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

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The artwork for Harry's 1981 debut solo KooKoo album cover was deemed so frightening it was originally banned on the London Underground.

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. Via a Chyrsalis press release Giger declared that the cover meant whatever the viewer wanted it to mean.

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. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. His star was a newly brunette Harry re-imagined as a cross between a Xenomorphic Giger monstrosity, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the legendary borg creation of Metropolis. While Deb­bie Har­ry pur­sued the act­ing she had start­ed in punk rock film­mak­er Amos Poe’s works, she also went the solo album route.

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. The result was a very unusual effigy of Debbie – without her characteristic, disheveled blond hairstyle, thanks to which the viewer concentrates on her face. 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.Nile Rodgers, raised in New York’s Greenwich Village, was once a member of New World Rising, one of the first bands to play Max’s Kansas City, the New York club that had kick-started The Stilletos, a band that had included Chris Stein and Debbie Harry.

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. As Harry’s then-boyfriend, partner, and long-term collaborator, his insight is perfect for such an unusual chronicle (Harry and others provide recollections in the book, also). To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Like the rest of the world since, Stein was taken with Harry’s charisma, her spirit and – of course – her style. Harry’s trademark blonde hair is turned black, denoting the dark aesthetic turn of their concept, and she is dressed in a half-human, half-machine bodysuit.The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. By 1964 he was producing his first artworks, mostly ink drawings and oil paintings, resulting in his first solo exhibition in 1966, followed by the publication and world-wide distribution of his first poster edition in 1969. 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. 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.

Later this summer, the band will put out a box set that covers their history, from the band’s origins to the release of The Hunter . 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.Contact us to book a viewing at our space in central London, to add any of our fine art prints to your collection or for advisory services. 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. As a vibrant global force and a shaper of pop culture, Debbie’s chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame for Blondie in 2006. The artwork for Harry’s 1981 debut solo KooKoo album cover was deemed so frightening it was originally banned on the London Underground.

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