Great interview w/ Debbie Harry of @BlonideOfficial in @DailyTelegraph

An excerpt!

I have been asking – trying to ask – whether Harry thinks there’s a double standard when commentators criticise Madonna, 58, for being too old for the music business, while few people seem to have a problem with 73-year-old Mick Jagger.

Harry, 71, is releasing another Blondie album, Pollinator, and is about to embark on a world tour that includes Australia, so it seems likely she has an opinion.

“You are going on about this [age question],” she says. “You put it in people’s brains, and it becomes an issue, you know? That’s what you’re doing — you are creating an issue.”

She is right. But I don’t intend it as an insult. Harry has been a trailblazer for women in music on many fronts, and now she’s pioneering another: longevity. In the ’80s, people were amazed that Harry was still going strong at 40. She’s been having the last laugh for 30 years.

“Sometimes I look at them and think, ‘Gosh, you used to be so cute.’”

A Debbie Harry interview is unlike any other. She doesn’t want to talk about herself. She doesn’t like looking backwards, or inwards. She hates being called an icon. And she doesn’t play nice if she doesn’t want to. While Madonna carefully crafts her image, Harry doesn’t give a damn.