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It was 40 Years Ago Today: The Story Of Blondie's Parallel Lines

Steve Pafford, 'The MOJO Collection' (Canongate), 2000

DESPITE BEING the last act out of the original New York punk scene to be offered a record deal, the blond ambition of ex-Playboy Bunny girl Debbie Harry and her mop-topped male colleagues paid off when Parallel Lines became such a critical and commercial success that, by early 1979, Blondie had apparently become the biggest band on the planet.

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