Punk has many definitions but when it comes to music, it is more akin to “a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s.” Politically, it is associated with anarchy; a rebellion against the establishment. So I’m not sure I would describe Debbie Harry or her music with her band, Blondie, as punk. Unless I’m missing something?
For example, the 1979 hit Heart of Glass seems to be more akin to a disco/pop track emerging from a nightclub in New York, as part of the American New Wave music scene.
Not to mention that in Rapture, Debbie Harry starts to rap halfway through this 1981 hit which sounds more like hip hop or should I say hip pop.
But when you look at Debbie Harry’s style and make-up from the 70s and 80s, you could see how she would fit in with the King’s Road punk scene. Her edgy yet sultry look defined Debbie Harry as an icon of her time. And Brian Aris’s collection of photographs for Proud Chelsea’s latest exhibition manages to show us exactly why.
Until 17th February 2013, Proud Chelsea will be exhibiting stills from Aris’s personal archive that include shots from the video shoot of “Island of Lost Souls” on the Scilly Isles as well as sittings in London and New York. These photographs have never been seen before and they are stunning.
Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Rd, London, Greater London SW3 5XP