New Book on Iggy and The Stooges

Readers still reverberating from seeing Iggy Pop this spring as part of his Post Pop Depression tour will soon have a new outlet for all things Iggy: A new book on The Stooges, as told by Pop, is set to be published later this year.

TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges /As Told By Iggy Pop, written by music historian Jeff Gold, will be a 300-page volume released by Third Man Books, the publication arm of Jack White’s Third Man Records. For two days, Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg interviewed Pop at his home in Miami, revisiting Iggy and The Stooges from their start in Ann Arbor through the band’s demise. Other contributors to the book include such music notables as Joan Jett and Johnny Marr, and Consequence of Sound reports that the book will feature commentary on The Stooges’ influence on others with previously unpublished photos.

“It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of The Stooges. He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back,” Gold says in a press release about the book. “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.”

Jon Savage, a contributor and editor of the book, says Pop “has turned the interview into an art form. In this book, he tells the story of The Stooges with a mixture of wit, candor and spontaneity: from their early beginnings to their full flaming flare over three groundbreaking albums before the crash and triumphant return that no one could have predicted.  Profusely illustrated with dozens of unseen images, this is the story of The Stooges like you’ve never read it before.”

And, as Jett herself puts it, “Iggy and The Stooges have to be one of the greatest American rock bands that has ever been.”

The book is slated for publication in Winter 2016. Mark your holiday wish lists now!

In the meantime, here’s some Iggy for your listening pleasure.






Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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