Why Debbie Harry Truly Embodies The Punk Spirit

Female Singapore|October 2019

Why Debbie Harry Truly Embodies The Punk Spirit
The septuagenarian, (still) platinum-haired progenitor of Punk Chic Debbie Harry releases a memoir recounting her “very full” life as a cultural trailblazer this month. Music journalist Kevin ho reflects on how she truly embodies the punk spirit.

Before the Pussy Riots, Robyns and M.I.A.s of our generation, one feisty phenom was already turning the music industry on its head, showing an insular milieu that she could rock even harder than the boys. At 74 today, her raw legacy radiates with inimitable bravura and badassery – ingredients that have concocted a real Molotov of a career. As a punk legend, Debbie Harry is definitely one hard act to follow.

To be an icon is to be celebrated and remembered. Of course, most would already know her as the charismatic frontwoman of era-defining band Blondie. I prefer, however, to see Harry as something more. A fighter. A rebel who faces adversity in the maelstrom of life. This, in my opinion, is what makes her partly self-penned autobiography Face It – published by Dey Street Books, the pop culture arm of Harpercollins, and out Oct 1 – even more compelling and pertinent.

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October 2019