The Heartbreakers, &

The Heartbreakers, 'Backstage at CBGB'

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© Chris Stein
New York, U.S.A. 1975
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

Formed in 1975, The Heartbreakers, were an American Punk Rock band spearheading the first wave of punk rock. ‘Backstage at CB’s was really just the former kitchen area, which had been the scene of a grease fire, and sections of the ceiling were still burnt. The remains of the kitchen were grotesque and we would joke about ancient hamburgers having been fossilised there.’ 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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