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Debbie Harry is about to release her first memoir, and she doesn’t care if you like it or not

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Blondie singer Debbie Harry has announced the news of her first autobiography, Face It, and she’s ready to laugh off any bad reviews.  

2019 has already been a brilliant year for female writers, including Sally Rooney and Michelle Obama who won big at the British Book Awards

And we’re about to be treated to another much-anticipated memoir from one of the coolest people in the world: Debbie Harry.

A former Playboy Bunny in New York, Harry became a regular on the underground punk scene before forming new wave band Blondie with Chris Stein in 1974. They went on to release hits including Heart of Glass, Rapture, Call me and Atomic – which remain total bangers to this day.

But, over her 50-year career span, Harry never penned her memoirs… until now. The singer and actor has announced that she will be releasing her first autobiography Face It in October.

Harry has opened up before about how the world’s obsession with her striking looks made her decide to take down all the mirrors in her house. And, she’s provided some powerful feminist quotes over the years. But it sounds like this autobiography is going to be a fascinating deep dive into the life of the Queen of Punk.

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Blondie singer Debbie Harry has announced her first autobiography 

Speaking about the book’s release, Harry reiterated her cool credentials by telling people that she doesn’t give a hoot if it’s well received or not, and will use her sense of humour to laugh off any negative feeedback – which makes us want to read it even more.

“I didn’t want to [write it], but I did,” said Harry. “There are many more stories for me to tell, some funny, some scary, some warm, some chill to the bone, and if Face It appeals to people then I will get to telling more of the anecdotal bits of the story of Blondie – like the time I met Rita Hayworth and Penny Singleton backstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles … I have led a very full life and couldn’t possibly cover everything in just one volume.”

She added: “I’m prepared for the best and the worst comments, much like when I have released an album or done a big show. I don’t have a thick skin, but I do have a pretty good sense of humour.”

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Ed Faulkner of HarperNonFiction said: “It is the most immense privilege to be publishing Debbie Harry’s extraordinary memoir at HarperNonFiction. Hers is the voice of a generation, with resonance as powerful now as it was forty years ago, and Face It is the honest, powerful story of a true icon.”

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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