Blondie: Now and Then, Then and Now

Now and then, then and now Deborah Harry and Chris Stein reminisce as the band turns 40 with both a new album and book of photography.

Deborah Harry stands in the middle of a room in New York's Hotel Chelsea, and absorbs the dilapidated surroundings. "I was here for a party once," says Harry, 68. It's a fitting locale to talk about how the band is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new album, "Blondie 4(0) Ever," which includes a disc of new tunes, "Ghosts of Download," and a second, "Greatest Hits: Deluxe Redux," of the band's hits remixed and rerecorded. Rizzoli also will publish a book of guitarist Chris Stein's photographs, "Chris Stein/Negative," in October. "We wanted to bring the old songs technically up to date, and we thought this was the best way to acknowledge the anniversary," says Harry. The new songs mark the band's 10th studio album, and Harry says she hopes that she and Stein, 64 - though no longer romantically involved - will continue making music together "for years to come." Stein agrees, adding with a laugh: "Looking back, I'm amazed we've done as much as we have."

-Claire Connors


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