numbers expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full MoonIt’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 DebThe show in which two contestants engage in a battle of wits, competing against the clock in games of lexical dexterity and numerical agilitybie 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.

Blondie
Cover of Blondie

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

Although Harry’s onstage behaviour and dress might have brought disapproval by some people, she had an exemplary long-term relationship with bandmate 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.

Deborah Harry
Cover of Deborah Harry

I wonder if the late-1970s men generation would like and love women as much today without Debbie Harry?

Enhanced by Zemanta
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s