I just finished reading Chris Stein/Negative – Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk by Chris Stein, the co-founder of Blondie and writer of hits like “Heart of Glass” and “Rapture.”
It’s a great coffee table photo book featuring photos that Chris shot during the early days of Blondie and the New York scene in the late 70s and early 80s, along with Chris’ narrative. He attended the New York School of Visual Arts so he knows his way around a camera. And the folks he was hanging out with back then are a veritable Who’s Who of that era: The Ramones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, Johnny Thunders, Joan Jett…
(The polka dots on this dress were originally all white – they used a magic marker to make some of them red)
Some photos also capture a much grittier NYC than exists today
If you’re a fan of the music and artists of that era, you’ll love the behind the scenes look. Even if you’re not a fan, you’ll still appreciate the artistry.