April 27, 2016


Jack White Releasing an Iggy Pop and The Stooges Biography

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The wild years of Iggy Pop's tenure with his band The Stooges will be documented in a forthcoming biography. Appropriately titled Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges as Told by Iggy Pop, the 300-page tome was parceled together by journalists Jeff Gold and Johan Kugelberg, who spent 48 hours interviewing the singer at his Florida home. The book is essentially a verbatim account of Pop's experiences as the group's cavalier frontman, and will contain rare photos and other ephemera from the '70s.

The project is all coming together via Jack White's publishing company, Third Man Books, and will be available this winter. 

A press release lays bare the book's gritty factoids and punk rock narrative: Ultimately, Total Chaos is the "alternately tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed.”

Gold also had nice things to say about Iggy Pop, who is now approaching 70 years old: 

"He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre-punk rock-and influenced countless others that followed. There was no precedent in rock music for what they did.”

Pop is still a force to be reckoned with, having released his seventeenth studio album, Post Pop Depression, last month. His current band, which features Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, is out promoting the album, and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (April 25).