VH1: Behind the Music - Blondie [DVD]

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In the late 1970s, Blondie was the little band that could. Along with the Ramones, Television, and Patti Smith, Blondie was one of the groups that helped define New York's embryonic punk/new wave scene at the Bowery rock club CBGB, and their edgy but playful power-pop sound took them to the top of the charts with such hits as "Heart of Glass," "Dreaming," and "One Way or Another" -- and made Deborah Harry the new music's first sex symbol. But personal tensions within the band and a near-fatal illness for leader Chris Stein caused the band to split apart in 1982, until Harry and Stein decided to give Blondie another try in 1998. This documentary, produced for the VH1 series Behind the Music, examines the rise, fall, and resurrection of one of the defining bands of the new wave era, and includes interviews with members of the band, their friends and collaborators (including Joey Ramone), and rare film footage of the band onstage at CBGB prior to the release of their first album. ~ Mark Deming

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