H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

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H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

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R. Giger, best known for his biomechanical creature and set design for seminal 1979 sci-fi-horror film Alien, encountered Debbie Harry, the punk icon and lead singer of globally successful new wave band Blondie, the results were sublime. A mini-train ride through the vines outside the house take visitors on a haunted house ride through birth, life, and death. R. Giger’s World, Giger didn’t leave his designs at his office, but lived in a home that was a museum of horror and fantasy, including every iteration of his dark visions in every medium from paintings to sculpture. Swiss artist HR Giger (1940-2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. It continues with photos of the studio, work-in-progress Polaroids by Giger and his crew, and Giger’s drawings.

The music videos are sim­ple, per­for­mance based, though the sun­ny, allur­ing Har­ry has dis­ap­peared and a pro­to-Goth being has tak­en her place. He offers a local’s view of the far-from-gentrified East Village neighborhood where he lived, and where the punk movement emerged.

in the US, with two spin-off singles Backfired and The Jam Was Moving hardly making tills tinkle on either side of the Atlantic. A new book, Giger: Debbie Harry Species – Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo , will document the early Eighties collaboration between the Blondie frontwoman and artist H. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk goddess to a bona fide international ambassador of New York cool, Debbie Harry will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. One of the most amazing painters of 20th century was Hans Rudolph Giger, who had a tremendous influence on computer game developers, he is also worshipped by fantasy lovers. Instead the com­mer­cial flatlin­ing of the album threw Har­ry off-track, while Giger went on to be the go-to album artist for met­al and punk bands, from the Dead Kennedys to Blood­bath.With is second book Point of View: Me, New York City and the Punk Scene (Rizzoli), Stein expands upon that highly praised collection, which offered a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Blondie and its milieu. However, Giger was a fan of jazz rather than pop music, so he didn’t know much about Blondie, Harry, or their sonic output. It’s all there on film: Warhol, Debbie Harry, the cast, the city – and its his documentary of the Big Apple throughout the 70s and 80s that remains just as looming a character in his photographic archive.

The stories behind the collaboration are really cool and it’s finely printed to capture the richness and subtle details of Giger/Stein’s compositions. It’s in that role that he has worked on this book, documenting the project to create an album cover and two videos in the studio of the famous Swiss artist.

One of my fave music acts is Debbie Harry/Blondie and I really love Debbie's solo album Koo Koo which Giger also was involved with visually, so this book was a must for me with a load of rare and previously unseen photos and background story of Debbie's look while making this great album. R. Giger, best known for his biomechanical creature and set design for seminal 1979 sci-fi-horror film Alien, encountered Debbie Harry, the punk icon and lead singer of globally successful New Wave band Blondie, the results were sublime. MORE BLONDIE: “Phil Spector Answered The Door With A Colt 45 In One Hand And A Bottle Of Wine In The Other…” Blondie Interviewed!

And he shares previously unpublished images of such iconic figures of the era as Debbie Harry, his musical partner in Blondie; Andy Warhol; Iggy Pop; David Bowie; and the Ramones. His “biomechanik” artwork, sculptures, and storage drawers are wall-to-wall, his book collection haphazardly stacked on shelves and in the bathtub, (real) skulls are tucked into nooks and crannies, a set of doors inside the modest front door is covered with paintings of his trademark human-alien hybrid characters, and an Academy Award is filed between dusty objects on another shelf. After attending college, she worked various jobs—as a dancer, a Playboy Bunny and a secretary (including at the BBC in New York)—before her breakthrough in the music industry. I also had a magazine with a very evocative picture of a snowy street, and I looked at it all the time. A beautiful coffee table signed limited edition art book chronicling the extraordinary collaboration between Debbie Harry and H.Stein documents, most often in evocative black and white, an urban landscape filled with detritus yet teeming with life, from the avenues of midtown to the boardwalks of Coney Island. You can read her Louder than War reviews at her author profile, and her archive music journalism on Substack. Outside of music, Debbie has also engaged in a successful acting career with over 30 film and television roles to her credit (including Videodrome, Hairspray, and Heavy to name a few).



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