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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

"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

Blondie, SXSW 2014

Koury Angelo

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Harry was all smiles after the show, which featured songs like "A Rose By Any Name," from Blondie's new album Ghosts of the Download.

Blondie, SXSW 2014

Koury Angelo

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Stein said the band's new album shows his interest in new production technology and software often used by dance and EDM producers.

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