A Fireside Book / Simon and Schuster, June 1980. Soft Cover. Used - Very Good. Item #233958
Quarto (8&1/4 inches x 11 inches). Bright, clean, sound with mild rubbing, light shelfwear. Excellent collector's copy. Complete number line: '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10'. If memory serves -- does it ever, really? -- Blondie was the only book published by Lester Bangs during his short, reckless life. Written for a payday. Blondie was a quickie. It was not serious in conception or execution, and yet it stands times passage as lovely rollicking pop rock bravado, much like Blondie, or Bangs when he was in the mood for fun. When he was not, Lester Bangs (1948 - 1982) was the greatest rock music critic the world has ever known. He was one of the founding fathers of so called gonzo journalism. None of which shows on the 95 pages of words and photos herein. The words are trashy payola product, barely recognizable as Lester's normally overwrought postadolescent nonsense. As thin as it is Blondie by Lester Bangs has aged well, and grows a bit fatter with every reread. And all men must reread. The true wealth within this glossy bit of pop propaganda is found in the photos, and there are so many photos and so many photographers, their contribution is difficult to overstate. Two dozen plus and still counting photographers. The amazing photo contributions include larger than life names, Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, and Marcia Resnick. The glamour girl cover shot of Debbie Harry could not be anyone other than Mick Rock. Annie Leibovitz's back cover red & black picture of Blondie is precusor for The White Stripes color scheme style as De Stijl was ancestor for them both.