Bravo 14 May 1980 (Debbie Harry)

800514 Bravo cover (Debbie Harry)

Blondie singer Debbie Harry on the cover of Bravo of 14 May 1980. This week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Debbie Harry: Is she Marilyn Monroe’s daughter (hint: no)
• The crazy live show of Kiss
• The new(ish) crew of Star Trek
• Meet actor Matt Dillon
• How to get a moped licence
• F1: Everybody “hunts” champion Jody Scheckter
• How a girl wants to be conquered
• Sammy Hagar: His dad forced him to box
• The Pill: Yes or No? Girls on their experiences
• How singer-actor Volker Lechtenbrink started his career

Bravo 20 Sept 1979 (Debbie Harry)

790920 Bravo cover (Debbie Harry)

Blondie singer Debbie Harry features on the cover of Bravo of 20 September 1979. This week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Blondie in concert (see below)
• The truth about AC/DC (well, the facts)
• Bravo visits “punk king” Johnny Rotten in London
• Why Kate Jackson is leaving Charlie’s Angels
• Peter Maffay profile: “Hungry for life”
• Bob Geldof: The Boomtown Rats’ big mouth
• The Damned: “Nobody likes us”
• The greatest film couples
• Reader Brigitte Rein in London with Smokie
• The “new” Shaun Cassidy
• Why Uriah Heep fired John Lawton over his German wife
• Profile on Hair actor Treat Williams

And here’s the Blondie story: they drove down LA in a tank, it says here…
790920 Blondie story

Blondie 1977


Blondie’s Debbie Harry on a single-page poster in Bravo of 22 December 1977. Blondie were coming to Germany for the first time to promote their debut singe “X-Offender”. I was 121 when I bought it; I don’t think I’d ever been turned on more before than by Debbie’s spoken intro; even if I couldn’t quite understand what she was saying.

Here’s the report that went with the poster:


Blondie article 1980


A report about Blondie — “How Debbie steals the show from her boys” — in Bravo of 5 December 1980. It reports on the new LP which shows different influences, Debbie Harry’s film Union City, how the band likes to record in LAS but must be in New York for musical growth, and Debbie’s work managing and producing The B-Girls (“an incredibly great band”, she gushes).

Bravo 21 June 1979


Three “hot rock aunties” feature on the cover of Bravo of 21 June 1979: Leslie Knauer of Promises, Debbie Harry of Blondie, and Marion Valentino of The Dolls

This week 38 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Rock’s hottest women at as glance. Besides the three on the cover, they were Stevie Nicks, Siouxie Sioux, Alice Spring of Darling, Yvonne Lory of disco group Ganymed, Pauline Murray of Penetration, and Rita Ray of Darts.
• “Brown Pearl” (really!) Amii Stewart and her hit “Knock On Wood”
• Mick Jagger in pics
• How an abused teen landed on the street
• Disco singer Patrick Hernandez at home in Paris
• Funk-rock band Mother’s Finest
• When will Starsky & Hutch return to German TV screens?

Bravo 10 May 1979 (Blondie)


Debbie Harry features on the cover of Bravo of 10 May 1979. That week 38 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• ABBA’s Björn and Agnetha deny rumours of affairs after their divorce
• How Leslie McKeown got beaten up by his fellow Bay City Rollers
• The life of Liz Taylor (“She was the world’s most beautiful woman”)
• Introducing French pianist Richard Clayderman
• The story of a teenage heroin addict
• Eurovision Song Contest winners Milk & Honey from Israel
• Dire Straits on their Germany tour
• Schlager singer Juliane Werding’s trip to India in text and pics