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Blondie in the Flesh: A Day in the Life at SXSW

Go behind the scenes with Debbie Harry and Co. in Austin
Blondie, SXSW 2014
Koury Angelo

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"I always quote Ringo Starr, that if it wasn't for this I'd probably be a hairdresser." That's Blondie drummer Clem Burke's canny answer to what his life's work would've been if the chart-topping New Wave band he started with Chris Stein and Debbie Harry hadn't taken off. It did, which means Burke wields drumsticks instead of a blow dryer and that Blondie remains a relevant force celebrating 40 years together (a Smithsonian doc about the band's anniversary airs March 21st). Part of that celebration included an invite to Austin, Texas, for SXSW, where the band played Rachael Ray's annual Feedback party. We tagged along while Blondie wowed the crowd and showed the festival's many younger bands how it's done. By Chad Swiatecki

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