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Blondie 4(0) Ever: Photographs by Chris Stein

Debbie Harry by Chris Stein
Debbie Harry by Chris Stein

Songwriter/Guitarist/Photographer and Blondie co-founder Chris Stein celebrates 40 years of Blondie with an exhibition of iconic photographs. The exhibition, Blondie 4(0) Ever, presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, will take place at Dream Downtown hotel located at 355 W 16th St, New York. The show opens Friday, May 9, 2014, from 8:00 – 11:00 PM with Chris Stein in attendance. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rational Animal, a 501c3 non-profit based in New York City dedicated to helping at-risk animals. RSVP is required for this event. Click here to request more information. The exhibit will be open to the public Saturday, May 10, 2014 through July 15, 2014.

Stein began taking photographs in 1968 while at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1973, he met and began working with Debbie Harry, and together they founded Blondie. During the 1970s, he documented the emerging  punk and new wave scene, capturing defining images of many of its pioneering musicians.

Debbie Harry by Chris Stein
Debbie Harry by Chris Stein

Later this year Chris Stein will be publishing Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk.  According to the publisher:

In photos and stories direct from Stein, brilliant writer of hits like “Rapture” and “Heart of Glass,” this book provides a fascinating snapshot of the period before and during Blondie’s huge rise, by someone who was part of and who helped to shape the early punk music scene—at CBGB, Andy Warhol’s Factory, and early Bowery. Stars such as David Bowie, the Ramones, Joan Jett, and Iggy Pop were part of Stein’s world, as were fascinating downtown characters like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Hell, Stephen Sprouse, Anya Phillips, Divine, and many others. As captured by one of its greatest artists and instigators, and designed by Shepard Fairey, this book is a must-have celebration of the new-wave and punk scene, whose influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago.

In the video below Stein talks about his photographs during a previous exhibition.

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