Blondie: Deep Roots

Blondie, always adaptable, stays true to its roots: Aidin Vaziri | The members of Blondie finished work on their new album, “Panic of Girls,” more than a year ago. The only problem is the group couldn’t find anyone willing to put it out. So last month the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees relented and made their ninth studio recording and first set of new music in eight years available directly through Amazon. It was the kind of compromise that Blondie, bastions of early ’80s New York cool, weren’t known for making. “It’s the new paradigm of the music industry,” says guitarist Chris Stein, 61, his accent firmly tethered to the East Village. “The labels are all bankrupt. Everything is reshuffling. Everybody has to figure out how to work in this new environment.”
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