Blondie guitarist and primary songwriter Chris Stein and I became friends when I was working on a portrait of Debbie Harry for my MAYDAY show in 2010. Chris studied photography at SVA in NYC and has an amazing body of work. We talked about doing a collaboration and this print of Joan Jett from 76 or 77 is the result.
Chris had an opening of his photography at the Morrison Hotel gallery at the Sunset Marquis and Joan happened to be in town. We all got together in Debbie Harry’s hotel room and signed the prints. It was pretty surreal for me because Blondie and Joan Jett are two of the earliest bands whose records I bought . Check out the other photo from 76 or 77 of Joan and Debbie from the same evening as the shot of Joan I illustrated from. It was a great time in music.
If you missed Chris’ show at the Sunset Marquis, you can check out the amazing photos of his friends and contemporaries here . You can also view and purchase Chris Stein’s work at morrisonhotelgallery.com.
All of the Joan Jett The Runaway prints are signed by me, Chris, and Joan, but some have a slightly bent corner due to being shipped to New York and back. If you don’t want to risk getting one of these we will have some APs for sale too but they will only be signed by me.
Blondie has a new album in the works and will be touring with X this fall which is sure to be amazing. Check out www.blondie.net for info.
18 x 24 inch screen print on white cover stock. Signed by Shepard, Chris Stein and Joan Jett. Numbered edition of 450, $75. Some prints will be available signed only by Shepard, $45. Limit 1 per person/household.
Release date: August 29, 2013 at a random time between 10am and 12 noon PST in the Prints page of the store.
Photo of Joan Jett and Debbie Harry by Chris Stein