via press release:
New Episode Of Award-Winning Television Series – Guitar Center Sessions On DIRECTV Features The Incomparable Blondie On August 27th
Blondie perform and discuss $20 NYC apartments, subliminal messages in “Tide Is High” and how rock & roll is the new jazz with host and esteemed musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt
Westlake Village, CA -August 23, 2011- Guitar Center (http://www.guitarcenter.com), the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, and DIRECTV, the world’s most popular video service, feature the forever in vogue Blondie in the next episode of the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions this Saturday, August 27th. Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt. The episode premieres Saturday, August 27th at 10pm ET/PT in 2D hi-definition on DIRECTV’S Audience Network (channel 239) and in 3D on DIRECTV’S n3D powered by Panasonic.
An exclusive clip of Blondie’s performance of “Mother” from the episode can be seen at http://guitarcenter.com/sessions/.
Over the course of nearly four decades, Blondie have melded downtown NYC cool with dashes of punk, rap, reggae and pop, covering it all in an irresistible glisten that is musical candy to listeners ears. In the episode, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke talk to host Nic Harcourt about their entire storied career, including: how $20-a-month apartments in NYC during the ’70’s aided young artists creativity, how CBGB’s was an actors workshop for musicians, seeing photos of Abbott and Costello with drag queens at their favorite tranny bar, the subliminal message in “Tide Is High,” Stein’s love of Katy Perry and Taio Cruz, and wishing Lester Bangs had “lived long enough to have Britney Spears rubbed in his face.”
“Blondie came out of the downtown NYC punk scene and literally burst into the public consciousness,” says Harcourt. “They’re one of the most iconic bands in the history of rock & roll, and it’s riveting to hear them talk about how they got there. Not every artist goes on to be an icon, but their journey, especially at a time outside of the current music business machine, is one we want to capture on Guitar Center Sessions.”
During the episode, the band play songs from all stages of their career. Timeless hits “Heart of Glass” and “One Way Or Another” mix with new tracks like “Mother,” from the band’s new album Panic of Girls out September 13th, 2011. Inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, with more than 40 million albums sold globally, Blondie confirm that they’re still able to inspire fans to this day.
Continuing its commitment to inspiring musicians, each episode of Guitar Center Sessions is filmed live in front of a studio audience in the world famous Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room. The show gives real music fans a rare peak inside the minds of their idols, with Harcourt’s thoughtful, conversational questions drawing out new and intimate details from their storied careers. Audiences hear first-hand accounts from each artist about their personal and musical journeys and the influences that molded them into the icons they have become.
Recent episodes have featured Sum 41, Peter Frampton, Bad Religion, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Saint Motel, and Social Distortion.
After its series debut, featuring episodes with artists including Peter Gabriel, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, CAKE and Jakob Dylan, Guitar Center Sessions was the recipient of the International 3D Society’s award for Best Music Television Series in 2010.
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