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15 Stunning Photos of “The Queen of Punk” Debbie Harry from 1977 to 1988

Ian Smith

The photographer, Brian Aris first met Debbie Harry in 1977, but at that time he didn’t have the slightest idea that she will become an iconic punk star, in fact,  after the shoot, he scrawled the phrase  “punk princess” in his diary.

In 1974, Harry joined The Stilettoes with Elda Gentile and Amanda Jones. Her eventual boyfriend and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein, joined the band shortly after.

After leaving The Stilettoes, Harry and Stein formed Angel and the Snake with Tish Bellomo and Snooky Bellomo. Shortly thereafter, Harry and Stein formed Blondie, naming it after the term of address men often called her when she bleached her hair blonde.Blondie quickly became regulars at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB in New York CityAfter a debut album in 1976, commercial success followed in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, first in Australia and Europe, then in the United States.

Brian Aris continued to work with Debby Harry and her band, but he no longer referred to her as “Punk Princes” because she was “The Queen of Punk.”

Below is the collection of 15 portraits of Debbie Harry taken by photographer Brian Aris from 1977 to 1988.

Debbie Harry in a New York Studio

Via © Brian Aris


Ian Smith

Ian Smith is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News