In 1982, horrified by the meaness, tedium and depravity of my exsistance as I
toured the American South playing rock and roll music and going crazy in public,
I purchased an abridged copy of The Decline and Fall
of the Roman Empire (Dero Saunders, Penguin). The grandeur of the
subject appealed to me, as did the cameo illustration of Edward Gibbon, the author,
on the front cover. He looked like a heavy dude. Being in a political business,
I had long made a habit of reading biographies of willful characters - Hitler,
Churchill, MacArthur, Brando - with large profiles, and I also enjoyed books on
war and political intrigue, as I could relate the action to my own situation in
the music busisness, which is not about music at all, but is a kind of religion
- rental." Iggy Pop, Classics
Ireland, 1995 Volume 2, University College Dublin, Ireland.
The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story (Hardcover)
This title has not yet been released -- due out Oct. 1, 2009. You may pre-order it now and we will deliver it to you when it arrives. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Alice Cooper is a rock `n' roll icon who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. In addition to recording and touring, he is the author of the bestselling Alice Cooper, Golf Monster.
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The Stooges: A Journey Through the Michigan Underworld (Paperback)
Synopsis (from Amazon.com)
Containing primary interviews with all the band members and Iggy himself, as well as other key characters, this biography provides a collection of exclusive and captivating eye-witness accounts of this most important of rock bands. The influence of The Stooges on the world of punk and rock 'n' roll is immeasurable. The band's three albums - "The Stooges", "Fun House" and "Raw Power" - are bona fide classics. The fact that the band only existed for a few short years at the end of the '60s and start of the '70s makes their achievements all the more impressive.Of course, lead singer Iggy Pop went on to have huge success as a solo artist, working with the likes of David Bowie and Green Day, but here, for the first time, The Stooges story is told in-depth, through original interviews with the band members. Just after the turn of the new millennium, Iggy reformed The Stooges with all of the key members present, including brothers Ron and Scott 'Rock Action' Asheton. The Stooges have gone from strength to strength since the reunion, headlining festivals around the world.
Their contribution to rock music history is without question and this book is an important document of those times and their lives. Buy it here.
Punk Pioneers: When Punk Was Fun
The photographs of Jenny Lens—many unseen, and many more well-known but seldom credited—are poignant reminiscences of a rude and rowdy moment in punk rock history. From 1976 to 1980, Lens took early shots of groups that would go on to be legendary: the Germs, the Go-Gos, Blondie, the Ramones, the Damned, the Clash, Iggy Pop, and many more. Punk Pioneers chronicles the music scene as it raged from stadium and glam rock to punk, steadfastly archiving early pioneers, followers, writers, fans, and performers at shows, backstage, and at parties. Lens reveals untold stories with rare and candid images: Joey Ramone poolside before a show in San Francisco; Debbie Harry tearing off her wedding dress on stage in L.A.; Iggy Pop painting on a whim in the Hollywood Hills. This book stands alone as a record of punk legend, capturing the energy and brilliance, passion and frustration, and most importantly the fight for music and art that embodied the punk movement. Featuring a foreword by renowned photographer Glen E. Friedman, this is one of the most important and most beautiful collections of photography of the least documented era in punk.
From Rolling Stone: When punk exploded in California in the late 1970s, photographer Jenny Lens was there to capture it all. Her first book Punk Pioneers: When Punk Was Fun (available now for pre-order) features classic shots of punk icons like Iggy Pop, the Germs, the Clash and the Ramones. For a preview of the gems in the book, click here. For more on Jenny Lens, click here.
CREEM: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine
Hardcover: 272 pages
With raw photographs of rock's greatest stars and insightful prose by the legendary rock journalists who were stars in their own right, CREEM magazine stood at the forefront of youth counterculture from 1969 to 1988 as "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine." A product of Detroit's revolutionary counterculture, CREEM cultivated an incredibly gifted staff of iconoclastic scribes, editors, photographers, and graphic artists whose work continues to resonate today, including: Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh, Richard Meltzer, Nick Tosches, and a not-so-famous Cameron Crowe. They invented a raucous new form of journalism, where the writing and photographs were as much an expression of rock 'n' roll as the music itself. CREEM embraced and abused the best and the worst of the era: MC5, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Faces, Lou Reed, the Stooges, T.Rex, Kiss, Mott the Hoople, the Who, the New York Dolls, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, the Ramones, Cheap Trick, the Clash, and Van Halen, among many others.
Now the Mouth of the Motor City presents a retrospective of the beautiful haze that was rock's golden age—from the end of the hippie days through glam and punk and into '80s metal. Featuring the best of the magazine's vast archives of photos, illustrations, and articles, CREEM is the authentic rock 'n' roll experience—written for fanatics by fanatics.
Robert Matheu cofounded CREEM Media Inc. in 2001. He has been a rock photographer since his early teens in Detroit and originally began working with CREEM magazine while he was still in college. He has worked for Playboy, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Mojo. His photos have graced more than 100 album covers and countless magazine covers around the world.
Rock and Roll
Hardcover: 304 pages
“Lynn was always the best rock-and-roll photographer.” —Tom Petty
Bomp!: Saving the World One Record at a Time
Hardcover Illustrated: 301 pages
From 1966 to 1978, "Bomp!" was the magazine of rock-and-roll commentary and criticism that provided a view from the garage of the most crucial era in rock history. This retrospective is composed of rare gems from the magazine, including early interviews with The Doors and The Grateful Dead..
Babylon's Burning: From Punk to Grunge
Hardcover: 672 pages
From Publishers Weekly
Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed
Hardcover, 384 pages
From Publishers Weekly
Glam! an Eyewitness Account
With a foreword by David Bowie, here is a seminal collection of images of the glam rock era taken by legendary photographer Mick Rock. Includes outstanding photos of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, and a host of other characters that defined the movement.
From the Velvets to the Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk Rock
One of the most detailed histories of New York's artsy punk scene." —Library Journal
"No other book...I've encountered succeeded so well in accurately bringing the period to life...lifted me back in time." —Richard Hell, Television and Richard Hell and the Voidoids
\"To [answer] the question of...exactly what kind of music punk rock was, you have to resort to...[this book]." —Robert Christgau, The New York Times
"This engaging & informative history tells you all you'll ever need to know about the birth of American Punk Rock." —Trakmarx.com
"[Heylin] sorts the conflicts and conflagrations with a critic's eye and a fan's heart." —Lenny Kaye, guitarist and collaborator, Patti Smith Group
Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982
It starts August 1970..."THE STOOGES release their second LP, "Fun House," for Elektra..."
The Complete Iggy Pop
in-depth guide to the career and music of punk luminary and ex-Stooge
frontman Iggy Pop and his rise to international stardom.Iggy Pop (aka
James Osterberg of Ann Arbor) is one of rock music’s most original
artists, his remarkable longevity defying the popular perceptionof him
as the most excessive and self-destructive musician of his generation.
Today, the walking miracle that is Iggy Pop continues to record,
perform, and shock.
Power: Iggy & The Stooges
Danger: The Story of Iggy Pop
York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop and Others,
Mother's and Others: The Rock and Roll History of Romeo, Michigan by David McLaughlin. The book features photos and flyers from the teen night club Mother's in Romeo. Other than the Stooges featured there is info on The MC5, AmboyDukes, and other Michigan bands that played in Romeo. It is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 digest, 52 pgs, published in1997. It can be ordered through P.O. Box 242, Lakeville, MI 48366-0242. Checks payable to David McLaughlin. $10 postage paid.
Pop: The Biography
by Joe Ambrose
Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey
by Bebe Buell, Victor Bockris (Contributor)
SHE'S a legend in her own book. That Abba musical "Mama Mia," about a girl with three potential dads, due to open in October? Bebe Buell already lived it, in 1977, when she had a baby girl with three potential dads: Todd Rundgren, the rocker she was living with; Steven Tyler, one of the rockers she had slept with; and Mick Jagger, who had not bedded her around the time she got pregnant but who teased her about being the real father.
The baby grew up as Liv Rundgren but changed that to Liv Tyler on learning her true paternity and is now, of course, a movie star of 24.
But this book, "Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey" (St. Martin's Press), is about Bebe.
"The only thing I was certain about was that I could lure any man I wanted into my bed," she writes. "But I could not lure any man I wanted into a stable relationship."
She tells of how Eileen Ford saw a test shot of her in 1972 and of how in quick order she became a model, a rock "muse," Miss November 1974 in Playboy, a mother, a punk rocker and finally Liv's manager.
But mostly Ms. Buell's book is about the many liaisons she recalls with rock and movie stars, including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart, Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, and is loaded with pictures to prove it. Ms. Buell asserts that she was not a groupie. Rather, she calls herself a connoisseur of rock music, an inspiration for lyrics, a companion, someone who might accidentally snort heroin when she thought it was only cocaine but who kept her feet on the ground; except, that is, when she was in bed.
On a blazing Tuesday night, Ms. Buell arrived for her publication party at Don Hill's, a SoHo rock club she says in her book is "the only place in New York I knew of that upheld some of the spirit of fabulousness" of Max's Kansas City.
First out of her town car was her shaggy-haired fiancé, Jim Wallerstein, a guitarist in the Bebe Buell Band, followed by a huge bodyguard, then Ms. Buell, 48, who was dressed in an off-the-substantial-shoulder black gown by Ghost, strappy sandals and a necklace she hopes you think is made of diamonds.
A camera team from "20/20" was waiting, along with assorted paparazzi, but the night became a gathering of old friends from the rock world like Hilly Kristal, founder of CBGB, the photographer Marcia Resnick ("I'm in the index," she said) and new friends from publishing.
"I'm going to mingle-ingle," Ms. Buell announced.
As the sound system played "Spill the wine and take that pearl," a fan handed her a huge box of Bazooka bubble gum. (After years of indulgence, she found the one drug she really needed, Zoloft, and gave up everything except Champagne.)
"I'm going to get out of this dress soon, and get into multiple personalities," Ms. Buell promised a friend.
She circled the room several times, asking Don Hill himself where the cool spots were. Literally. "I'm on a perpetual quest for air-conditioning," she said. Women of a certain age can sympathize.
Jill Brooke, the editor of Avenue magazine, said, "You almost expect Cameron Crowe to be here." Twice. (His movie "Almost Famous," about a rock groupie, er, muse, is inspired in part by Ms. Buell.)
Off Ms. Buell went to shuck her gown and put on tight black pants, a leopard thong and a long-sleeved black crop top, "so I can go crazy onstage," she said. She grabbed the mike stand, and Mr. Wallerstein adopted the perfect question mark pose with his guitar.
"I knew she could rock," said one publishing executive, "but I didn't know she could rock." Well, yes, if your idea of a rock band is Stephen King and Amy Tan, then Bebe Buell rocks. Onstage, she suggests a mix of Debbie Harry and Mae West. She's a competent musician, competent in everything she has done.
"Bring it down, boys," she said to her band, and then straddled the microphone stand and tore through her numbers, like "Normal Girl," "Cool" and "Money Machine," a song she dedicated to her publishers.
under the dripping pipes in the basement, she assessed her performance: "I
think you get better at everything as you get older."
The first book that you should consider is the autobiographical I Need More, Paperback Reprint edition (September 1995) Da Capo Pr; ISBN: 0306806460 . Originally published as I Need More: The Stooges and Other Stories, William Burroughs described it as "Fresh, couragious, and evocative, I Need More is the story of a man who stands up to tell the truth in a house full of lies...bridging the schizoprenic gap between fact and public image"
Another must: Iggy Pop Collection, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, 1994. Sheet music for guitar, piano and vocals. Annotated by Iggy. Stop searching for those tabs and lyrics - often corrupted by mistaken but well meaning fans.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk, Legs Mcneil (Editor) Gilliam McCain (Contributor). "Punk's chaotic energy and revolutionary spirit come through vivedly in this mesmerizing account of American Punk" Kircus Reveiws, April 15, 1996. "There are some great stories, too, about the origin of glitter and the ripped T-shirt, Iggy Pop's proclivity for taking off his clothes, bar fights, groupie sex, inflated egos, drugs, drugs, and more drugs, and the deaths." Booklist, May 1, 1996.
Neighborhood Threat: On Tour With Iggy Pop, Alvin Gibbs, A K Pr Distribution; ISBN 1899784101.
The Dark Stuff : Selected Writings on Rock Music 1972-1995, by Nick Kent, Iggy Pop. Paperback Reprint edition (September 1995) Da Capo Pr; ISBN: 0306806460
The Wild One : The True Story of Iggy Pop, Per. Nilsen, ASIN: 0846429756. Out pf print.
Dreams of the World : Stories of the Greek and Roman Gods, by Iggy Pop, Suzanne Vega (Artist), George Clinton (Artist) ASIN: 0787107344. Synopsis: Myths and legends form the foundations for all cultures. The Greek and Roman myths were early tales created to explain the world and are now inextricably woven throughout music, art, film, theater, literature, politics and daily life. Thousands of years old, these myths continue to inspire and intrigue, and this audio keeps these stories vibrant with new recordings by an intriguing array of artists including Iggy Pop, George Clinton, Suzanne Vega and others. Availability: This title is out of print.
The Lives & Crimes of Iggy Pop, ISBN 0 907 188 15 X, Babylon Books, England, C1987 Text by Mike West, many b/w photos and discography.
Blah Blah Blah Tour, no ISBN, Rosebud Publishing, Sweden, C1987 Compiled by Per Nilson, reports and reviews, some b/w photos.
Instinct Tour 1988-89, no ISBN, European Stooges Society, Sweden, C1989 Compilation of reports and reviews, plus b/w photos by Paul Quant.
Iggy Pop - Imagini del Rock No.8, ISBN84-7974-709-9, La Mascara, Spain, C1995 written in castellano, many nice pictures including some from the film 'Atolladero.'
Iggy Pop - VIRGIN modern icons, ISBN 1 85227 698 3, Virgin Publishing Ltd, C1997 introduction by Nina Antonia, many color photos.
Shock Rock: From Iggy to Ziggy and Ozzy to Rozz, Andy Bailey Paperback, 288pp. ISBN: 0823076687 Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated Pub. Date: November 1999.
Illustrated Collectors Guide to Punk : Band by Band Document of the Punk Era, by Dave Thompson. CGP Inc (firstname.lastname@example.org) , June 10, 1997 Synopsis: Every punk fan will want to have a copy of The Illustrated Collector’s Guide To Punk, Part 1. This detailed 376 page, CD-sized book features over 200 artist entries, featuring full listings of bands’ line-ups, singles, albums, miscellaneous recordings, career details, cross-references, and a UK chart log, combined with hundreds of photos. The book is also available in a package with a corresponding CD, The Very Best of UK Punk, featuring such classic punk tracks as “Orgasm Addict” (Buzzcocks) and “Death Disco” (Public Image Ltd.). 376 pp.
RAW POWER - IGGY & THE STOOGES - PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICK ROCK. Creation Books are now proud to present this unparalleled document of the Stooges. Today the walking miracle that is Iggy Pop continues to record, perform and shock. Yet in terms of music and celluloid history, 1972 was the year. During this time, Iggy & the Stooges - at the height of their musical powers and legendary excesses - recorded the now-seminal album "Raw Power" and performed their only UK gig at London's Scala. It was a crazed period captured on camera by one man...................Mick Rock.
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