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A Conversation with Debbie Harry + Chris Stein

Thursday, June 27, 2024 7:00 pm

Event hosted by: SVA Theatre

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Chris Stein, the legendary co-founder, songwriter, and guitarist of Blondie, along with longtime partner Debbie Harry, will come together for a one-night “In Conversation” event at Stein’s alma mater, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated memoir, Under A Rock (out June 11th via St. Martin’s Press). Moderated by Blondie’s creative director, Rob Roth, the event will delve into Stein’s creative journey and influential career, shedding light on his artistic evolution, musical innovations, and the indelible mark he has left on the cultural landscape.

Under A Rock is a raw, unfiltered, and personal memoir offering a revelatory look back at the man behind Blondie. Known for hits like “Heart of Glass,” “Rapture,” “Call Me,” and “One Way or Another,” Stein, with Blondie, provided the soundtrack to the 1970s, which set the stage for their ultimate induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles Stein’s entire life, from his Brooklyn boyhood to his transformative years in the East Village during the late 1970 – an era, marked by the explosive creativity of figures like David Bowie, the Ramones, and Andy Warhol – and his continued dynamic presence through today. With two color photo inserts, this memoir offers a vivid, comprehensive look at Stein’s life, providing insights into his early influences, his rise with Blondie, and his continuous impact on music and art.

Developing his visual acuity as a student at the School of Visual Arts, Chris documented the band’s early days and the vibrant New York punk and new wave scene. The event at SVA on June 27th will celebrate Under A Rock by diving into Stein’s evolution; exploring his personal growth and experiences throughout the decades through a colorful conversation between Stein and Debbie Harry, moderated by Rob Roth, alongside a multimedia presentation of images from Stein’s life.

Signed copies of Stein’s book will be available for purchase at the Theatre.  He will not be doing a live book signing.

Ticket Information

Tickets are only available through Eventbrite here and will not be on sale at SVA Theatre in advance of the event or at the door. They must be purchased through this website or via the Eventbrite app.

Doors will open at approximately 6:00PM. Theatre seating is general admission.

Your Eventbrite ticket — either printed or displayed on your smartphone — is required for entrance.

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All tickets are final sale. There are no refunds or exchanges.

If you would like to attend this event, but require assistive devices and/or accommodations, please email [email protected] or call 212-592-2980 at least one week prior.

Concessions Information

Concessions are not available for purchase at SVA Theatre. Guests are welcome to bring non-alcoholic beverages. Food, glass bottles, and alcohol are not permitted.

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