Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka“Fellow rock stars, casual members of the public, lords and media magnates, countless thousands of people will talk of their encounters with this driven, talented, indomitable creature, a man who has plumbed the depths of depravity, yet emerged with an indisputable nobility. Each of them will share an admiration and appreciation of the contradictions and ironies of his incredible life. Even so, they are unlikely to fully comprehend both the heights and the depths of his experience, for the extremes are simply beyond the realms of most people’s understanding.”
—from the Prologue
The first full biography of one of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest pioneers and legendary wild men
Born James Newell Osterberg Jr., Iggy Pop transcended life in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to become a member of the punk band the Stooges, thereby earning the nickname “the Godfather of Punk.” He is one of the most riveting and reckless performers in music history, with a commitment to his art that is perilously total. But his personal life was often a shambles, as he struggled with drug addiction, mental illness, and the ever-problematic question of commercial success in the music world. That he is even alive today, let alone performing with undiminished energy, is a wonder. The musical genres of punk, glam, and New Wave were all anticipated and profoundly influenced by his work.
Paul Trynka, former editor of Mojo magazine, has spent much time with Iggy’s childhood friends, lovers, and fellow musicians, gaining a profound understanding of the particular artistic culture of Ann Arbor, where Iggy and the Stooges were formed in the mid to late sixties. Trynka has conducted over 250 interviews, has traveled to Michigan, New York, California, London, and Berlin, and, in the course of the last decade or so at Mojo, has spoken to dozens of musicians who count Iggy as an influence. This has allowed him to depict, via real-life stories from members of bands like New Order and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy’s huge influence on the music scene of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, as well as to portray in unprecedented detail Iggy’s relationship with his enigmatic friend and mentor David Bowie. Trynka has also interviewed Iggy Pop himself at his home in Miami for this book. What emerges is a fascinating psychological study of a Jekyll/Hyde personality: the quietly charismatic, thoughtful, well-read Jim Osterberg hitched to the banshee creation and alter ego that is Iggy Pop.
Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed is a truly definitive work—not just about Iggy Pop’s life and music but also about the death of the hippie dream, the influence of drugs on human creativity, the nature of comradeship, and the depredations of fame.
In this two-part series, I look at the albums that rock-icons David Bowie and Iggy Pop, for better or worse, share credits. Recorded in secrecy with Josh Homme and friends the year before, it was released in the months following the death of David Bowie. It was this album that got me thinking about the relationship of Bowie and Iggy. Individually, the pair are no strangers to collaboration. Each have a string of recordings that draw on the talents of others, but among those, the entwined relationship of this pair is unique. So convinced was Bowie of this talent, that he travelled to America to find Iggy, and while there persuaded him to sign with his own UK management. The Stooges had, by this point, broken up and their future was unlikely, so when Bowie approached Iggy about joining him in England to do another Stooges record but with a different line-up, Iggy agreed.
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He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music., Strung out and shattered, David Bowie arrived in Berlin in to kickstart the wildest and most sophisticated part of his recording career.
It turns out that some love stories are one-sided. The Thin White Duke felt that the script borrowed far more from his life than just his music and he subsequently refused permission for his songs to be used in the film. The official word from Bowie was that he planned his own film based on his androgynous rocker years. Despite the non-blessing by Bowie, Velvet Goldmine plays as an examination of what it means to live a life dedicated to performance, a notion that Bowie seemingly embraced. It takes a bold filmmaker to apply to glam-era Bowie the narrative structure of Citizen Kane. While fans have always wondered about exactly what may or may not have happened between Bowie and Pop, not to mention Mick Jagger, Haynes leaves nothing to the imagination with the physical relationship between Slade and Wild.
Bowie's relentless romantic adventures saw him bed an array of partners - both men and women - in the decades before his death. He was known for his extraordinary musical talent. The rock legend's relentless romantic adventures saw him bed an array of partners - both men and women - in the decades before his death, according to a book published last year. Other parts of Bowie's erotic journey saw him engage in a threesome with his ex-wife Angie Bowie on the day of their wedding - something the former model recently admitted to on TV. In her biography, Bowie , author Wendy Leigh describes how Bowie was only ready to settle down with his second wife, Iman, after satisfying his large sexual appetite.
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