(New York, NY – September 4, 2014) – As Blondie’s 40th Anniversary year rolls on, September 23rd will mark the release of an incredible book of photography and anecdotes by Blondie co-founder, guitarist, songwriter, and acclaimed photographer, Chris Stein. Titled “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk,” the book (published by Rizzoli) not only offers a revealing look back at one of the most influential bands of our time but also provides a look at the larger historical and global context of the music scene that they pioneered. From Blondie’s early days, to their world travels and rise to global fame, to their legendary musical counterparts, it was all captured intimately and inimitably through the insider lens of Chris Stein. Click here to pre-order the book via Amazon, or click here to pre-order the book via Barnes & Noble.
The beautifully rendered new coffee-table book features both well-known iconic shots, as well as many rare, early, and never-before-published photographs of his life backstage, off stage, on the road and at home. Early live performances, private moments on tour, and Stein’s personal favorites are showcased here, including his friendships and interactions with some of music and art’s most seminal figures including The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Joan Jett and many more. Filled with anecdotes and memories direct from Stein, and contributions from Debbie Harry and Glenn O’Brien, “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk” is a visual feast for Blondie fans and a pop music history lesson. The book also powerfully captures the special relationship between Chris and Debbie Harry and is a paean to one of the most enduring creative partnerships in pop music.