The Runaways, Cherie Currie, &

The Runaways, Cherie Currie, 'Racing Team'

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© Chris Stein
Boston, U.S.A. 1977
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

'Cherie Currie of the Runaways in Blondie’s RV, Boston, 1977. This shot of Cherie was taken hours after we first met. They had been performing at the Rathskeller in Boston. Blondie’s RV tour bus provided the backdrop. The girls in the Runaways (Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox, Joan Jett, and Sandy West) were all teenagers then. I remember being particularly taken with Joan Jett -Debbie and I went on to be close with her. The rock-and-roll establishment was firmly male-oriented at the time; Debbie and the Runaways were the first wave of female rockers to pave the road for the more equitable split we now have between male and female musicians. The rock media jumped all over the Runaways. Recently, I read a Runaways review in an old issue of what was, in the seventies, a big rock periodical. The irony was that the writer slammed them for all the things that people now find endearing, basically their youth and sexiness.' Chris Stein

'Oh yeah, I remember being a little kid using those little box cameras. I also had a magazine with a very evocative picture of a snowy street, and I looked at it all the time. I felt so drawn into this image even as a child. That was the photo where I first really felt that pull, that desire to capture things.' Chris Stein for Hunger

'Renowned as the co-founder and guitarist of the iconic new wave band Blondie, Chris Stein’s photography is as poignant and powerful as the songs he wrote. Documenting New York from the seventies to today, he’s lived through the streets and the streets live on through him: from the city’s early punk scene to the landmarks long lost, Stein has captured cultural moments like none other. Captivated by how photography can bottle up a memory forever, his work aimed to keep things as candid as possible, from his still-bandmate and former-partner Debbie Harry to strangers on the street, the result is raw images, people at their most honest.' Kitty Robson for Hunger.

Blondie co-founder, guitarist, producer, photographer and co-host of cult cable show TV Party, Chris Stein began shooting in 1968 and hasn’t put the camera down since. 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.

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