Chris Stein

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Chris Stein
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Chris Stein at Zwarte Cross Festival 2011 in the Netherlands
Background information
Birth name Christopher Stein
Born (1950-01-05) January 5, 1950 (age 64)
Brooklyn, New York, US
Genres New wavepop rockpunk rock
Occupations Musiciansongwriterfilm producerphotographer
Instruments Guitarbass guitar
Associated acts BlondieDeborah Harry

Christopher "Chris" Stein (born January 5, 1950) is the co-founder and guitarist of the new wave band, Blondie.[1] He is also a producer and performer for the classic soundtrack of the hip hop film, Wild Style, and writer of the soundtrack for the film Union City.[2] A keen photographer, Stein has taken thousands of images of punk musicians, H.R. Giger and Debbie Harry.[3]

In addition to being the sole writer of the Blondie hit song, "Sunday Girl", Stein co-wrote numerous hits with Blondie's lead vocalist, Deborah Harry, including "Heart of Glass", "Picture This", "Dreaming", "Island of Lost Souls", "Rapture", and "Rip Her to Shreds". Stein also ran the Animal Records label between 1982 and 1984.[4]

In 1983, Stein was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin, but he has since regained normal function. Stein had developed a mild form of the disease, and was able to control it with a program of steroids.[5] As of 2014, he was still touring and recording with Blondie.

Personal life[edit]

Stein is Jewish (although he is not practicing)[6] and was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York.[7] While in Blondie, Stein and Harry maintained a romantic relationship but never married. In 1989, the couple went their separate ways but have continued to work together on a professional basis. Stein was co-host of TV Party, a public-access television cable TV show in New York City, that ran from 1978 to 1982.

In 1999, Stein married the actress Barbara Sicuranza, and they have two daughters.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official Website". Blondie. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Foster, Dave (November 3, 2005). "Union City in February | News | Film @ The Digital Fix". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Picture This: Blondie’s Unofficial Photographer". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chris Stein: Information from". January 5, 1950. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Struck by her presence – Music". February 13, 2005. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
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  7. ^ "Interview: Chris Stein | The Jewish Chronicle". June 30, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ ".". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Official Blondie Web Site: Chris Stein". May 13, 2005. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 

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