Blondie, Garbage & Sky Ferreira Bring PunkRock Feminism to Hollywood Bowl
publish date: 2017-07-10
Blondie is a band that has always occupied its own niche. From their earliest days at CBGB on Manhattan’s Bowery, they were equal parts pop and punk. They.were champions of the gritty downtown ethos more for their sardonic take on “entertainment” than for the channeled outrage their punk peers offered as riposte to rock’s previously boring '70s. They.were a curiously shiny showbiz phenomenon on the early club scene, something apart from the fun nihilism of The Ramones or the artsy angst of the Talking Heads.
For those who haven’t closely tracked the band’s progress (and occasional backslides) through several feud-ridden personnel changes, it may have been surprising to find Blondie 2017 is more of a hard-charging guitar band than the ripped-T-shirt artistes they began as.