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

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You can read her Louder than War reviews at her author profile, and her archive music journalism on Substack. I also had a magazine with a very evocative picture of a snowy street, and I looked at it all the time. Stein’s photographs expands on the previously released peeks into Giger’s lavish, fabulously creepy home, built like an old abandoned grotto, centered around Giger’s horror paintings and statues, complete with dark corridors, and those eerie squeaky doors and stairs of a recluse’s hovel in a vine-covered corner where the artist acknowledged being scared by his own Alien creature while walking at night in the dark. After attending college, she worked various jobs—as a dancer, a Playboy Bunny and a secretary (including at the BBC in New York)—before her breakthrough in the music industry. She has become and still remains a true national treasure, one whose influence continues to impact the worlds of music, fashion and art.

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. After KooKoo , Blondie regrouped and recorded 1982’s The Hunter , which would be the last album of their initial run. R. Giger, acclaimed for his designs for Ridley Scott’s movie Alien in 1979, had superimposed needles on a portrait of Debbie’s face taken by photographer Brian Aris. 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.

Online since 2010 it is one of the fastest-growing and most respected music-related publications on the net.The poster is artistic,” snapped Debbie, “Giger was having acupuncture treatment when I asked him to design the poster.

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