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Chris Stein/Negative Playground: Growing Up On The New York Underground

Two new books featuring Blondie are now available for pre-order.

On the occasion of Blondie’s fortieth anniversary, Chris Stein shares his iconic and mostly unpublished photographs of Debbie Harry and the cool creatures of the ’70s and ’80s New York rock scene in "Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk”.

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.

Meanwhile, Paul Zone is publishing his photo memoir “Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground”. All fans of Blondie are all going to want a copy of this. Debbie and Chris wrote the forward, and it has lots of never before seen photos of the New York underground scene.

Fans of punk rock and New Wave music will be impressed by this collection of never-before-seen images.

The first-time release of this private photo collection, Zone's photo memoir will give new insight into what some might see as a saturated field, proving that underground rock royalty will never grow old.

This book is the chronicle of a 14-year-old boy through his teens; so he was invisible to the people he was photographing, giving him an extra boost in terms of taking candid photographs.

Fans of Blondie will flock to this insider's guide to the era.

Inspirational volume of D.I.Y. style that appeals to youth and adults around the world, even more culturally relevant in the face of an ever-changing New York.

Preview or pre-orderChris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk at Amazon

Preview or pre-orderPlayground: Growing Up in the New York Underground at Amazon