Blondie fans slammed the dry questions and boring answers given by Debbie and Chris Stein at the event
Debbie Harry’s appearance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival proved to be a disaster for all the loyal fans who had queued up to see her.(Mirror)
Yet Debbie Harry continued to put on a defiant display after fans walked out during her interview, at the Markus Lanz Late Night Show in Hamburg on Tuesday.This wasn’t the first time Debbie stepped out following the awkward chat, as she returned to the stage undeterred to be interviewed once again by Rob Roth on Monday night.
One ticketholder on Twitter called it ‘unstructured, uninformative and not very entertaining’, adding: ‘Very disappointing, embarrassing lack of preparation and poor delivery.
Many ended up walking out after her interview with Blondie co-founder and former partner Chris Stein and artist and director Rob Roth was branded a “disgrace”.They slammed the dry questions and boring answers given by Debbie and Chris.
The audience were baffled by Roth’s cringe jokes and wondered why he was reading out Facebook comments from fans who were watching at home.
Many said his questions were too long and he didn’t let the stars speak.
In her newly published memoir, “Face It,” Harry reflects on her role in demanding a seat at the punk-rock table for uncompromising women.(Source EU.azcentral)
“I was playing up the idea of being a very feminine woman while fronting a male rock band in a highly macho game,” she writes. “I was saying things in the songs that female singers really didn’t say back then. I wasn’t submissive or begging him to come back. … My Blondie character was an inflatable doll but with a dark, provocative, aggressive side.”
I guess I’m more of a private person than I thought,” she says. “It sort of made me a little bit antsy at first. I don’t think that I’ve ever really circulated a lot about my private life. It’s not as though I try to get myself in People magazine. I’m not that kind of performer. But once I got into the process, actually, it grew on me.”
Becoming a more extroverted version of herself on stage took practice, Harry says.
writes Harry. “Their connection in New York had suddenly died and they were out. A friend had given me a gram, but I had barely touched it. I didn’t care for coke too much — it made me jittery and wired and it affected my throat.
“So I went upstairs with my vast quantity of cocaine and they just sucked it right up in one swoop. After they did the blow, David pulled out his cock — as if I were the official cock checker or something.
“Since I was in an all-male band, maybe they figured I really was the cock-check lady. David’s size was notorious, and he loved to pull it out with both men and women. It was so funny, adorable and sexy.”
“I wanted to entertain people. I never thought stories about my personal foibles and eccentricities were that entertaining. But in doing a book, I guess it becomes more important. It’s a much more personal approach. And I don’t think that it’s as exploitative as putting a story in a gossip column. I’m not trying to gain anybody’s pity or love or hatred.”
Looking at her childhood, adoption
Debbie is definitely come up with the goods in “Face It,” which starts with a very emotional chapter processing her adoption as a child and how that may have shaped her.
“I sort of started the process before I was intending to do a book,” she says. “So I don’t know. A lot of the adopted people I’ve talked to, we all sort of have the same questions. And I think that adoption in today’s world is handled better. Adoptive kids are entitled to know where they came from, who the people are, so on and so forth. When it’s held back and kept mysterious, it keeps you a little bit off balance, you know? So it was always something that I was intensely curious about. And I was very happy to get it over with. That’s why I put it in the book.”