Chapter Six: Phil Spector and Debbie Harry

Blondie frontwoman and siren of the ‘70s NYC punk scene, Debbie Harry talks about making the jump from the Big Apple to the City of Angels, with stops at The Whisky, KROQ, American Bandstand, and, of course, Phil Spector’s mansion. Her story is also The Ramones’ story, and both the beauty and the beasts share the good, the bad, and the downright weird in their tales of working with pop music’s most reclusive and abusive record producer.


Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector, by Mick Brown

He’s a Rebel: Phil Spector: Rock ‘n Roll’s Legendary Producer, by Mark Ribowsky

Life, by Keith Richards and James Fox

Phil Spector: Wall of Pain, by Dave Thompson

Making Tracks: The Rise of Blondie, by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein

Blondie: Parallel Lives by Dick Porter and Kris Needs

Face It: A Memoir, by Debbie Harry

Hey Ho Let’s Go: The Story of the Ramones, by Everett True

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever, by Will Hermes

Face It by Debbie Harry Review - rock ‘n roll stories to burn (The Guardian)

Blondie appearances website

The 10 Most Legendary Whisky a Go Go Shows (LA Weekly)

Debbie Harry says her riotous, raunchy rise to stardom was ‘like sex -- but nothing was better than heroin’ (The Sun UK)

Emil Farkas: Double Trouble (LA Business Journal)

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