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February 17, 2023

Debbie Harry of Blondie Performing at The Roundhouse in London in March 1978

Blondie were on their first European tour playing at The Roundhouse, London on March 5, 1978. The supporting act were The Boyfriends, an indie four-piece musical group from London. Photographer Philip Grey captured some of amazing photographs of Debbie Harry during the show.

“I had just bought my first camera, a hulking 6×6 Mamayaflex, hardly something concealed under a jacket and certainly not ideal for performance photography,” he recalled . “Undaunted, I got myself to the front, I think I was actually leaning against the stage, and took a few practice shots of the support act. When Blondie exploded on stage, all hell broke loose and trying to hold the camera steady, while all around me was going crazy, was quite a challenge...”

“Most of the images from that gig are all about the energy of the band, but it’s the contrasting tranquillity of this shot of Debbie Harry, sat on the floor that makes this one of my favorites, not just of Blondie, but of all the gigs I’ve ever shot.”

Philip Grey has had a life-long love of music and photography. As a freelance photographer he has had the opportunity of combining these passions, capturing live performances of some of the most iconic musicians of the last forty years. Starting with Blondie, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Iggy Pop, The Clash, Suicide and The Pretenders, and more recently Nile Rogers, Daughter and Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. He is currently Senior Lecturer in photography at Regent’s University, London.

(Photos by © Philip Grey)


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