Iggy Pop

American singer, songwriter, musician, actor Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Though considered an innovator of punk rock, Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the years, including pop, metal, jazz and blues. Pop became known as 'Iggy' in high school, during which time he served as drummer for local blues band The Iguanas.
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25 Vintage Boy Names Worth Reviving
Huffington Post - 10 months
If you’re looking for a baby boy name that’s not all-the-rage right now, Nameberry has some suggestions with a vintage flair. Since boy names tend to stay on the popularity lists longer than girls’ names, these examples are quite unusual in that most of them were in common use at one time but then slid into obscurity.  See which ones you think are ripe for revival. Alaric — An ancient regal name that sparks with electricity, it starred in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series and in The Vampire Diaries. Emeric is a similar possibility. Aldous — Associated with Brave New World’s Aldous Huxley, more recently seen in “Orphan Black,” Aldous boasts the popular s-ending for boys Ambrose — As rosy as Rose, as amiable as Amelia, this early Latin name has loads of history, both religious and literary. Art — Sure it’s familiar as a vintage nickname for Arthur, but there’s a lot more to Art. In Ireland it’s the stand-alone name of a pagan High King (perhaps why Chris O’Dowd chose...
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The best buys at Record Store Day 2017: share your stories
Guardian (UK) - 10 months
There are lots of goodies to be found this Record Store Day. If you’re getting involved, we’d like to see pictures of your haul and hear about your experience It’s that time of year again when avid music fans set their Saturday alarms, brave the beardy queues, and fight their way through the racks to get hold of a prized copy of … Aqua’s Barbie Girl. That’s what you’re all most excited about at this year’s Record Store Day, isn’t it? After all, it comes on special bubblegum pink vinyl and everything. And even if you’re not particularly excited by Aqua, there are some treasures to be found at this year’s event – and we’re not just talking about Toto’s Africa being reissued on a disc in the shape of the continent. We mean things such as Johnny Marr rejoining his former band the The to release a new seven-inch single called You Can’t Stop What’s Coming; David Bowie fans being able to pick up a live album or a picture-disc vinyl of his collaboration with Placebo, Without You I’m Nothing...
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What's Really Going On Inside Your Favorite Songs?
Huffington Post - 11 months
What makes up a song? There are the basic elements: notes, a rhythm, melody, perhaps vocals or instrumentation of some kind. Yet the heart of a song, the inscrutable way it reaches out to listeners, unites strangers, marks a personal or collective era, is a bit harder to get at.  With his podcast “Song Exploder,” musician Hrishikesh Hirway — who also has a podcast devoted to “The West Wing” — helps to fill out the answer. Each episode since the show’s inception in 2014 takes one track from a musician or group’s catalog and allows an artist to break down the song in his or her own words. Who’s been on it? Some bigger names include Solange, Carly Rae Jepsen, U2, Metallica, DJ Shadow, Wilco and Iggy Pop, and the show’s indie-but-well-known roster could rival a Brooklyn resident’s most-played on Spotify: Grimes, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Phantogram and tUnE-yArDs. “I wanted the show to demonstrate this idea that there’s so much going on within any song,” Hirway told ...
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What’s on TV Thursday: Iggy Pop in ‘Gimme Danger’ and Jenny Slate’s Movie Picks
NYTimes - 11 months
March Madness driving you crazy? Ease your mind with Jim Jarmusch’s portrait of Iggy Pop, or with a quirky film lineup chosen by Ms. Slate.
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In 'Song To Song,' Ryan Gosling And Rooney Mara Dance Through A Terrence Malick Romance
Huffington Post - 12 months
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On the Culture Front: Othello, The Tempest, Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts and more
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Even in the dark of winter, New York shines with creativity of all stripes that make me happy to be here over any warmer climate. The past month or so has been no exception. New York Theatre Workshop put on Sam Gold's incredible production of "Othello" set in modern day wartime. Countless articles featured its stars Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, who undoubtedly gave searing first-rate performances. Craig brought a gentle seduction and even humanity to the quintessential villain of Iago while David Oyelowo painted a vivid portrait of a good man destroyed by bad information. What haunts me though is the way Rachel Brosnahan's Desdemona pleaded in vein for her life. Full of passion and sincerity and utterly in the right by any objective court of opinion, she's done in by the misinformation that's rotted Othello's soul. "Made in China" is a wild fever dream musical sung by lonely puppets on a harebrained adventure but writer/directors Gwendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage were inspired ...
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Jim Jarmusch's Paterson: Poetry for the New Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The quiet charm of Jim Jarmusch's Paterson, his latest movie, about a poet evoking the time and place of predecessor wordsmiths William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg, impresses with vitality, a life force. So much, that two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, Sylvia Miles, quipped, she paid her academy dues just to nominate this work for a Best Picture Oscar: "It's the best film I've ever seen on a creative person." In a season of noisier films, will academy voters notice this gentle work of art? Adam Driver stars. Paterson is ensconced in the workaday life of a bus driver in Paterson, picking up his vehicle at the depot, picking up passengers on his route. He enjoys a happy home life with Laura (Golshifteh Farahani obsessed with circles or maybe orbs, and his neighborhood bar where he ties up his dog outside and retreats for a nightly beer, his routines as regular as the movements of the planets. Even his most casual observations, visions realized onscreen in a clever...
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Art Review: ‘Iggy Pop Life Class,’ With Guess Who as the Model
NYTimes - about 1 year
If you thought Iggy Pop had done it all, think again. A British artist made him the model in a life-drawing class. The results are at the Brooklyn Museum.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In ...
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Talk: Why Iggy Pop Traded In His Sports Car
NYTimes - about 1 year
The musician on the new documentary on the Stooges, losing Bowie and the resurgence of “Lust for Life.”
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Stooges On Screen: Iggy Pop And Jim Jarmusch On The New Film 'Gimme Danger'
NPR - over 1 year
The two men join NPR's Scott Simon to talk about Jarmusch's new documentary on the band — and why its pioneering work has staying power.
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Iggy Pop: Musician, Icon — and Now, Live Nude Model
NYTimes - over 1 year
In February, the rocker posed nude for a group of students from New York art schools. This week, their portraits open in a show at the Brooklyn Museum.
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'Hey, we're fighting bears here': Iggy Pop and Jim Jarmusch celebrate the Stooges with their new documentary 'Gimme Danger'
LATimes - over 1 year
The musician Iggy Pop declared himself “a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm” in the lyric to the song “Search and Destroy” on the 1973 album “Raw Power.” That visceral statement of intent was relatively little heard on its original release, though the song is currently in a luxury...
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  • 2016
    Age 68
    In 2016, Pop was featured as a main subject in the documentary Danny Says starring alongside Danny Fields, Alice Cooper, Judy Collins, Wayne Kramer, Jac Holzman and more.
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    He starred in the movie "Blood Orange" released in April, 2016.
    In 2016, Pop recorded an album with Josh Homme titled Post Pop Depression.
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  • 2015
    Age 67
    In 2015, Pop had a starring role as Vicious in the Björn Tagemose-directed silent film Gutterdämmerung opposite Grace Jones, Henry Rollins and Lemmy.
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    It was aired in the US on This American Life on January 30, 2015 in the episode "Burroughs 101," commemorating his 101st birthday.
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  • 2014
    Age 66
    In 2014, Pop presented (narrated) the BBC documentary "Burroughs at 100."
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  • 2013
    Age 65
    In 2013, Pop appeared shortly in the French film Les Gamins then he voiced The Caterpillar in the television series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
  • 2011
    Age 63
    On April 7, 2011, at age 63, Pop performed "Real Wild Child" on the tenth season of American Idol; the Los Angeles Times music blog "Pop & Hiss" described Pop as being "still magnetic, still disturbing".
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    In 2011 he teamed up with The Lilies, a collaboration between Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes and French group Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family, to record the single "Why?".
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    In June 2010, Pop appeared at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto with the reformed Stooges on the NXNE main stage.
    On July 9, 2010 he again stage dived in Zottegem, Belgium, causing Iggy to bleed from the face.
    However, he did so on three occasions at a concert in Madrid, Spain on April 30, 2010.
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    After a March 2010 stage diving accident, Pop claimed he would no longer stage dive.
    Pop also sings on "We're All Gonna Die" on Slash's first solo album Slash, which was released in April 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 61
    Pop's fifteenth solo album, Préliminaires, was released on June 2, 2009.
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    The advert was then banned by the Advertising Standards Authority on April 28, 2009 for being misleading – it implied that Pop himself had an insurance policy with Swiftcover when at the time the company did not insure musicians.
    In January 2009, Pop was signed up as the face of Swiftcover, the UK-based online insurance company.
    On January 6, 2009, original Stooges guitarist and Pop's self-described best friend Ron Asheton was found dead from an apparent heart attack.
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  • 2008
    Age 60
    Pop also sang on the "No Fun" cover by Asian Dub Foundation on their 2008 album Punkara.
    On March 10, 2008 Pop appeared at Madonna's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
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    Pop guested on Profanation (Preparation for a Coming Darkness), the new album by the Bill Laswell-helmed group Praxis, which was released on January 1, 2008.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    Pop also caused controversy in June 2007 when he was interviewed on the BBC's coverage of the Glastonbury Festival.
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    In a 2007 Rolling Stone interview, Pop explained his relationship with his parents and their contribution to his music:
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  • 2003
    Age 55
    Also in 2003, his first full-length biography was published.
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    Pop's 2003 album Skull Ring featured collaborators Sum 41, Green Day, Peaches, and The Trolls, as well as Ron and Scott Asheton, reuniting the three surviving founding members of The Stooges for the first time since 1974.
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  • 2001
    Age 53
    Pop produced 2001's Beat 'Em Up, which gave birth to The Trolls, releasing the single "Football" featuring Trolls alumni Whitey Kirst and brother Alex.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    He also sang on the tracks "Rolodex Propaganda" and "Enfilade" by At the Drive-In in 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 51
    Pop supplied vocals for the 1999 Death in Vegas UK Top-10 single Aisha.
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  • 1998
    Age 50
    On January 1, 1998, Pop made a guest appearance on Paramount Television's science fiction series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 49
    In 1997, Pop was credited with the soundtrack to the film The Brave.
    In 1997, he remixed Raw Power to give it a rougher, more hard-edged sound; fans had complained for years that Bowie's official "rescue effort" mix was muddy and lacking in bass.
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  • 1996
    Age 48
    In 1996, Pop released Naughty Little Doggie, with Whitey Kirst returning on guitar, and the single "I Wanna Live".
    In 1996, Pop again found mainstream fame when his 1977 song "Lust for Life" was featured in the film Trainspotting.
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  • 1993
    Age 45
    In 1993, Pop released American Caesar, including two successful singles, "Wild America" and "Beside You".
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  • 1992
    Age 44
    Also in 1992, he collaborated with the New York City band White Zombie.
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    In 1992, he collaborated with Goran Bregović on the soundtrack for the movie Arizona Dream by Emir Kusturica.
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  • 1991
    Age 43
    In 1991, Pop and Kirst contributed the song "Why Was I Born (Freddy's Dead)" to the soundtrack of the film Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
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  • 1990
    Age 42
    Also in 1990, Pop starred in the controversial opera The Manson Family by composer John Moran, released on Point Music/Phillip Classics, where he sang the role of prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.
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    In 1990, Pop recorded Brick by Brick, produced by Don Was, with members of Guns N' Roses and The B-52's as guests, as well as backup vocals by many local Hollywood groups, two of whom (Whitey Kirst and Craig Pike) would create his band to tour and perform on his Kiss My Blood video (1991), directed by Tim Pope and filmed at the Olympia in Paris.
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  • 1989
    Age 41
    Working with rock attorney Stann Findelle, Pop scored more movie soundtrack inclusions in 1989: "Living on the Edge of the Night" in the Ridley Scott thriller Black Rain; and "Love Transfusion", a song originally written by Alice Cooper (who does backing vocals) and Desmond Child, in Wes Craven's Shocker.
  • 1988
    Age 40
    His record label dropped him, but the King Biscuit radio show recorded the Instinct tour (featuring guitarist Andy McCoy and Alvin Gibbs on bass) in Boston on July 19, 1988.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 39
    In 1987, Pop appeared (along with Bootsy Collins) on a mostly instrumental album, Neo Geo, by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
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  • 1985
    Age 37
    Also in 1985, Pop and Lou Reed contributed their singing voices to the animated film Rock & Rule.
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    In 1985, Pop recorded some demos with Jones.
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  • 1984
    Age 36
    Additionally, Pop contributed the title song to the 1984 film Repo Man (with Steve Jones, previously of the Sex Pistols, on guitar, and Nigel Harrison and Clem Burke, both of Blondie on bass and drums) as well as an instrumental called "Repo Man Theme" that was played during the opening credits.
    On Tonight in 1984, Bowie recorded five more of their co-written songs (2 from Lust for Life, 1 from New Values, and 2 new songs), assuring Pop financial security, at least for the short term.
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  • 1982
    Age 34
    The 1982 album Zombie Birdhouse on Chris Stein's Animal label, with Stein himself producing, was no more commercially successful than his Arista works, but again, in 1983, Pop's fortunes changed when David Bowie recorded a cover of the song "China Girl".
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  • 1980
    Age 32
    In 1980, Pop published his autobiography I Need More, co-written with Anne Weher, an Ann Arbor arts patron.
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  • 1979
    Age 31
    Pop had grown dissatisfied with RCA, later admitting that he had made TV Eye Live as a quick way of fulfilling his three-album RCA contract. He moved to Arista Records, under whose banner he released New Values in 1979.
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  • 1978
    Age 30
    Bowie also played keyboards in Pop's live performances, some of which are featured on the album TV Eye Live in 1978.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    Bowie and Pop relocated to West Berlin to wean themselves off their respective drug addictions. In 1977, Pop signed with RCA Records and Bowie helped write and produce The Idiot and Lust for Life, Pop's two most acclaimed albums as a solo artist, the latter featuring one of Pop's best-known songs "The Passenger".
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    After the second breakup of The Stooges, Pop made some recordings with James Williamson, but these were not released until 1977 (as Kill City, credited jointly to Pop and Williamson).
  • 1976
    Age 28
    On March 21, 1976, Bowie and Pop were arrested together for marijuana possession in Rochester, New York, although charges were later dropped.
    In 1976, Bowie took him along as his companion on the Station to Station tour.
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  • 1974
    Age 26
    The Stooges' last show in 1974 ended in a fight between the band and a group of bikers, documented on the album Metallic K.O. Drug abuse stalled his career again for several years.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Pop's career received a boost from his relationship with Bowie when Bowie decided in 1972 to produce an album with Pop in England.
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  • 1969
    Age 21
    The Stooges' first album The Stooges, (on which Pop was credited as "Iggy Stooge"), was produced by John Cale in New York in 1969.
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  • 1968
    Age 20
    In 1968, one year after their live debut and now dubbed The Stooges, the band signed with Elektra Records, again following in the footsteps of The Doors, who were Elektra's biggest act at the time (reportedly, Pop called Moe Howard to see if it was alright to call his band "The Stooges," to which Howard responded by merely saying "I don't care what they call themselves, as long as they're not the Three Stooges!" and hung up the phone).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    The seeds of Pop's stage persona were sown when he saw The Doors perform in 1967 at the University of Michigan and was amazed by the stage antics and antagonism displayed by singer Jim Morrison.
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  • 1965
    Age 17
    Osterberg began his music career as a drummer in various high school bands in Ann Arbor, Michigan, including the Iguanas, who cut several records such as Bo Diddley's "Mona" in 1965.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on April 21, 1947.
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