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To celebrate Blondie’s 40th anniversary, London’s Somerset House is showcasing a series of iconic and previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of the band, providing a behind the scenes look on life in the popular band. Get a taste of the exhibition with these photos.
The exhibition, ‘Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk´, takes place at Somerset House in London from 5 November until 25 January 2015.
A book of the same name by Chris Stein is available nationwide. (Rizzoli £35)
Blondie and other icons of the 70s and 80s new wave world, including Andy Warhol, David Bowie and The Ramones, are captured intimately and inimitably by Stein.
Featuring over 50 images, the exhibition is a snapshot of the punk scene that Blondie pioneered and shows how their influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago.
Stein captured enduring places such as Mudd Clubb, CBGBs, Andy Warhol's Factory, parties by the pool in the early morning hours at the now defunct Beverly Hills Hotel, the early gritty East Village and their Bowery hellhole.
The exhibition coincides with the release of the book by the same name, published by Rizzoli (£35). Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk, by Chris Stein with contributions from Deborah Harry and Glenn O’Brien
Chris Stein and Debbie Harry arrive at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in November 2014