Chris stein point of view book
Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk by Chris SteinINDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards -- 2014 Finalist
On the occasion of Blondie’s fortieth anniversary, Chris Stein shares his iconic and mostly unpublished photographs of Debbie Harry and the cool creatures of the ’70s and ’80s New York rock scene. While a student at the School of Visual Arts, Chris Stein photographed the downtown New York scene of the early ’70s, where he met Deborah Harry and cofounded Blondie. Their blend of punk, dance, and hip-hop spawned a totally new sound, and Stein’s photographs helped establish Harry as an international fashion and music icon. 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.
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Blondie’s Chris Stein on his new punk photo book “Point of View”
A new collection of unseen photographs of New York City's s punk heyday, by one of the icons of the city's golden age of new wave, Blondie's Chris Stein. A new collection of unseen photographs of New York City's s punk heyday, by one of the icons of the city's golden age of music, Blondie's Chris Stein. For the duration of the s - from his days as a student at the School of Visual Arts through the foundation of the era-defining band Blondie and his subsequent reign as epicenter of punk's golden age - Chris Stein kept an unrivaled photographic record of the downtown New York City scene. Following in the footsteps of the successful book Negative, this spectacular new book presents a more personal and more visceral collection of Stein's photographs of the era. The images presented here take readers from self-portraits in his run-down East-Village apartment to candid photographs of pop-cultural icons of the time and evocative shots of New York City streetscapes in all their most longed-for romance and dereliction. An eclectic cast of cultural characters - from William Burroughs to Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol to Iggy Pop - appear here exactly as they were in the day, juxtaposed with children playing hopscotch on torn-down blocks, riding the graffiti-ridden subway, or cruising the burgeoning clubs of the Bowery.
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Heart of Glass. At the helm was magnetic punk icon, Harry, and right by her side was co-founder, bandmate and former partner, Chris Stein. Throughout the years, guitarist Stein — who was also an avid photographer — documented the meteoric rise of Blondie, in gorgeous candid shots. How did you and Debbie first meet? I went to the first ever Stilettos show in a bar on 24th street, a band we were both in early on in our careers. When did you first pick up a camera? What drew you to it?
Chris Stein has a great side-gig. By day, and sometimes night, he chronicles the changing streets of New York City with his ever-present camera. His new book, Point of View , has plenty of that, but also takes a deeper, more personal look at the history and evolution of the city he has always called home. We spoke with Stein over the telephone on topics ranging from the band to New York to the goat in the video for their hit, "Rapture. Chris Stein: I was always [messing] around with little toy cameras and Brownie cameras when I was a kid, but i was more into doing the music stuff. I started that when I was around 12, and I didn't start doing the photography till I was around
Stein spoke with me about his photographic record of the decade in this new book. You seem to have a real grasp on the ethos of each neighborhood in NYC in your photos. What drew you to photographing the city? You mention a great deal of change within the city over the years. Do you believe the music scene has transitioned as well? That seems like the biggest different for artists. People manage to do it, though.