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Gary Valentine

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Gary Valentine (born Gary Lachman on December 24, 1955 in Bayonne, New Jersey, United States) is a writer and musician. He has served as a performer and songwriter with the group Blondie, writing tracks such as “(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear” and “Sex Offender” (the band’s first single, later changed to “X Offender”). In his solo career post-Blondie, he’s created and inspired songs such as “Tomorrow Belongs To You” and others. He’s also become an authority on various occult and esoteric subjects based on his private research.

Valentine is a prolific author and has authored a number of books about music and the occult as well as articles for magazines such as Fortean Times and Mojo. His writings have additionally appeared in publications such as The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Independent. He has also given talks on his specialist subject areas, for example, appearing a number of times at UnCon.

He was one of the founding members of Blondie in 1975 and helped push the group into a path towards huge acclaim. Yet he was replaced in 1977 by Nigel Harrison, just as the outfit were starting to really gain recognition. After Blondie, Gary moved to L.A. and formed the band The Know with a few members of The Mumps. He has claimed that the Know were the first band to play the infamous Madame Wong’s Chinese-restaurant-turned-punk-hangout venue. Shortly after that he notably played guitar with eccentric musical star Iggy Pop.

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