Chris Stein

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Chris Stein
January 5, 1950
Brooklyn, NY

Guitarist, songwriter, producer, photographer and ex-husband to the most beautiful girl in the world are some of Chris Stein's accomplishments. 

Debbie Harry garnered most of the attention, as the lead singer of Blondie, but Chris is credited with shaping the band's sound as songwriter. 

Stein grew up in Brooklyn, NY and received his first guitar at age 11. His teen years were full of angst and rebellion as he was caught up in the NY underground Glam scene. 

Stein and Debbie Harry formed Blondie and they soon became part of the burgeoning punk scene at CBGB's along with The Ramones, Talking Heads and many more.
Blondie has sold over 40 million records worldwide and they still tour regularly. 

"Parallel Lines " released in 1978 catapulted the band into mainstream success. Selling 20 million copies, with many hit songs, Blondie was no longer just a NY secret.  Many hit albums and songs followed. 

In the early 1980's Stein developed a rare skin disease. The band quietly broke up as Stein healed. 

Stein is also a talented photographer who has released 2 books of his works. Rare photos that document New York City during the Punk heydey of the 70's. Dirty NYC. The side of NY that hardly exists anymore due to gentrification and coporatization. 

Happy Birthday Chris Stein!
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