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iggynews archive 13 (2009 - May 2011)


5.18.11: My Raw Power redux (back from my sabbatical travels of last year) is here! Watch docuvideos from Sony's rerelease here on video of the week and all 6 on the video page.


Who'd have guessed? Iggy Pop on 'American Idol'


Music Icon Iggy Pop Joins 19th Annual Arts and Letters Day Event at MDC Kendall Campus April 5-6

Miami, March 21, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus will once again celebrate its talented faculty and students at Chaos, Conflict and Controversy, the campus’ 19th Annual Arts and Letters Day, being held April 5-6, 2011. This year, rock-and-roll icon Iggy Pop, known for his influential contributions to punk rock, hard rock, and other styles of rock music, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

An edgy and intellectual figure, Pop will discuss his life and career with a question-and-answer period to follow. College officials don’t expect the music icon to dive off the stage and into the audience. MORE HERE
Wednesday, April 6

Noon – 1 p.m.
Iggy Pop – Explorations on the Edge
Edgy and intellectual, keynote speaker Iggy Pop remains a controversial and driving force in music, film and literature. He will discuss his life and career with a question-and-answer period to follow. Note: He will not be stage diving. McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 



Further update on Iggy related pieces on David Lynch Foundation

Along with the track "Milk Cow Blues", this original piece of Vinyl Art by
Daniel Edlen is now available at PledgeMusic http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/davidlynchfoundationmusic
to benefit the David Lynch Foundation's "Download for Good" campaign. It is an exclusive offer painted
especially for DLF Music andautographed by Iggy Pop.

Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen gives something physical back to those who've gone
digital and online with theirmusic. It celebrates the cultural creativity that comes together in the
production of vinyl recordings.

Press Release 2.24.2011

Iggy & the Stooges

"Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans"

To Be Released on 180 Gram Vinyl

April 5, 2011 via MVD Entertainment Group

Iggy & the Stooges "Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans" is the vinyl document of the reformed Stooges' (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) Raw Power performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Of the performance, Ben Ratliff of the NY Times writes, "Iggy Pop, now 63, knew that his body language translated into still photographs resembling Mannerist paintings...The Stooges attacked the album's eight songs, in a different order, just about perfectly."

Iggy and the band sound flawless as they rip through the archetype riffage of "Search and Destroy," "Raw Power," "Gimmie Danger" and more. This record is being rush released for Record Store Day 2011.

"Getting this top-notch performance of the entire Raw Power album by The Stooges realized a life long dream," Iggy Pop "This shit really sizzles and we are so obviously a crack band in a class of our own."

MVD Entertainment Group, an industry leader in producing and distributing music-related audiovisual content, launched the In the Hands of the Fans series with the intention of utilizing the energy and talents of fans, who by means of an online video submission contest, win the opportunity to film a performance of their favorite band in HD and then interview the band members after the performance. The result is a high quality, low cost, unique program that is part concert film and part reality TV show.

Item Info / Tracklist: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5179LP

Hi Res Cover Art: http://mvdb2b.com/i/300dpi/MVD5179LP.jpg

In the Hands of the Fans website: http://www.inthehandsofthefans.com

Purchase here: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5179LP



2.17.2011: David Lynch Foundation: David Lynch Foundation Music http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/davidlynchfoundationmusic

Welcome to an inside “peak” at a great new cause — David Lynch Foundation Music.

DLF Music brings together the erging recording artists to support the good works of the David Lynch Foundation’s stress-reducing, meditation-based educational programs.

Featured artists of our Pledge compilation include: Arrested Development, Au Revoir Simone, Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel, Mary Hopkin, Moby, Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Ozomatli, Heather Nova, Iggy Pop, Carmen Rizzo, Salman Ahmad, Slightly Stoopid, Dave Stewart, Andy Summers and Tom Waits.

Make a pledge/donation here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/davidlynchfoundationmusic



iggypop.org is sad to report the passing of Alex Kirst, who was Iggy's drummer with the Trolls from 1998 to 2003, who was lost in a hit and run accident in the California desert. Read Billboard's article and Iggy's statement.


Iggy on Alex Kirst

"I heard about what happened to Alex almost immediately after the fact from his brother Whitey who played guitar alongside Alex in The Trolls, my band from 1998 to 2003. I felt terrible and although it won't bring him back I really hope they find the person who hit him and ran.
Alex deserves a lot of recognition for his contributions to the arts. He was a drummer with a thunderous left hand but he was so much more than that in the arts scene around Los Angeles. He was a member of a very interesting indie band called the Nymphs and he'd had a very solid career as a set designer in major studio films and TV for some years. His son Lucius danced his debut  this week with the American ballet theatre in New York and I wish Alex had been around for that he had a lot to do with it. The Kirsts are a unique and artistic family and I know they will all miss him, as I do.
Alex was a very, very nice and good person he helped a lot of people, including me.”

Iggy Pop

Alex Kirst, Iggy /Nymph's Drummer, Dies in Hit-and-Run
Billboard article here.



11.5.10: Project Tutu/Zuckerman

This month, Andrew Zuckerman is releasing "Music", a book, film, and iPad app produced in collaboration with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  The Music project features dynamic portraits and interviews with extraordinary musicians who provide their perspectives on one of the most universal and yet unexplainable art forms.  The book contains portraits and edited interviews for each musician; it also includes the feature film, an exploration of the themes of music, inspiration, performance, collaboration, and success.  The iPad app features all the portraits and text from the book, but the text is sharable as well as self-editable into the same themes.  It also features individual films for each of the musicians and links directly to their pages on iTunes.

See teaser no1., next one next week.


Update from Sony!

New official merchant for all things Iggy and the Stooges!


• Original 8-song, 34-minute album with “Search and Destroy,” “Raw Power”
• Full-length one-hour show at Richards in Atlanta, October 1973 – plus two previously unreleased bonus tracks from album sessions and rehearsals
• Booklet with essays by U.S. and UK journalists, plus introductions
by Iggy, James Williamson, and Scott Asheton
• LEGACY EDITION available at both physical and digital retail outlets starting April 13, 2010, through Columbia/Legacy

RAW POWER: DELUXE EDITION 4-disc package (in 7-inch square slipcase):
• Original album (CD One) and Richards show plus bonus tracks (CD Two)
• CD Three: Rarities, Outtakes, & Alternates from the Raw Power Era
• Disc Four – DVD : The Making of Raw Power documentary
• 48-page softcover book adds essay by Henry Rollins; photographs by Mick Rock, Robert Matheu & more; testimonials by Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Tom Morello & more
• Five exquisite 5x7-inch prints, suitable for framing
• Japanese pic-sleeve 45 single repro: “Raw Power” b/w “Search And Destroy”
• DELUXE EDITION available EXCLUSIVELY through www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com in advance of April 27th release date




The biggest thing today is that I have uploaded a segment of the Rock Hall of Fame 2010 for you to see -- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ID6PT989

And exclusive to iggypop.org and http://straightjameswilliamson.com Iggy, Billie Joe Armstrong
of Green Day, and James Williamson performing at The Rock Hall of Fame ceremony by
Robert Matheu

Iggy Pop, Billie Joe Armstrong and James Williamson by Robert Matheu

And the inevitable YouTube contributions

Unembedable YouTube version of RHOF "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
Unembedable postshow interview

March 16, 2010

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

Chad Batka for The New York Times

Slouched against the lectern at the 25th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a shirtless Iggy Pop snarled, “I am the world’s forgotten boy.”

No more. After years of being named finalists to enter the hall of fame, then getting outvoted, the Stooges were finally inducted this year, in an event held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Monday night and telecast on the Fuse cable channel. “After the seventh time” the Stooges were nominated, said the band’s guitarist, James Williamson, in his acceptance speech, “we were beginning to think we would have to take pride in not getting in.”

Behind him, Mr. Pop, 62, was already unbuttoning his white dress shirt, getting ready to jump, drop to his knees, strut and twist across the stage and down into the black-tie audience. Introducing him, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day had described him as “the most confrontational singer we will ever see.” In his acceptance speech, Mr. Pop declared: “Roll over, Woodstock. We won.”

For the Hall of Fame, this was a year of belated admissions. Along with the Stooges, the hall’s latest performing members are the Swedish pop group ABBA, the reggae songwriter Jimmy Cliff and two English bands, Genesis and the Hollies. All but ABBA, which coalesced in the early 1970s, have careers dating back to the 1960s.

Songwriters who supplied girl groups, R&B groups and Elvis Presley in the 1950s and 1960s, working in cubicles in the Brill Building and nearby 1650 Broadway, were also inducted: Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell and the teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.

“From the bottom of my heart and with the greatest humility,” Ms. Weil said, “I thought you guys would never ask.” Eric Burdon and Ronnie Spector, who had hits with their songs, were on hand to perform them.

Younger performers who were nominated this year, like the influential rapper LL Cool J, will have to wait.

This was a gathering baby-boomers could recognize. “We started out in the ’60s — now we’re in our 60s,” said Terry Sylvester of the Hollies.

Genesis brought progressive-rock — a style that still divides rock purists even as its complexities filter into indie-rock — into the Hall of Fame. After Phish played Genesis’s “Watcher of the Skies,” Trey Anastasio, the guitarist and leader of Phish, praised Genesis for being “rebellious, restless and constantly striving for something more than the obvious.”

“Every musical rule and boundary was questioned and broken,” he said.

Genesis had a two-phase career: first with Peter Gabriel as lead singer, and then with Phil Collins, who started as its drummer. “This band has been in so many different guises,” Mr. Collins said. Mr. Gabriel did not attend the ceremony; he is rehearsing with an orchestra for his coming tour. “He has a very genuine, legitimate excuse,” said Genesis’ bassist, Mike Rutherford.

Phish performed Genesis’ songs, while the Hollies’ vocal harmonies in their British Invasion hits “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne” were filled out by two members of Maroon 5, Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael. Mr. Levine hit the high notes for “Carrie Anne,” while Pat Monahan, from the band Train, took over lead vocals for “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.”

Graham Nash, who is already a Hall of Fame member with Crosby, Stills and Nash, chided the Hollies for having big hits after he left.

Only half of ABBA was on hand for its award, the first for a Scandinavian band: Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson, who named Swedish folk music, German schmaltz and John Philip Sousa among the group’s influences. Faith Hill belted out ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All,” with Mr. Andersson leading the backup band on piano.

Mr. Cliff, whose songs and acting in the movie “The Harder They Come” helped spread reggae far beyond Jamaica, is only the second reggae musician to join the hall, following Bob Marley. “This was a new music form,” Mr. Cliff said, “with a new culture.” He was inducted by Wyclef Jean, the Haitian rapper, singer and songwriter from the Fugees. “When we saw Jimmy Cliff we saw ourselves,” Mr. Jean said.

Mr. Cliff listed rockers as his inspirations, and said joining the hall was “another stepping stone to higher heights.” His voice was clear and buoyant as he sang “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross” and, with Mr. Jean, “The Harder They Come.”

Anxieties about the shrinking music business were a persistent undercurrent in the speeches. Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, digressing on his way to introducing the Hollies, half-joked that the business was “artistically, financially and spiritually bankrupt.”

Mr. Pop warned: “It’s a big industry. If they make the right decisions it will stay a big industry.”

David Geffen, who founded Asylum, Geffen and Dreamworks Records, joined the hall’s roster of music business executives, claiming he had never dreamed of being honored. “I have no talent,” he said with a smile.


March 16, 2010  

Iggy, Stooges roar into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

ADAM GRAHAM for the Detroit News

Literally flipping off the establishment as they took their rightful place among rock's elite, Ann Arbor's the Stooges brought a genuine punk rock spirit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday night.

Stooges frontman Iggy Pop took the podium at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel and immediately raised two middle fingers to the crowd, a nod to the band's seven prior Hall of Fame strikeouts. But he was all smiles as he accepted the honor in front of an industry crowd that included Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen and a host of others. "We won!" he exclaimed proudly, as the Stooges joined a Hall of Fame class that included Genesis, ABBA, Jimmy Cliff and the Hollies. "We didn't win a lot starting out."

Iggy was joined on stage by Stooges guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton, whom he described collectively as "the surviving Stooges." He acknowledged bassist Dave Alexander, who died in 1975, and Ron Asheton, who died last year in his Ann Arbor home.

Iggy focused his short acceptance speech on people and things he deemed "cool," including Ron Asheton; fellow counterculture rockers MC5; Danny Fields, who discovered the band; his wife; and "all the poor people who actually started rock and roll."

As he finished his speech, he began to get choked up as he spoke about the band's resurgence as a prolific touring act over the course of the last decade. "I think it was Fitzgerald who said there are no second acts in American life," he said, an audible lump building in his throat. "And this particular group of friends has had the good fortune of having a lovely, lovely second act, so thanks."

As Williamson took the mike to thank the host of musicians who have played in the Stooges over the years, Iggy stood behind him, removing his jacket and unbuttoning his shirt. He was down to just his tuxedo pants by the time the Stooges took the stage and performed "Search and Destroy," along with the group's signature song, "I Wanna Be Your Dog." On the latter, Iggy roamed into the audience, conjuring up a familiar sense of danger and stopping himself just short of throwing himself onto one of the round tables that dotted the posh ballroom. He returned to the stage and invited -- nay, dared -- members of the audience to join him and his band thrashed behind him. "C'mon, rich people! C'mon, let's get some rich ladies up here!" he squawked. "Show me you're not too rich to be cool!"

Among those who took him up on the offer were Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, who giddily jumped around the stage like a teenager at his first concert, and the members of Green Day.

It was Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong who inducted the Stooges, saying the group "symbolized the destruction of flower power and introduced us to raw power.

"When I think of the sound of war, chaos and demolition, sex, sensuality, poetry and brutal truth, I think of the Stooges," said Armstrong, who rattled off a colossal list of 75 bands he deemed descendants of the Stooges. "It's the sound of blood and guts, sex and drugs, heart and soul, love and hate, poetry and peanut butter."

Armstrong praised Iggy as "the most confrontational singer we will ever see," and also complimented him for having "the prettiest smile in the history of rock and roll."

As much as the Stooges goofed on their induction into the Hall, when Iggy flashed that smile on Monday, you could tell it was authentic. And that, too, is cool.




Iggy Pop and the Stooges add life to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony

They keep it from being a dull evening. ABBA, Genesis, the Hollies and Jimmy Cliff are among the honorees.

March 16, 2010|By Matea Gold and Randy Lewi for the LA Times

Reporting from Los Angeles and New York — Thank goodness the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters relented and allowed Iggy Pop and the Stooges into the club. Without the proto-punk rockers on hand, Monday night's awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City would have been a pretty tame affair.

This year's class of performer inductees, also including ABBA, the Hollies, Genesis and Jimmy Cliff, proved an exceedingly earnest and genuinely appreciative bunch. And then there was Iggy:

"This thing is . . . heavy," Pop said, hefting the statue he'd just been handed, then flipping two middle fingers to the crowd of designer-suited men and cocktail-dressed women looking on. "Well, roll over, Woodstock!"

Asked backstage if he has donated any memorabilia to the institution that was honoring him, Pop, having unbuttoned his shirt and flashed his bare chest for photographers, replied, "I told them where to buy all the stuff I sold for drugs in the '70s."

Also shirtless while singing Stooges' standards "Search and Destroy" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog," Pop invited -- virtually dared -- the well-heeled crowd to join him on stage, and about a dozen guests accepted the invite.

The induction of himself and the Stooges -- guitarists Ron Asheton and James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton -- "lets certain people, people who are nervous with losers, this lets them know it's cool to like us," Pop said backstage. "I didn't think they'd ever have us in that club."

This year's ceremony succeeded in broadening the hall's stylistic borders, allowing in one group many felt was long overlooked because its music wasn't serious enough (ABBA), another repeatedly bypassed in all likelihood because its music was too serious (Genesis), one band whose recordings epitomize melodic and harmonic perfection (the Hollies), another that gleefully trashed traditional notions of musicality (the Stooges) and one prime exponent of music that emerged outside the hall's defining U.S.-U.K. corridor (reggae singer Cliff).

"Reggae music is a music that was not conceived in the United States like most of the music forms that we know," a clearly emotional Cliff said following his introduction by Wyclef Jean. "So to be standing here with you today, with a [style of] music that I was part of creating, is a great honor."

Genesis drummer-turned-frontman Phil Collins also made note of the breakthrough his group's entrance into the hall represents for the progressive-rock wing of pop music that had been largely shut out during the hall's first 25 years.

"For people to come out and own up that they like what we do was very interesting, because we don't get a lot of that," Collins told reporters backstage. "It's very nice to accept music generally, rather than just rock 'n' roll," he added, raising his voice and punching his fist in the air to punctuate the final words.

Rockers laid down with the pop acts, as exemplified by E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt's acknowledgment of ABBA's influence on pop music.

"At first you wouldn't think of them as a rock band," he said backstage. "But they were just so good. . . . There's a certain spirit of rock 'n' roll that goes through pop, that goes through hip hop. Rock 'n' roll is really the great common ground."

Van Zandt gave the evening's most erudite and impassioned speech in bringing the Hollies into the Hall of Fame, speaking to the transformative power of music, as well as pointed comments about the state of the industry.

"It can be disappointing for some to see the business now that it's become pretty much artistically, financially and spiritually bankrupt," Van Zandt said. "There are a lot of good new bands out there, and hopefully we can create an infrastructure to support them."

Several of the honorees had to contend with schedule conflicts that kept some members away. Genesis' original lead singer Peter Gabriel, two of the four members of ABBA and two members of the original lineup of the Hollies missed the event, as did songwriter Jeff Barry, whose flight was canceled, forcing him to e-mail his acceptance speech to Van Zandt to accept on his behalf.

Others were honored posthumously, among them Stooges guitarist Asheton, who died last year, and songwriters Ellie Greenwich, Otis Blackwell, Mort Shuman and Jesse Stone.

Among the non-performers, record mogul David Geffen was inducted by Jackson Browne, who saluted the man who first signed him to Asylum Records as a music executive with "soul and taste and courage and integrity. . . . He made us feel the most worthwhile thing you could do was write a song. I still feel that way."

Geffen responded with a self-deprecating speech in which he confessed to having "no talent at all, expect that I could recognize and enjoy it in others."

Carole King collectively inducted her songwriting peers at the fabled Brill Building, including the teams of Barry and Greenwich, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil as well as early rock-R&B songwriters Blackwell, Shuman and Stone.

"From the bottom of my heart, sincerely and with the greatest humility," Weil said during her turn at the microphone, "I thought you'd never ask."

The ceremony -- which ran past four hours, and that was before the all-hands-on-deck salute/jam session on the songs of the inducted songwriters -- was telecast on the Fuse cable channel.




February 28, 2010, 7:00 AM ET
The Wall Street Journal

Tibet Benefit Concert: Iggy Pop, Patti Smith Rock Out at Cargenie Hall

Performances by Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Gogol Bordello brought the crowd at Carnegie Hall to its feet on Friday night, as the musicians took part in the 20th annual Tibet House benefit.

The concerts, whose musical acts are organized by composer and Tibet House Vice President Philip Glass, are scheduled to coincide with the Tibetan New Year and bring in anywhere from $100,000 to $250,00 for the nonprofit group every year.

The evening began with chanting from several Drepung Gomang Monastery monks, followed by comments from Glass about the difficulty in finalizing a final roster of performers every year given all the participants’ busy schedules. Next, Robert A. F. Thurman, the president and one of the co-founders Tibet House, likened the Tibetan people to the Na’vi, the blue, cat-like aliens featured in James Cameron’s sci-fi film “Avatar.” He noted that both groups of individuals deserved and needed saving, and repeated the film’s catch phrase “I see you” for double effect.

Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew kicked off the evening’s musical performances, and were followed by Glass on the piano, the Irish songwriter Pierce Turner, the Scorchio String Quartet, Regina Spektor, and Tenzin Kunsel, a Tibetan refugee who moved to the United States in 2003 as an 8-year-old.

The highlights of the evening were the musicians who brought the audience to its feet and got them dancing in the aisles. Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello’s electrifying performance elicited shrieks from the audience, many of whom began running down the Carnegie Hall aisles to crowd the stage area at lead singer Eugene Hutz’s feet. He ended the set by proclaiming, “Beautiful house, beautiful cause.”

The crowd was also energized by Patti Smith’s songs, starting with a cover of the O’Jay’s “Love Train” and ending on her hit “Gloria.” Smith later introduced “sacred veteran” and 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with the Stooges) Iggy Pop, who immediately launched into “The Passenger” and yes, relieved himself of his shirt. He also dove off the stage and crowd surfed for a bit — not a frequent occurrence at Carnegie Hall, we’re guessing.

The benefit ended with all of the night’s performers reappearing on stage to perform Smith’s ”People Have the Power” — an appropriate song to close out any concert with a cause. Said Smith, “All cultures deserve to be remembered.”

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Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Share Stage at Tibet House Benefit

Iggy Pop could arguably be the first-ever performer in the history of New York's legendary Carnegie Hall to take off his shirt on stage and later dive into the audience. Those were some of the highlights from Friday night's Tibet House U.S. 20th Annual Benefit Concert, which also featured Patti Smith, Regina Spektor and others.

Pop, who will officially be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Stooges on Mar. 15, was the last headliner of the evening to take the stage. Looking agile as ever with his moves and physique, Pop defied the usual Carnegie Hall stage etiquette and rocked the crowd with his performances of 'The Passenger,' 'Mass Production' and 'I Wanna Be Your Dog.'

Preceding him was another legend, Patti Smith, who began her brief set with a cover of the O'Jays' classic 'Love Train.' That was followed by the moving 'Beneath the Southern Cross' and an electrifying rendition of 'Gloria.'

Earlier in the concert, singer Regina Spektor sat behind the piano to perform three songs: 'Apres Moi,' 'The Sword and the Pen' and 'Laughing With.' Another musical guest, the New York-based gypsy punk ensemble Gogol Bordello, delivered some passionate folk-inspired rock.

Other performers at the show included composer and pianist Philip Glass (who was also the concert's artistic director), singer-pianist Pierce Turner, pianist Jesse Smith (Patti Smith's daughter) and percussionist Michael Campbell, Sierra Leone group Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, the Scorchio String Quartet, and young Tibetan vocalist Tenzin Kunsel. The evening began with an invocation by the Drepung Monastery monks.

The annual concert, which occurs during the Tibetan New Year, supports Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization whose aim is to protect Tibetan culture. Previous performers have included Paul Simon, David Bowie, R.E.M., David Byrne and Vampire Weekend.

At the end of Friday's show, all the performers came out on stage to join Patti Smith as she sang 'People Have the Power.' "We are here to spend time with one another," Smith said, "and to remember we are working together to help preserve the Tibetan culture. All cultures deserved to be remembered. So now let's remember the present."

Iggy Pop on AOL Music
Patti Smith on AOL Music


Pictures and article from According to G here!


Rock Hall, 'Raw Power' To Start New Three-Year Stooges Cycle
February 19, 2010

Iggy Pop is eyeballing "a three-year cycle" for the current incarnation of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-bound the Stooges that will include the expanded re-release of 1973's seminal "Raw Power" album, touring and quite likely some new recording.

"We'll give it a good, sharp poke for the next three years and then step back and see where we are, see what we can do with it after that," Pop tells Billboard.com. "After that we should step back and pick our shots once in awhile. Hopefully we can be like something that convenes for certain occasions."

In the wake of founding guitarist Ron Asheton's death in January of 2008, Pop rekindled his relationship with James Williamson, who joined the group in 1971 and was Pop's chief collaborator on "Raw Power." Original drummer Scott "Rock Action" Asheton remains, as does bassist Mike Watt, who's been a Stooge since the group's 2003 reactivation, and saxophonist Steve Mackay. Pop says he expects the band -- which played a November "warm-up date" in Brazil -- to do "not more than about three months" on the road this year; 25 shows are already booked, he says, starting April 14 in Bourges, France, and including a Sept. 3 performance of "Raw Power" at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Monticello, N.Y.

"This year will probably heavier on the international (dates)," Pop says. "We haven't booked farther in the States because right now the world has made better offers...But I'm certain that sometime within the cycle we will do a proper U.S. tour as long as no one else expires or breaks. I'll see to that."

Pop also hopes to do some recording with the current Stooges lineup and is already in the midst of writing new material. "Once I stared working with Ron and Scott again," Pop explains, "it was important to me intellectually that the group be resurrected, not just reunified. So that meant we had to be writing and releasing new material." He's working on some ideas that the Ashetons cooked up shortly before Ron's death -- including one song about the Three Stooges -- while Williamson, who's resumed his music career after retiring from Sony Electronics, "is already on me like a greased cat. He's sending me riffs, so I did some vocals to a couple of them and it's starting to sound like something."

Pop says he'd also like to consider recording heavily bootlegged Stooges songs that were rejected by record labels between 1970's "Fun House" and "Raw Power" and also material written after the latter was released. "Ultimately I'd like to get into the studio with the group and maybe have a couple old songs, a couple new songs and then a little time to just jam and see what happens," Pop says.

The Stooges -- joined by "Raw Power" era touring member Scott Thurston, now of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers -- will perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 15 in New York City. "Raw Power" comes out in two versions -- a two-CD Legacy Edition with a "George Peaches" live recording and a three-CD/one DVD Deluxe Edition with a rarities disc and documentary -- on April 13. Williamson, meanwhile, is remixing the post-Stooges "Kill City" album he and Pop recorded in 1975 and released in 1977 for reissue later this yearr.

Iggy Pop planning to follow 'Raw Power' shows with new material
Singer says he might resurrect older songs to record too
February 22, 2010

Iggy Pop has said that he is planning to record new material with The Stooges following their forthcoming 'Raw Power' live dates and album reissue.

The singer also said that he's toying with the idea of recording older songs that were never officially released by the band, but have popped up on bootlegs over the years.

Pop told Billboard that guitarist James Williamson, who recently re-joined The Stooges and played on 'Raw Power' (released in 1973 and being reissued this year) "is already on me like a greased cat. He's sending me riffs, so I did some vocals to a couple of them and it's starting to sound like something".

He also explained that some new material the band would work on was started while Ron Asheton, the guitarist who passed away last year, was still part of the set-up.

Speaking of resurrecting songs originally written in the '70s but never officially released, he added: "Ultimately I'd like to get into the studio with the group and maybe have a couple old songs, a couple new songs and then a little time to just jam and see what happens."

The band are set to play 'Raw Power' over what Pop called a "three-year cycle" starting this year, including a show at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, which takes place in Minehead on May 7-9.



2.11.10 Press Release from Sony Music




• Original 8-song, 34-minute album with “Search and Destroy,” “Raw Power”
• Full-length one-hour show at Richards in Atlanta, October 1973 – plus two previously unreleased bonus tracks from album sessions and rehearsals
• Booklet with essays by U.S. and UK journalists, plus introductions
by Iggy, James Williamson, and Scott Asheton
• LEGACY EDITION available at both physical and digital retail outlets starting April 13, 2010, through Columbia/Legacy

RAW POWER: DELUXE EDITION 4-disc package (in 7-inch square slipcase):
• Original album (CD One) and Richards show plus bonus tracks (CD Two)
• CD Three: Rarities, Outtakes, & Alternates from the Raw Power Era
• Disc Four – DVD : The Making of Raw Power documentary
• 48-page softcover book adds essay by Henry Rollins; photographs by Mick Rock, Robert Matheu & more; testimonials by Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Tom Morello & more
• Five exquisite 5x7-inch prints, suitable for framing
• Japanese pic-sleeve 45 single repro: “Raw Power” b/w “Search And Destroy”
• DELUXE EDITION available EXCLUSIVELY through www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com <http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com/>  <http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com/>  in advance of April 27th release date

ON TOUR 2010: April 14th and 16th in France;
May 2-3rd at HMV Hammer­smith Apollo in London; August 7th in Stockholm;
and 3rd annual “All Tomorrow's Parties” festival in Monticello ,NY, September 3rd

“I always liked Raw Power.  A lot.  I knew that not a lot of other people would like it at the time it was made, but what could I do?  Seeing it re-released yet again on Sony Legacy is deeply satisfying.  The Stooges and I are cocked and loaded to follow up and deliver it live on stage in 2010.”                                                                                                                                                       – Iggy Pop

A work-in-progress for decades (and decades), with search-and-recovery efforts in studios and archives on both sides of the Atlantic – pays off in 2010 with a box-load of previously unreleased recordings by Iggy and the Stooges from the Raw Power “era” of 1972-73 – including a full-length nightclub concert in Atlanta whose excerpts have been among the most bootlegged rock relix of all time.

The renaissance of interest and curiosity surrounding Raw Power – the album that almost single-handedly detonated the punk-rock movement in the next few years after its release – could not have arrived at a more appropriate time.  The Stooges are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at ceremonies in New York City on Monday, March 15, 2010.

On April 13th, the waters will part for the double-disc RAW POWER: LEGACY EDITION, the newest entry in Legacy’s prestigious series of multi-disc packages.  Following the Legacy Edition by two weeks, RAW POWER: DELUXE EDITION -- a fully-packed 7-inch square slipcase box set containing three audio CDs, a DVD docu­mentary, a 48-page book, five 5x7-inch prints, and a bonus 7-inch 45 rpm picture sleeve single – will be released exclusively through www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com <http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com/>  <http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com/> .  (This distribution mode was used most recently for the special collectable AC/DC Backtracks guitar amplifier box set.)  Pre-orders are being taken now in advance of the April 27th release date.

Both the DELUXE EDITION and LEGACY EDITION are produced by Iggy Pop, Bruce Dickinson, and Robert Matheu.  Dickinson is a 15-year Legacy veteran who has produced projects for the company ranging from Cheap Trick, the Clash and Bob Dylan, to John Cale, Mott The Hoople, Peter Tosh, Patti Smith, Blue Öyster Cult, and dozens of others.  

Also working closely with Iggy is Matheu, author of last year’s definitive The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story (Abrams).  Named official Stoogeologist by the band, Matheu has been archiving and chronicling their history ever since his teenage years as a music photographer in Detroit, where he attended the earliest Stooges shows.  His work has appeared in Playboy, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Mojo, as well as on over 200 albums, including the Stooges' 2007 reunion album, The Weirdness.  

Raw Power

At the core of both the DELUXE EDITION box set and LEGACY EDITION is the original Raw Power album by Iggy and the Stooges (James Williamson on guitars, the late Ron Asheton on bass, Scott Asheton on drums), as iconic and influential a rock record as has ever seen light of day in our lifetimes, with its unforgettable Mick Rock photography on the front and back.  Nearly four decades after its release on Columbia Records in February 1973, the eight-song, 34-minute sonic blitzkrieg – source of “Search And Destroy,” “Gimme Danger,” “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell,” “Penetration,” “Raw Power,” “I Need Somebody,” “Shake Appeal,” and “Death Trip” – is still capable of causing ears to bleed and hearts to flutter.  

This Raw Power CD restores the original release – as it was produced in the fall of 1972 at CBS Studios in London by Iggy Pop, and mixed in Hollywood by David Bowie.  This 2010 version is newly remastered by Grammy®-winning Sony Music engineer Mark Wilder, and should finally put the lie to years of stigma attached to Bowie’s mixes.  As Dickinson points out, “Bowie’s mixes were at the mercy of old-school mastering engineers in 1972 who, quite simply, had never heard anything like Raw Power before, and their final eq proved it.”  With Wilder on board, Bowie’s mixes, unjustly skewered, now turn out to be up-to-the-task and beyond.

(In 1996, Iggy finally acknowledged those criticisms of the album’s sound and accepted Legacy’s invitation to personally remix Raw Power.  “Everything’s still in the red, it’s a very violent mix,” Iggy said at the time.  “The proof’s in the pudding.”  That single-CD configuration of Raw Power has been a perennial catalog staple for Sony Music around the world ever since its release in 1997, and will stay in-print in Legacy’s Original Album Classics series.)

“Georgia Peaches”

Also featuring on the DELUXE EDITION and LEGACY EDITION is disc two, titled “Georgia Peaches,” a one-hour performance at Atlanta’s notorious rock club Richards in October 1973 where Iggy and the Stooges played three or four nights, two sets each night, with one long set on Friday and Saturday nights.  Many collectors (including Matheu and Dick­in­son) were in possession of various heavily-edited shards from Richards, as much as a half-hour’s worth on cassette.  

After the Stooges reunion got underway in 2003, Ron Asheton made Matheu aware of a Richards cassette he had stored away.  Matheu employed due diligence and his sleuthing led him to Joe Neil, the original recordist of ‘Sam’s Tape Truck’ parked outside Richards (who now runs an archive house and digital recording facility in Atlanta called Doppler Studios).  Many, many shows were recorded at Richards for the top labels, for use on syndicated radio shows like King Biscuit Flower Hour.  But radio was never ready for Iggy and the Stooges, and so the original pristine board tapes languished from 1973 on.  Their discovery on Joe Neil’s desk is akin to the Rosetta Stone of Iggy and the Stooges missing links.

A few of the album’s songs were still in the set by the time they played Richards – “Raw Power,” “Gimme Danger,” “Search And Destroy,” “I Need Somebody” – but as Matheu observes, “They weren’t just going out and playing the Raw Power album in its entirety.  They were constantly writing new songs and updating the setlist with new songs, always thinking forward.”  So the other four “Georgia Peaches” songs – “Head On,” “Heavy Liquid,” “Cock In My Pocket,” and “Open Up And Bleed” – would all be part of the set by the time Iggy and the Stooges were in their final stages together as a band five months later, back home at the Michigan Palace in February 1974, as first documented on the Metallic KO album.  

The “Georgia Peaches” disc concludes with two previously unreleased bonus tracks.  The first was part of a long studio jam that originated as an outtake from the Raw Power recording sessions, and was titled “Doojiman” because of its island jungle vibe.  The second version of “Head On” originated in 1973, when Iggy and the Stooges were holed up at CBS Studios in New York City, rehearsing for their upcoming gig at Max’s Kansas City in advance of their U.S. tour.

The “Georgia Peaches” set (which took its name from one of Iggy’s rants at the Southern crowd) features West Coast journeyman pianist Scott Thurston in the Stooges lineup.  He was “discovered” by Williamson in Los Angeles, soon after the widely-bootlegged Whisky A GoGo engagement, when the Stooges pianist Bob Sheff (who had been in the Prime Movers with Iggy) decided to leave.  Thurston stayed with the Stooges until the bitter end in ’74.


RAW POWER: LEGACY EDITION will include a 24-page standard CD-size booklet chronicling the evolution of Iggy and the Stooges, and the album’s creation. Two essays go into extensive detail on the history of the band, their associations with Elektra and then Columbia Records, Iggy’s recruitment into Tony DeFries’ MainMan Management stable that also included David Bowie, Mott The Hoople, and Lou Reed, the album production in London and its influence on rockers from Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Brian James (the Damned), and Mick Jones (the Clash), to Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Henry Rollins, and Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) – to name a few!

The first essay, titled “The Stooges’ Supernova Death Trip Revisited,” was written by British journalist Kris Needs, and focuses on Iggy’s sojourn in London, the Mainman situation, and his import of Williamson and then the Asheton brothers to work on the new album.  Needs started running the Mott The Hoople fan club for MainMan in 1972, going on to edit original fanzine ZIGZAG between 1977-82, while writing for numerous publications from then until present, including NME, Sniffin’Glue, Creem and, most recently, MOJO and Record Collector.  He has also written books on the Clash, New York Dolls and Keith Richards, among others.

The second essay in the LEGACY EDITION booklet, titled “Raw Power Got A Son Called Rock ’N’ Roll,” was written by veteran Michigan journalist Brian J. Bowe, who has written extensively about the Stooges.  He focuses on the American side of things – the Stooges origins in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and New York City; their return to the U.S. after recording in London; Richards in Atlanta; and a coda that brings the story full circle to 2010.

The LEGACY EDITION booklet also includes personal introductions written by survivors Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, and James Williamson (who returned to the lineup after Ron’s death on January 6, 2009).  They continue to tour as Iggy and the Stooges, with bassist Mike Watt (formerly of the Minutemen and Columbia group fIREHOSE) and saxophonist Steve Mackay.  


As explained, RAW POWER: DELUXE EDITION will include the same discs one and two.  And then the fun begins.  Disc three, titled Rarities, Outtakes, & Alternates from the Raw Power Era, comprises eight tracks from various sources, five of which are previously unreleased.  Two of these are outtakes from the Raw Power sessions, songs that do not appear anywhere else in the Stooges canon: “I’m Hungry” (which evolved into “Penetration”) and “Hey, Peter” (the latter conceptually unrelated to anything on Raw Power).  

Two songs are from an early aborted Raw Power session, “I Got A Right” (which became an Iggy and the Stooges staple and has been covered by dozens of bands) and “I’m Sick Of You” (another staple, whose version here was previously issued on a rare Bomp EP in 1977).  Two more tracks are Iggy’s “violent” alternate mixes of “Gimme Danger” and “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell,” from the 1997 Columbia/Legacy Raw Power reissue.

Background on two more tracks:  Raw Power was cut from the Columbia U.S. catalog within a year or so after its release, but had reappeared on the CBS UK budget-line Embassy Records line, “by popular demand” of Brits at the dawn of the punk rock era.  Matheu began importing copies to the Peaches record store he managed in Detroit.  He immediately noticed the Embassy LP and cassette mixes of “Raw Power” and “Search And Destroy” were different than the U.S. mixes he knew.

Three decades later, Matheu informed Dickinson of the Embassy issue, and Dickinson contacted Richard Bowe at the Sony UK archive.  They were able to find the original tapes – now known as the Embassy Reels – which did, indeed, have different codes and matrix numbers on them.  As Dickinson began transcribing the Embassy Reels, it wasn’t just “Raw Power” and “Search And Destroy” that were different, it was a completely alternate mix for the whole album.  The alternate mixes of “Shake Appeal” and “Death Trip” on this Rarities CD are some of the fruits of that search.

Disc four of the DELUXE EDITION is a new 30-minute documentary DVD, The Making Of Raw Power, pro­duced and directed by Morgan Neville.  It will include interviews with Iggy Pop, James William­son, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt, Johnny Marr, and Henry Rollins, plus electrifying performance footage of James Williamson’s first performance with Iggy and the Stooges in 30 years (!) at Festival Planeta Terra in São Paulo, Brazil, November 2009.  Neville has worked – as producer, executive producer, director, writer – on a score of document­aries for television over the last 15 years, among them: Johnny Cash's America (2008), The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008), Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story (2007), Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (2004), Muddy Waters Can't Be Satisfied (2003), Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll (2000), Brian Wilson: A Beach Boy's Tale (1999), Nat King Cole: Loved in Return (1998), and many others.

The final audio element of the DELUXE EDITION is a faithful reproduction of a rare Japanese picture-sleeve 45 rpm single, “Raw Power” b/w “Search And Destroy.”  The U.S. single was “Search And Destroy” b/w “Penetration,” and Dickin­son found single mixes with different eq’s for all three songs in the Sony vaults.  White label promo copies of the U.S. 45 are widely found, but original copies of the Japanese pic sleeve single can command hundreds of dollars at auction.

Adding to the DELUXE EDITION is the stunning 48-page softcover 7-inch square book that accompanies the box set.  In addition to the same two essays and introductions that appear in the LEGACY EDITION booklet, the box set book adds a new 1100-word essay by Henry Rollins, as well as testimonials about the enduring legacy of Raw Power from Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Tom Morello, Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), Jim Reid (Jesus & Mary Chain) and more.  The book’s essence, however, is the wealth of photography inside – from the collections of Mick Rock and Robert Matheu, among others.  Also included in the box set are five exquisitely printed 5x7-inch photographs, suitable for framing.

“Raw Power,” writes James Williamson, “was the confluence of the Stooges’ ages, hormones, creativity, ability, experience, tastes, lack of supervision, contempt for authority and ambition to achieve our rock dreams however unrealistic they might be.  The songs from Raw Power were written from deep within our souls and were played with a meaningfulness and authenticity which is rarely captured on record.”

(Columbia/Legacy 88697 56149 2)

Disc One: RAW POWER (recorded September-October 1972, originally issued February 1973, as Columbia 32111) Selections: 1. Search And Destroy • 2. Gimme Danger • 3. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell • 4. Penetration • 5. Raw Power • 6. I Need Somebody • 7. Shake Appeal • 8. Death Trip.  

Disc Two: “Georgia Peaches” (Live At Richards, Atlanta, Georgia, October 1973, all tracks previously unreleased)  Selections: 1. Introduction • 2. Raw Power • 3. Head On • 4. Gimme Danger • 5. Search And Destroy • 6. I Need Somebody • 7. Heavy Liquid • 8. Cock In My Pocket • 9. Open Up And Bleed • Bonus tracks: 10. Doojiman (previously unreleased outtake from Raw Power sessions, 1972) • 11. Head On (previously unreleased CBS Studio rehearsal performance, New York City, 1973).


(Columbia/Legacy 88697 65714 2)

Disc One: RAW POWER (recorded September-October 1972, originally issued February 1973, as Columbia 32111) Selections: 1. Search And Destroy • 2. Gimme Danger • 3. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell • 4. Penetration • 5. Raw Power • 6. I Need Somebody • 7. Shake Appeal • 8. Death Trip.  

Disc Two: “Georgia Peaches” (Live At Richards, Atlanta, Georgia, October 1973, all tracks previously unreleased)  Selections: 1. Introduction • 2. Raw Power • 3. Head On • 4. Gimme Danger • 5. Search And Destroy • 6. I Need Somebody • 7. Heavy Liquid • 8. Cock In My Pocket • 9. Open Up And Bleed • Bonus tracks: 10. Doojiman (previously unreleased outtake from Raw Power sessions, 1972) • 11. Head On (previously unreleased CBS Studio rehearsal performance, New York City, 1973).

Disc Three: Rarities, Outtakes, & Alternates from the Raw Power Era Selections: 1. I’m Hungry (outtake from Raw Power sessions) • 2. I Got A Right (outtake from an early aborted Raw Power session) • 3. I’m Sick Of You (outtake from an early aborted Raw Power session) • 4. Hey, Peter (out­take from Raw Power sessions) • 5. Shake Appeal (alternate mix version from recently discovered alternate mix reels, “The Embassy Reels”) • 6. Death Trip (alternate mix version from recently discovered alternate mix reels, “The Embassy Reels”) • 7. Gimme Danger (alternate mix from the 1996 Iggy “violent” remixes) • 8. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell (alternate mix from the 1996 Iggy “violent” remixes).  (All tracks previously unreleased except tracks 3, 7, and 8.)

Disc Four: DVD – The Making Of Raw Power, produced and directed by Morgan Neville (featuring interviews with Iggy Pop, James Williamson, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt, Johnny Marr, and Henry Rollins; plus performance footage from James Williamson’s first reunion concert with Iggy and the Stooges, at Festival Planeta Terra, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2009).

Bonus Japanese 7-inch 45 rpm single reproduction: Side One – “Raw Power” b/w Side Two – “Search And Destroy”

Randy Haecker at Legacy Media Relations, Randy.Haecker@sonymusic.com <mailto:Randy.Haecker@sonymusic.com>

Tom Cording at Legacy Media Relations, Tom.Cording@sonymusic.com <mailto:Tom.Cording@sonymusic.com>



Iggy and the Stooges Reveal Bonuses on “Raw Power” Box Set

2/9/10, 5:05 pm EST
by daniel Krepps

Iggy and the Stooges’ 1973 classic Raw Power will be reissued April 27th as a Deluxe Edition box set complete with three discs worth of music featuring 15 previously unreleased bonuses — never-before-heard tracks, demos and remixes. One of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Raw Power was the first Stooges album to feature James Williamson on guitar in place of the great Ron Asheton, who switched to bass. The LP spawned the punk anthems “Search and Destroy” and “Gimme Danger.” As Rolling Stone previously reported, the Stooges, who will be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, will celebrate their third album by performing the whole LP in concert.

Five decades of Raw Power: The Stooges in photos.

The first disc of the box set will contain the newly remastered Raw Power, featuring David Bowie’s original mix for the album that was previously out of print, while the second disc boasts the Georgia Peaches bootleg, comprised of an unreleased soundboard recording of a 1973 concert the Stooges performed in Atlanta, Georgia. Two more unreleased songs will grace the second disc: An Iggy Pop/James Williamson-penned outtake called “Doojiman” and a rehearsal performance of “Head On.” The third disc features four more outtakes — “I’m Hungry,” “I Got a Right,” “I’m Sick of You” and “Hey, Peter” — and alternate mixes of four tracks: “Shake Appeal,” “Death Trip” “Gimme Danger” and “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.”

The Raw Power: Deluxe Edition box set also includes a new hour-long making-of Raw Power documentary, a 48-page photo book and a replica of the 1973 Japanese “Raw Power” 7” single. The box set will only be available through the Iggy and the Stooges Website.

Read more about the Stooges’ road to the Rock Hall:

Iggy Pop Speaks Out About “Raw Power” Gigs, New Stooges Music
Q&A: The Stooges’ Iggy Pop

Daniel Kreps


Uncut Magazine interview with James Williamson. February 2010

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Heather Harris' coverage of the Ron Asheton Jam held at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California. Janueary 13, 2010:
Fast Films Blog - Heather Harris Photography




Live review: Ron Asheton tribute at the Roxy
Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog

January 14, 2010 |  1:25 pm

The Roxy was still mostly empty Wednesday afternoon when Leanna Asheton picked up her cell, a little nervous about the night's tribute to her uncle, the late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. Many players hadn't yet arrived, including her father, Stooges drummer Scott Asheton.

"Would you do me a big favor," she said into the phone, "and pick up my dad?" Doors were set to open soon, and as musicians and crew set up equipment, saxophonist Steve Mackay called out from stage to Stooges guitarist James Williamson. "Hey, James! Soundcheck?" as he playfully hit a single, relentless E note repeatedly on a keyboard, recreating the intense melody of "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

Soon, the night erupted with a three-hour concert of short sets by newer punk and garage acts and the surviving Stooges (currently in rehearsals for a 2010 tour), minus singer Iggy Pop. They were joined at times by former Stooges keyboardist Scott Thurston and drummers Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction, among others.

The youngest acts were particularly well-chosen by Leanna Asheton, 18, who organized the show and picked dangerous up-and-coming artists with an inflamed attitude, an especially appropriate tribute to her uncle, whose intense guitar-work helped pave the way for generations of punk and alternative rock.

Billy Boy On Poison ripped up "Search and Destroy," igniting garage rock riffs as singer Davis LeDuke stood twitchy and restless behind the microphone. Night Horse opened with the cranked-up stomp of "Angel Eyes," and dedicated its set not only to Asheton but to young garage-rock singer Jay Reatard, who died earlier in the day.

The Entrance Band unleashed a rumbling wall of noise, veering from protopunk and into throbbing psychedelia. "The Ashetons -- great heroes of rock 'n' roll," said Entrance singer-guitarist Guy Blakeslee from the stage, playing his Jazzmaster left-handed and upside-down. "This is all for Ron. I wouldn't have this guitar if it wasn't for that man."

The club wasn't sold out, but had a large enough crowd for an exceptional good time. Any proceeds from the show were set for the Los Angeles Animal Welfare Trust Fund, in honor of Ron's love for his many cats and dogs. "He liked animals way more than he ever liked people," Leanna said.

Things went off the rails during an extended rendition of "No Fun," with Smith behind the drums and Mackay on sax, when singer Mike Jtone of Circus Boy slipped into a clumsy punk-rock trance, tumbling across the stage and knocked over Mackay's keyboard. Bassist Steve Baise then fell, chest-out, into the photographers up front.

As the song ended, Mackay gave Jtone a prominent middle finger, and Baise told he crowd, "This is for Ron, this isn't for you losers." Soon enough, Perkins was flailing behind the drums as current Stooges bassist (and punk icon) Mike Watt shouted "I Feel Alright" and "1969" from the gut with absolute joy and muscle, as Thurston slashed ragged riffs on guitar.

When the tribute concert was nearly over, Perkins was backstage with Leanna, already reliving his quick set with Watt, Mackay and Thurston, marveling at the bassist's depth of feeling: "Watt was leading all of us." Then Leanna heard her father hitting the beat of "TV Eye," and said, "I wanna see this band," and hurried back downstairs.

Perkins was right behind her.

--Steve Appleford

BROTHER: Scott Asheton plays at the show. Ron was found dead Jan. 6. Credit: Jay L. Clendein / Los Angeles Times

MUSICAL PROGENY: Sam James Velde of Night Horse sings during the concert dedicated to the late Ron Asheton. Credit: Jay L. Clendein / Los Angeles Times



New Stooges dates: Oslo and Carnegie Hall benefit for Tibet House

Iggy and the Stooges:
Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway,
August 11, 2010

Tibet House US Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Friday, February 26, 2010
To date confirmed artists include:
Artistic Director - Philip Glass
Gogol Bordello
Baaba Maal
Iggy Pop
Patti Smith
Regina Spektor
Pierce Turner

Concert tickets are on sale now for $35-$85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Please note: Concert-only tickets are not available through Tibet House US.
Tickets for the concert and post-show dinner are only available through Tibet House US. For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and reception call Tibet House U.S. at 212.807.0563. We are expecting other artists to join the line-up soon. Please check tibethouse.org regularly as updates will be regularly posted.









(editors's note: James may be there despite having to be in Anaheim early the next morning for the NAMM show)


Ranked #29 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Ron Asheton, axeman for The Stooges, was punk’s most revered player.  To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his passing, friends, family and fans will gather on Wednesday, January 13 at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles for the ‘Jam For Ron Asheton—A Tribute to the Late Guitarist of The Stooges.’

Organized by Leanna Asheton, Ron’s 18 year-old niece, the evening will feature performances by Clem Burke, Derek Stanton, Circus Boy and Night Horse.  A massive jam session with Scott Asheton, Mike Watt and Steve Mackay of The Stooges, Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal) and others will close out the night.

Tickets for the ‘Jam For Ron Asheton’ now are available for $20.00 via The Roxy box office or at www.theroxyonsunset.com

Connect with THE ROXY

Twitter: @theroxy







Opened in 1973, The Roxy Theatre is Sunset Strip’s premier music venue.  The intimate 7,500 square foot room has played host to everyone from Bob Marley to MSTRKRFT.  Independently owned and operated, The Roxy is known for it’s eclectic, must-see line-ups that have included debut gigs from Gnarls Barkley, Mickey Avalon and the first (and only) LA club performance by Amy Winehouse, landmark performances from icons like Dolly Parton, The Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan, plus recent shows from Them Crooked Vultures, AFI, Wolfmother, Flo Rida, Mika, Keane and many more.  The Roxy is the #1 club on Twitter.

 For more information on The Roxy Theatre, contact:
Alexandra Greenberg or Angela Villanueva at MSO, 818 380 0400
agreenberg@msopr.com / avillanueva@msopr.com


"Legendary rocker Iggy Pop returns to British TV screens to reveal Little Iggy in a new £30 million advertising campaign for motor insurer swiftcover.com. The adverts, following on from last years controversial campaign, features Iggy and his alter-ego an impatient, chaos causing, mini-me Iggy Pop puppet created by the puppeteers behind the legendary Spitting Image." (Creativematch)



Dire McCain of Paraphilia Magazine is at it agai: this time a slew of audio files interviewing James Williamson --
"What ensued after “THE INTERVIEW” – the final segment of a three-hour conversation, a chinwag over the third course. The sound quality is a bit rough, but if you’re game, then climb aboard, kiddies... "

And Heather Harris too -- her shot of James for NAMM and Blackstar.



03.15.10:  Iggy and the Stooges to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, Waldorf Astoria, NYC!
Read Rolling Stones' coverage:  

Iggy Pop on His "Emotional Reaction" to the Stooges' Hall of Fame Induction here.

The Stooges, Genesis, ABBA Lead the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2010 here.

12.13.09: Hardware Promos & Exclusive New Iggy Interview

When Hardware writer/director Richard Stanley assembled his not-quite-yet-apocalyptic masterpiece, he realized his vision would be incomplete without cameos from two musical heroes. So when Severin began to assemble their advertising strategy for the Hardware DVD & Blu-Ray, we realized that their participation was equally and absolutely mandatory. Following two epic negotiations spearheaded by Sev Barrister Carl Daft, Iggy and Lemmy’s services were secured for separate, exclusive online promotions. Read more here, see exclusive new interview with Iggy, plus videos of his character "Angry Bob" and Lemmy of Motorhead. Speaking of Lemmy they will be sharing the same bil this August at the Sonisphere Festival in the UK... and maybe more!


Iggy's "White Christmas" as released by Cleopatra Records
click cover below

Updated 2010 concert calender for Iggy and the Stooges:

    04.16.10:    Iggy and the Stooges: Festival Des Artefacts, Zénith de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France Tickets
    04.17.10:    Iggy and the Stooges: Zénith, Lille, France. Tickets

5.02/03.10:    Iggy and the Stooges: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK. TICKETS on sale NOW! 

TBA 8.?.10:    Iggy and the Stooges: Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth, UK
TBA 8.?.10:    Iggy and the Stooges: Sonisphere Festival, Sweden tix on sale 12.14.09!
TBA 8.?.10:    Iggy and the Stooges: Sonisphere Festival, Finland tix on sale 12.14.09!

    09.03.10:    Iggy and the Stooges: ATP, Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello, NY Tickets

James Williamson opens E-Store

Tees, Tanks (modeled by Dire McCain and Kristi Kremes - each comes with a bonus pick and autographed picture by Heather Harris and free worldwide shipping.) Picks come with autpgraphed picture and free shipping.

Store here!


11.14.09: New Stooges' concert date! 4.16.10: Zénith de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

Spin review of Planeta Terra Stooges' show here. available

Lengthy and insightful interview with James Williamson by Mike Watt on the "Watt From Pedro Show," podcast available here.

11.11.09: The Miami Book Fair: Iggy and Matheu, Saturday, November 14, 2009

2 articles: Interview with Iggy in the November issue of Miami's Ocean Drive magazine. He talks about Robert Matheu's new Stooges photo collection, his move from NY to South Beach, and the enduring power of denim: http://www.oceandrive.com/hybrid/archives/2009_10/magiccity/OD_NOV09_078_MAG.html



11.10.09:The Planeta Terra Festival 2009 - now online

The entire Stooges' Planeta Terra 2009 set, in order from the beginning song "Raw Power" to the last "Lust For Life" and post show interview: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.channel&ContributorId=41158650

Much Thanks to Rod Bell, "the studio guy."


For those of you using an iPhone, view here, altho its not in setlst order.


11.8.09: The Planeta Terra Festival 2009

Videos from the November. 7. 2009 Planeta Terra show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Listed not in setlist order, but in order of best video and audio quality,** denotes live feed from Festival site, professional quality.


1. Raw Power
2. Kill City**
3. Search & Destroy**
4. Gimme Danger**
5. Cock In My Pocket
6. Shake Appeal**
7. Loose
8. 1970**
9. Fun House**
10. Night Theme**
11. Skull Ring**
12. Johanna**
13. I Got A Right**
14. I Wanna Be Your Dog


15. Five Foot One**
16. The Passenger
17. Death Trip
18. Lust For Life


"Shake Appeal" stage invasion from live stream from the Planeta Terra Festival, November 7. 2000.


From http://www.youtube.com/user/joeb457
(all from live feed in this group - professional quality)

Night Theme/Skull Ring



Gimme Ganger




Kill City

I Got A Right

Search and Desroy


11.06.09:IThe Planeta Terra show will be broadcast online according to Iggy's reps! 9PM EST! http://diversao.terra.com.br/musica/planetaterra/2009


New Videos

Iggy recreates "The Passenger" live with New Zealanders for Orcon Broadband, news coverage of flutist winner ggy Interviewed by Handsome Dick Manitoba on SIRIUS XM
Red Hot Chili Peppers Io Rock Hall w/ IGGY POP?



11.02.09:     Iggy to accept Classic Rock Living Legend Award, Dorchester Hotel, London, UK    
11.14.09:    Matheu'sStooges Story signing with Iggy at the Miami Book Fair 2009


10.25.09: Third round of Stooges rehearsals start Oct 27, with their first live date Nov. 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Planeta Terra Festival   James Williamson and the Careless Hearts Sept. 5, 2009 show CD/DVD to be released in early 2010 by Easy Action UK.

Reviews of Easy Action Records new release "The Stooges" You Want My Action"

"The Stooges: You Want My Action"
(London) Sunday Times
by Stewart Lee
Oct. 25, 2009

Today, Iggy Pop is best known as that funny old man in the Swiftcover advert, but in the early 1970s, his group, the Stooges, sculpted alternative rock’s signature sounds. Here’s a beautifully packaged four-CD set of poorly recorded spring 1971 dates that are nonetheless audibly amazing. A short-lived quintet with two guitarists, Ron Asheton and his subsequent replacement, James Williamson, rage furiously behind a largely inaudible and surely uninsurable Pop. Of the six-song set, all but I Got a Right disappeared somewhere between the Fun House and Raw Power albums, but Big Time Bum invents American hardcore punk 10 years early and the swaggering You Don’t Want My Name, You Want My Action should make Williamson’s and Pop’s 2010 reunion set.

Easy Action EARS023

The Stooges - You Don’t Know My Name
Record Collector
Magazine December 2009 issue

Simply the most important Stooges artefact since Metallic KO

“This set is for the hardcore fans only,” says Easy Action’s website, and only 1,000 of the faithful will be able to acquire what amounts to the most historically-significant and, frankly, mindblowing aural document of The Stooges since Metallic KO captured the band’s death throes in 1974.

Stooges lore has monolithic original guitarist Ron Asheton making way for search-and-destroy axe assassin James Williamson, the former later returning on bass for Raw Power. For a few months in 1971, however, both aimed their heatseeking guitars from the same stage, blasting twice the six-string firepower over drummer Scott Asheton, bassist Jimmy Recca and Iggy at his most crowd-baiting, stage-vomiting extreme. If that conjures thoughts of ultimate high-energy heaven, magnify it tenfold and send it to hell.

With the band’s approval, Easy Action has pulled off a major coup, acquiring former Stooges A&R man Danny Fields’ cassette recordings, capturing a previously-unheard transitional phase (complimented by the usual meticulous packaging, including previously-unseen photos). Four CDs present as many sets: their first show in Detroit in April 1971, two from New York’s Electric Circus in May and St Louis later that month, plus a July Michigan show where Iggy and James didn’t show and the remaining three were joined by local singer Steve Richards.

Apart from the stunning thermonuclear guitar avalanches, the sets are startling because, except for I Got A Right, they consist of songs not heard before or since these shows. These include Big Time Bum, You Don’t Want My Name, Dead Bodies, Fresh Rag and the gloriously psychotic Do You Want My Love, which builds to a cataclysmic freeform coda of terrifying proportions.

Some might quibble that this is a cassette recording, but that misses the point. The audience babble adds to the luridly-compelling atmosphere, while Iggy, at his most stoned unimmaculate, croons The Shadow Of Your Smile before announcing, “Our next selection is entitled New York Pussy Smells Like Dogshit.” These field recordings are so car crash vital and elementally-charged that audio-fidelity nit-picking becomes irrelevant, especially as this particular slab of history would never repeat itself. For more info, visit www.stooges1971.com and www.straightjameswilliamson.com.

Four stars rating

Easy Action | EAR 023 (4-CD)

Reviewed by Kris Needs


10.15.09: Coverage of the "The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story"NYC book signing Oct 12, with Iggy and Robert Matheu from the Brooklyn Vegan - article and loads of pix.

Iggy Pop recreates his cameo role in HARDWARE as ANGRY BOB the DJ. HARDWARE on DVD and Blu Ray now: http://www.amazon.com/ Here's the promo with Iggy:


10.10.09: XERS (formerly WERS) Interview with Iggy Pop Oct. 18, 8PM EST.

IGGY POP signs the new book: THE STOOGES!

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

Detroit Metro Times Oct. 7th lengthy cover story with Iggy and James: "Kill City Dreaming" also book exerpt "Metallic KO" here.

NZ's Orcon Broadband ad - join Iggy's internet band! Facebook page here were you can upload your audition! Your chance to be part of rock and roll history: re recording Iggy Pop's classic 'The Passenger' live, with Iggy, via the magic of Orcon Broadband.


9.30.09: The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story by Robert Matheu available now here.

"1971" featuring Iggy and the Stooges now shipping from Easy Action Records UK, order here and read about upcoming release of James Williamson and the Careless Hearts show played at the Blank Club, San Jose, Sept.5. 2009.

The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced today. The twelve nominees are: ABBA, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, KISS, Laura Nyro, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chantels, The Hollies and The Stooges. Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 25th Annual Induction Ceremony on March 15, 2010 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Five of the twelve nominees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year’s nominees had to release their first single no later than 1984.

The inductees will be announced in January 2010, and all inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. (RHOF Blog, Sept. 23, 2009)

Click here for more information on about the 2010 Induction nominees.


Easy Action to release Careless Hearts show Vinyl/ CD/ DVD featuring James Williamson.
"1971" is shipping,
To order and for more info on the upcong release click here to go to Easy Action Records UK.


11.07.09: Iggy and the Stooges play Planeta Terra 2009, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Festival website here.

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.br or Tel (11) 2846 6000 First batch has sold out!

9.18.09: Hammersmith Apollo shows tickets on sale now - Friday, Sept 18 HERE!



Classic Rock Magazine, the only music magazine to increase its readership figures in the recent ABCs, has today revealed that punk pioneer Iggy Pop is to be the 2009 recipient of the prestigious ‘Living Legend’ award at the 5th annual Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards. Iggy will collect the trophy on Monday 2 November in London.

The Classic Rock Magazine ‘Living Legend’ award is bestowed on a rock musician for their enduring influence and remarkable achievements in the world of rock music. Iggy Pop will be joining an illustrious list of previous legendary recipients such as Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Lemmy.

Iggy Pop says, ‘I was surprised and really really honoured to be recognised in this way by Classic Rock, which represents the most creative and sincere music genre of our times. I feel now that all those years of banging away in the dives and palaces of the weird universe of rock are finally adding up to something. The other people who have received this award are absolutely awesome, and I feel very lucky to be included. Thanks to Classic Rock. See you later at the awards!’

Editor-In-Chief of Classic Rock Magazine Scott Rowley added, ‘It’s time to remind people of Iggy the rock ’n’ roll pioneer, one of the creators of hard rock and punk and a legendary performer and icon.’

The nominations for the 2009 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards were announced earlier this year with voting continuing in both Classic Rock Magazine and online. AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Anvil are all vying for multiple awards; to cast your vote pick up a copy of Classic Rock Magazine (October issue out today) or visit www.classicrockmagazine.co.uk.

Iggy Pop is widely considered one of the foremost innovators of punk rock and acknowledged as one of the most dynamic performers in rock ‘n’ roll. He was the lead singer of seminal act The Stooges and instrumental in developing the ‘hard rock’ or ‘punk rock’ sound. His solo career has produced 15 albums and hit singles such as ‘Lust For Life’ (which enjoyed a renaissance with the 1995 film Trainspotting), ‘Real Wild Child’ and ‘The Passenger’.

9.15.09: Easy Action to release Careless Hearts show Vinyl/ CD/ DVD featuring James Williamson http://www.easyaction.co.uk/ It's more than talk, folks. it's a done deal! I don't know if I have mentioned this before here, but I do James' new site http://straightjameswilliamson.com

Lust For Lego – Iggy Pop Stars In Kids' Version Of 'Rock Band' See NME article here.

Iggy Pop
Duisburg/Germany (Giesshalle, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord)
September 11, 2009

1. Les Feuilles Mortes
2. I Want To Go To The Beach
3. Schwesterlein, wann gehn wir nach Haus? [song by A. W. F. Zuccalmaglio, 1838]
4. Nice To Be Dead
5. King Of The Dogs
6. Sweet Sixteen
7. Cock In My Pocket
8. Empty Heart [Rolling Stones cover]
9. Sick Of You
10. Touch Me [Doors cover]
11. Search And Destroy
12. Gimme Danger
13. Ne Me Quitte Pas [Jacques Brel cover]
14. Lili Marleen [Lale Andersen cover]
15. Es geht eine dunkle Wolk herein [folk song, 17th century]
16. I Wanna Be Your Dog

The next day's show had the same set with an additional 17th song ("Mass Production").
Pix from the show site: http://www.ruhrtriennale.de/de/programm/2009/love-and-death/ Thanks Luzern, and Daniel Lehmann (whose pix will be up shortly.)

9.10.09:The SUCK Story (movie premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept 11)

A rock’n’roll vampire spoof about a down and out band, The Winners, who will do anything for a record deal. When their disgruntled manager (Dave Foley) tells them that they are getting “long in the tooth”, he doesn’t know that his words are truly prophetic. During a road trip, their humdrum image radically changes when Jennifer (Jessica Paré), the bass player, disappears one night with a hip vampire (Dimitri Coats). She emerges with a sexually charged charisma that drives the audiences wild.

As the band members succumb, one by one, to blood lust, their “gimmick” launches them into the limelight. Following an “incident” on a national radio show with “Rock’n Roger” (Henry Rollins), they hit mega-stardom beyond their wildest dreams. Joey (Rob Stefaniuk), the lead singer, is haunted by an eerie bartender (Alice Cooper), who turns out to be much more. Meanwhile, legendary vampire hunter, Eddie Van Helsig (Malcolm McDowell), is tracking them down, despite his fear of the dark. When a veteran music producer (Iggy Pop) calls them on becoming a vampire freak show, they begin to realize that fame is not what it’s cracked up to be.

Suck is a wild ride down a highway to hell, with a killer soundtrack that includes Iggy Pop’s, “TVeye” and “Success”; Alice Cooper’s, “I am a Spider”; Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Nuthin”; David Bowie’s, “Here Comes the Night” and The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”. Loads more info at the movie's site here. haunting video on the front page of this site.


Iggy Pop Confirms Details of Stooges Gigs in 2010

Iggy Pop has confirmed he's reuniting Iggy and the Stooges for gigs in 2010. As previously reported by guitarist James Williamson -- who bumped founding guitarist Ron Asheton to bass for the band's classic 1973 album 'Raw Power' -- the line-up of Pop, Williamson, drummer Scott Asheton, bassist Mike Watt and saxophonist Steve McKay will play London's All Tomorrow's Party festival March 2 and 3 of next year.

"Ron was really the core of the original Stooges, he occupied a huge space in the middle of that band," Pop tells Spinner. "I didn't want to replace that. The only other thing left to do that had any validity with the fellows I work with was to bring James in to do 'Raw Power.'"

At the request of ATP, the band will perform the 'Raw Power' album in its entirety at the festival. Pop says when he joins the band for rehearsals in L.A. later this month, they'll also be running through "key songs" from earlier Stooges albums -- such as 'I Want to Be Your Dog' -- as well as material from the Pop-Williamson project Kill City and the singer's own solo hits. e

As for why he wants to join the growing number of acts recreating their classic albums for the stage (although the Stooges' 2003 'Fun House' shows pre-date this season's tours of the Echo and the Bunnymen's 'Ocean Rain,' the Pixies' 'Doolittle' and many more), he acknowledges that 'Raw Power' is one of those of those records that deserves special treatment.

"Just as in painting, there are album masterpieces," he says. "There was a time, which is probably gone, in which there was this dreamlike possibility that an album was much more than a product, it was an occasion and it could be a crucial work of art. That situation existed, not at the beginning of rock 'n' roll but in the '60s and '70s, when there were certain albums made that say something. They grew legs, and they walk around just like the giants that walk the Earth in the book of Genesis. Our group had two albums that really, really, stand up and run around: 'Fun House' and 'Raw Power.' So when we were asked to play it, I thought to accept the offer would be a very good call." Article here.

 Love and Death

Iggy Pop, Tine Kindermann, Marc Ribot & Friends

Musical Director
2 hours 30 minutes, an interval

Open-air – under a canopy

He embodies the dramatic gestures of rock music, he is authentic, has a deep voice and his chest is bare. Iggy Pop is the animalistic self-dramatiser of pop – unlike the coolly-calculated performances of a David Bowie (who always produces him, by the way).  Iggy Pop implements his songs and shows on the heels of the great ecce homiof the arts, from Antontin Artaud to Rudolf Schwarzkogler – and as such he can confidently be called one of the co-founders of punk.  His songs as well as his performances are based on a very direct, aggressive and dark humour.  The wiry performer is not simply the fascinating front man to his band, The Stooges, over recent years Iggy Pop has become one of the most sought after actors amongst rock musicians.  His most beautiful performance was perhaps with Tom Waits in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. More here. Iggy will perform an hour of songs anout love and death.



Stooges Reunite With “Raw Power” Guitarist, Prep ATP Gig and Tour
Rolling Stone
9/3/09, 7:05 pm EST

Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty

Former Stooges guitarist James Williamson was in the parking lot of his dentist’s office earlier this year when he heard a familiar voice on his cellphone: Iggy Pop. “He asked me if I wanted to play guitar again,” says Williamson, who hasn’t performed a single gig since the Stooges dissolved in 1974. “I was about to take an early retirement from my job in Silicon Valley, so I figured ‘What the hell, let’s do it.’ ” Williamson spent time last month in Los Angeles rehearsing with the Stooges (minus Pop) — bassist Mike Watt, drummer Scott Asheton and saxophonist Steve McKay — and they just booked their first gig: on May 2nd and 3rd of next year they’re going to perform Raw Power in its entirety at the All Tomorrows Party festival in London.

Williamson joined the Stooges for the recording of their 1973 masterpiece Raw Power, while original guitarist Ron Asheton switched to the bass. When the Stooges reformed in 2003 Asheton — who died of a heart attack in January — returned to the guitar and Williamson wasn’t invited back. After the Stooges folded, Williamson and Iggy briefly continued recording together, but during the early stages of production on Pop’s 1980 Soldier LP things fell apart.

“We had a blowout,” Williamson says. “We wound up not talking for twenty years.” Williamson moved to the Bay Area in 1982 and began working in the rapidly growing field of personal computers. For the past twelve years he ran the Technology Standards office at Sony. Until a few years ago he never even touched a guitar, but he recently took up Hawaiian slack-key guitar as a hobby. “That’s a whole different style of music,” he says. “It’s been quite a job to dust off my rock & roll chops.”

To prepare for the Stooges rehearsals Williamson locked himself in a rehearsal hall with an electric guitar and ran through the eight tracks from the Stooges 1973 classic Raw Power. “I wrote a lot of those songs and it’s my style of guitar playing,” he says. “I kind of naturally came back to me.” The local San Jose band Careless Hearts jammed with him in those early periods — and in two days he’s sitting in with them at the Bank Club in their hometown. It will be his first concert in thirty-five years.

On September 20th he’s headed back down to Los Angeles for more Stooges rehearsals — this time with Iggy. “We’re rehearsing songs from Raw Power, Stooges, Fun House and Kill City.” The Stooges — who toured with original guitar Ron Asheton until his death in January — hadn’t played most of the later-day material in decades. “We had to really work at the nuances of the songs,” Williamson says. “By the end we were sounding pretty great.”

The only show on the books now is the All Tomorrows Party festival in London, but Williamson says many more are coming. He also hopes to write new material with Iggy. “The two of us have a long history of writing new tunes,” he says. “It’s probably a safe bet we will at some point.”

Here a link to the Podcast featuring James Williamson on Pirate Cat Radio and the Careless Hearts talking about hookin' up and jammin' with James: Direct Link: http://www.piratecat.dreamhosters.com/podcasts/Noise/Noise-20090901.mp3


9.1:09: James Williamson has a new website: http://straightjameswilliamson.com
On Sept. 1, James Williamson will be interviewed with the Careless Hearts on Pirate Cat Radio, 6-8PM (Pacific Time)
"Guitarist James Williamson of Saratoga prepares to reunite with Iggy Pop and the 'Raw Power'-era Stooges" August 27, 2009 article in The Mercury News

8.14:09: Still from "Suck" the movie premeiring at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept 11, 2009. Iggy IS one of the vampires and a music producer.
"Suck" Press release: http://www.suckthemovie.com/SUCK_TIFF_Suck.pdf



Stooges Guitarist to Play San Jose Show

(Featured here with permission from NBCBayonline and Robert Wellington (who shred the photographs as well)
Updated 4:50 PM PDT, Tue, Aug 4, 2009

"I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm.  I'm a runaway son of the nuclear a-bomb.  I am a worlds forgotten boy.  The one who searches and destroys."

Search and Destroy: the opening track to The Stooges 1973 album.  

Raw Power still sounds as defiant as ever when Iggy Pop belts it out shirtless on stage. But alas, our Stooges have been on hiatus since guitarist Ron Asheton died last year.

Asheton era Stooges brought the world two great original albums: 1969's naive rocker, The Stooges and 1970's motocross race though an opium den, "Fun house."

Now, after 35 years away from any stage, The Stooges second guitarist, James Williamson, who dominated the Les Paul on "Raw Power," will reunite with the band and put them back on the road.

While Fun House and The Stooges filled out the Asheton set list, Raw Power and Kill City will help round out the Williamson performances.

Bay area Stooges fans will have a rare opportunity on September 5 to catch Williamson live when he joins locals The Careless Hearts for an evening of Raw Power covers before he joins The Stooges.

I caught up with James Williamson who has been a veep in the Silicon Valley tech industry for a brief interview about his upcoming gig with The Careless Hearts and his future with The Stooges.

RW: How did the gig with the Careless Hearts happen?

JW: I walked into a local music store two years ago to buy a Martin and the guy behind the counter recognized my name asked, "Are you the James Williamson from The Stooges?" I said, "Well, you're too young to know The Stooges!" (laughs) So, when The Stooges reformation came about he offered to lend me his band (for rehearsal) and that was an offer I couldn't refuse.


RW: The Careless Hearts are more of a Byrds style band, aren't they?

JW: I had gone to see the band a couple of times and they are very very different from The Stooges but it turns out they had all played Stooges songs in garage bands when they were growing up. You're not going to see the singer do a lot of the stage antics like Iggy does but we sound great!


RW: What's it like playing those songs again?

JW: I'm a little older, actually a lot older (laughs), but it takes you back and I am really looking forward to playing with Scott Asheton then it will really take me back.


RW: What is The Blank Club like?

JW: I guess a lot of good bands play there but it's just a little room. If they get two or three hundred people in there they will be packed like sardines.


RW: When you joined The Stooges they were already an established band so you've probably never played a gig this intimate.

JW: We played a few small gigs toward the end... but I don't think I've ever played a place like this. It's kind of cool! I am looking forward to it.


RW: What kind of set should we expect to hear at next year's Stooges shows?

JW: We haven't determined a final set list but everything is up for grabs. One of the things about The Stooges in the old days that was very stupid was that we very rarely played the same stuff very often. We would be playing new stuff as we went along because we thought we were being creative and also because we got bored very easily. So as entertainment we kind of failed because no one really knew the songs. This time around we are trying to draw on things the audience knows and that covers a lot of territory. A lot of "Raw Power" stuff and we'll hit on the first two Stooges albums, maybe a couple of Iggy's solo things.

At the time of this interview Williamson was preparing for rehearsal in L.A. with The Stooges for next year's tour. A photo book documenting the band's early years called "Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story" is in the works. Williamson's show with The Careless Hearts at the Blank Club in San Jose are $12.

Robert Wellington is an NBC Bay Area staff photojournalist and has been a Stooges fan for more than 30 years.


Iggy and James appearances:

8.16.09:    James Williamson interview on WERS Elkhart Internet Radio 9:45PM (Eastern Time)
8.22.09:     Iggy to appear at Sweat Records fundraiser at the Awarehouse, Miami. Florida


8.04:09: James Williamson interview with NBC Bay Area Online

in a article by Robert Wellington. James talks about how he met Careless Hearts, how the Stooges setlists were determined in the distant past, and what may be in store for the fans in next year's Iggy and the Stooges tour. There is a slideshow of pix about halfway down the page, "Look" link. See full article here. James' own website will be up and running SOON, stay tuned!


7.23:09: Preliminaires' King Of The Dogs interactive videos (3) are now on sale.

Available today for download from iTunes are the three different versions of the innovative "King Of The Dogs" animated video, directed by Patrick Boivin, which originally debuted on YouTube in May as an annotated "interactive" video.

1. Bum Version : http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewVideo?id=319205464&s=143441
2. Explorer Version : http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewVideo?id=319206847&s=143441
3. Businessman Version : http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewVideo?id=319216484&s=143441

$1.99 a peice.


James Williamson update

James will be playing with Careless Hearts Sept. 5 2009 at the Blank Club in San Jose, CA. Here's what Derek See (author of the recent Fretboard Jounal article on James and member of Careless Hearts) has to say on the bands website. I'd get tickets NOW,

The Blank Club is a 300 capacity rock & roll venue in downtown San Jose that has hosted hundreds of live international, domestic, and local groups. In it's 6th year, the Blank Club has won over a dozen 'Best Of Silicon Valley' awards from the local press for it's live shows, dance nights, and full bar atmosphere. Bands such as Flogging Molly, 311, Franz Ferdinand, The Damned, Gogol Bordello, Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Reverend Horton Heat, Suicide Girls, The Avengers, Shonen Knife, and The Undertones among many others have all played The Blank Club.

Expect to hear more from James in the near future, bio, show dates, "stuff I like," interviews and images - past and present - on his own website, as well as T shirts and guitar picks designed by James himself. He will also be on Twitter and MySpace. (He's just a modern guy.)


iggypop.org and iggy-pop.com joint project "Ask James Williamson"

iggpop.org and friend website iggy-pop,com are collaborating on a unique project. We will gather questions for James Williamson from fans to be answered and posted on our respective websites. We will post the best 10 questions and James' answers. Send your questions with the subject "JW Question" here: cbensonburke@hotmail.com


"Lust for Life" featured on Guitar Hero 5 to be released Sept 1.
(Press release)

Guitar Hero today confirmed two dozen rockin’ tracks which will be featured on Guitar Hero® 5’s massive 85-song on-disc set list.  From the legendary folk rock sounds of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” to the thumping drums of Coldplay’s “In My Place”; indie darling Vampire Weekend’s memorable “A-Punk” to the Beastie Boys’ rock/hip-hop hit “Gratitude,” the game features the widest variety of today’s rock hits and classic tunes from some of the biggest names in music. Numerous bands are also making their music video game debut -- Band of Horses, Darkest Hour, Elliott Smith, John Mellencamp, Rose Hill Drive, The Bronx, Tom Petty and Vampire Weekend.  Prior to its public release, Wolfmother’s first single off their upcoming album Cosmic Egg, “Back Round,” is now available for free digital download exclusively at gh5.guitarhero.com


When Guitar Hero 5 ships on September 1, living-room rock stars will be able to rock any way they want, to the expansive set list including to these stellar tracks:


·         Band Of Horses - “Cigarettes, Wedding Bands”  

·         Beastie Boys - “Gratitude”

·         Beck - “Gamma Ray”

·         Billy Squier - “Lonely Is The Night”

·         Blur - “Song 2”

·         Bob Dylan - “All Along The Watchtower”

·         Children Of Bodom - “Done With Everything, Die For Nothing”

·         Coldplay - “In My Place”

·         Darkest Hour - “Demon(s)”

·         David Bowie - “Fame”

·         Deep Purple - “Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)”

·         Elliott Smith - “L.A.”

·         Iggy Pop - “Lust For Life (Live)”

·         Jeff Beck - “Scatterbrain (Live)”

·         John Mellencamp - “Hurts So Good”

·         Kings Of Leon - “Sex On Fire”

·         Queens Of The Stone Age - “Make It Wit Chu”

·         Rose Hill Drive - “Sneak Out”  

·         Santana - “No One To Depend On (Live)”

·         The Bronx - “Six Days A Week”  

·         Thrice - “Deadbolt”

·         Tom Petty - “Runnin' Down A Dream”

·         Vampire Weekend - “A-Punk”

·         Wolfmother - “Back Round”


For more information about Guitar Hero 5, please visit gh5.guitarhero.com.



7.2:09: Times Talk
June 24th's Times Talk with Iggy Pop and New York Times critic Ben Ratliff was a great success. In front of a sold-out audience of 400+ fans Iggy and Ben discussed his new album Preliminaires and also his biggest influences in American popular music including Louis Armstrong, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Ramones.

Summer Sale at the Stooges Official Store until July 4th:


Preliminaies Reviews!

Release Date: no month , June
Producer(s): Hal Cragin
Label/Catalog Number: Astralwerks
June 20, 2009 ET


Iggy Pop is back—not with a vengeance, but with an album of introspective, jazz-tinged, Leonard Cohen-esque standards and originals. Surprising? Sure. But the album succeeds because Pop bounces from track to track with the same swagger (albeit more muted this time out) that made him a punk icon. He simply refuses to acknowledge the shift in genre, instead diving head-on into this new sonic sea. From the upscale, hotel lounge-meets-faux-bossa nova vibe that Pop sings over on the timeless classic "Les Feuilles Mortes" (in French, of course) to the Louis Armstrong-meets-Tom Waits strut of "King of the Dogs," each track is an aural journey all its own. And on cuts like "I Wanna Go to the Beach" and "Spanish Coast," Pop's understated delivery draws even the most skeptical of listeners in, bathing his hushed voice in beds of stark piano and tremolo-washed guitar.—Jon Regen

Iggy Pop


Release Date: June 2, 2009
Label: Astralwerks
Prefix magazine


What does Iggy Pop do when he no longer has the riff-tastic guitar stomp of Ron Asheton (R.I.P.) backing him? Make an ambient classical jazz album dedicated to a French novel called Préliminaires , of course.

Wait, what?

That’s right, with the whole world wondering what Iggy Pop was going to do with the Stooges in limbo following the death of their guitarist, Iggy Pop had actually been thinking about Préliminaires (translation: Foreplay ) since reading the 2005 novel The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq. Saying he got sick of “listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music,” Iggy Pop, who once nearly kicked Mike Watt out of the Stooges after Watt merely attempted to play a bass solo, is going full-on jazz mode, with deeply influenced by New Orleans and slow-ballad songs of yore.

Iggy Pop originally was approached to do the sountrack to a film about Houellebecq’s life by Oscar-nominated French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi ( Persepolis ). Instead, he decided to do a full-on jazz album, complete with a cover a ‘40s French standard “Autumn Leaves,” with Pop singing in French.

Review by Mike Wood

Prefix Rating 8.0
Average Rating 8.0

“You can convince the world/ That you’re some kind of superstar/ When an asshole is what you are/ But it’s all right.” ~Iggy Pop, “I Want to Go to the Beach”

It is lyrics like that that reassured me right away that all was still well. As word first surfaced about this project, I was nervous. Iggy Pop doing a record of jazzy ballads? Such an outing would be akin to the Sex Pistols playing at casinos or something. (Oops, they did.) Yet, Preliminaires works, and often very well. Who knew that Iggy had it in that voice to lower it to Leonard Cohen-esque levels of jaded smokiness, enough to give most of the record a seedy, inspired torch songs?

The songs are based on image and ideas from The Possibility of an Island, a 2005 novel by the latest decadent French writer, Michel Houellebecq. Like Villon, Sade, Bataille and Genet, Houellebecq swims in waters where the holy is unholy, and often vice-versa. Apparently there was talk of a film version of Island, but it never came about. Iggy, asked to write some songs for the soundtrack, ended up with an album’s worth of what he called the alternative soundtrack to the proposed film. Preliminaires evolved from there.

Risky though it may have seen (in terms of both taste and talent), this is a great record. Even Iggy’s French vocals -- on “King of the Dogs” and “He’s Dead/She’s Alive,” and cover of the standard “Autumn Leaves” -- ring authentic. One thing that has always been a hallmark of Mr. Osterberg, even when delivering tired material -- is that he has always been sincere. And he often sings his heart out here. The “jazzy” elements are mostly New Orleans horns or a muted trumpet. No big band abominations. Of the up-tempo tunes, the jump blues of “How Insensitive” works much better than  the dancer “Je Sais Que Tu Sais” or “Nice to Be Dead,” a sort of rock tune that is mostly stillborn.

To call Preliminaires “Mature Iggy” might be stretching it, but it is surely among his most daring releases. Like the inspiration for these songs, Iggy is tired and jaded, with more loneliness than disgust in that heavy heart of his. This is a record that hopefully opens up new creative veins for Iggy and for his voice, a voice that, like those of Dylan, Cohen and Waits, is fading with grace and defiance.



Iggy Pop: Préliminaires

4 out of 5

Dave Simpson
The Guardian
Friday 22 May 2009

"I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars," Iggy Pop said recently, perhaps obliquely referencing last year's vapid Stooges reunion album, The Weirdness. Either way, this is a major volte face. Out go guitars (mostly). In come wistful saxophones, old New Orleans jazz and music made to waft through a fog of Gitanes smoke in some forgotten European bar. Préliminaires is inspired by French writer Michel Houellebecq's book The Possibility of an Island, which enables Iggy to sing in French, tell stories and expand on the theme of escape - especially escape from himself. The old Iggy makes fleeting appearances on rocker Nice to Be Dead, but otherwise he is beautifully fatigued and insightful. On lines such as "You can convince the world that you're some kind of superstar, when an asshole is all you are, but that's all right," he sounds simultaneously invulnerable and immortal. This may be his best album since 1977's Lust for Life.


Iggy Pop finds French rebirth on Préliminaires
The Guardian
May 5 2009
Dave Simpson

Iggy Pop's recent output has been laboriously retreading his glory years. But, inspired by Michel Houellebecq, his new album thrillingly bids farewell to the rock superstar persona

Iggy Pop

It's 'boîte de nuit' … the new Frenchified Iggy chucks his beret out to the crowd. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty

A couple of years ago, I penned a blog urging Iggy Pop to stop making records. The gist of it was this: I am a massive Pop fan and have been since my teens. His 1977 double whammy of The Idiot and Lust for Life are among my favourite albums of all time. But his recorded output has been going down for years. 2007's Stooges reunion album, The Weirdness, I believed, was the nadir of his career. I believed that, for the sake of his remaining reputation, Iggy had to stop making music.

He hasn't listened to me, and I'm glad, because Préliminaires – the album he releases this month, having just turned 62 – is one of the best things he's ever done. The problem with modern Iggy is that he's been stuck on "being Iggy" – trying to recreate his youthful, wilder self with increasingly bad metal. Not that he's alone in that, but either he's got sick of his imitators or sick of imitating himself.

"At one point I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music," he said recently, a prelude to a complete volte face wherein Iggy has stopped trying to rock.

Préliminaires is as extraordinary and radical an album as he has ever made. Gone are the sounds of sub-Stooges or dunderheaded punk, replaced by New Orleans street jazz, shades of Louis Armstrong, quieter overtones and the kind of music that played in smoky European bars in the 1940s. Iggy – God forbid – even sings some of it in French. There are tales of dead dogs, stale love and growing old. Some of it is playful (King of the Dogs); some of it is incredibly moving (He's Dead/She's Alive).

The story behind the album is this: on the lookout for "important fiction", Iggy came across a book called The Possibility of an Island by notorious French writer Michel Houellebecq. He took it to France and read it in three days at a lonely seaside hotel, and fell in love with it. Word must have got around, because a year later he found himself being asked to write some music for a film about the author and – like the contrarian of old – "just ignored the film and wrote music for the book". Holed up in a Miami riverside cabin, Iggy spent a year crafting the songs, "completely outside the modern music industry. Like Daniel, the book's protagonist, I too have grown weary of a career as an entertainer and wish for a new life," he says, pointedly.

Among the album's killer tracks are a sublime take on 1945 standard Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves), and I Want To Go to the Beach, which has real vulnerability in lines about leaving the "superstar" behind. He's not totally ditched the Pop we know – Nice to Be Dead is the album's sole rocker, and Je Sais Que Tu Sais has a Glitter beat and sounds like Nightclubbing in Pigalle. But otherwise it's timeless, jazzy, brave, reeking of Gitanes and rebirth, with Pop's stunning mature baritone the best vocal he's delivered in years; an album to lose yourself in like a great book.

"It's the best I can do," offers Iggy, humbly, of his masterwork. The title, incidentally, translates as "Foreplay", suggesting there's more to come. If Pop can escape the straitjacket of "being Iggy" and come up with something as outstanding as Préliminaires, he simply must carry on making records.

Iggy Pop | Préliminaires

Astralwerks (2009)
Boston Globe

By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  July 1, 2009
3.5 3.5 Stars


Scratch the surface of the vocal stylings of a lot of male American rock singers and you'll find the unmistakable relics of crooning. The genealogies are pretty explicit: Iggy Pop started off copying Jim Morrison, who really wanted to sing like Sinatra (go give "Touch Me" another listen) and Elvis, both of whom worshipped at the altar of Bing.

Iggy has always managed to sneak the melodious low phrasing of his forebears within the racket of the Stooges (e.g., the verses of "Gimme Danger"), but he has made his affiliations still more explicit with occasional covers of standards like Cole Porter's "Well, Did You Evah!," Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer's "One for My Baby," and "I'll Be Seeing You." Even as his American handlers continue to persuade the often barechested 62-year-old to churn out body-surfing-friendly material for his lucrative stateside tours, it's not surprising that Mr. Osterberg would accept a French offer to make a nice 'n' easy record.

The long shadow of Gainsbourg is all over this project, which was expanded from soundtrack work for a Michel Houellebecq adaptation. (Iggy in a recent interview: "Every 10 or 15 years I'll meet some Euro nerd who is bright and wise enough to give me carte blanche on something, then leave me alone.") Although he occasionally shoots for a New-Orleans-in-the-'20s vibe (the Waits-ish "King of the Dogs"), the pervasive ambiance — represented by a lovely update of "Les feuilles mortes," the standard behind Chet Baker's "Autumn Leaves" — is firmly grounded in the Left Bank jazz of Boris Vian and early Serge.

Further revelations of the softer side of the Iguana include the primitive country blues of the loose jam "He's Dead/She's Alive," a spoken-word bit from Houellebecq's clone opera, The Possibility of an Island (Iggy found it reassuring that "someone was as negative as I am"), and a version of "How Insensitive" that brings it all back to the great bossa nova sessions by the Chairman of the Board and Jobim himself. In Préliminaires, the Stooge King has put together a perfect soundtrack for a short, doomy stay in the Hotel Lautréamont.



The New York Post
Posted: 3:12 am
May 10, 2009

IGGY POP's new album, "Préliminaires," is a joyful mash-up of sultry Serge Gainsbourg tunes, the New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Tom Waits-style melancholy. But the force behind it is undeniably the product of a man fashioned by the glory and ravages of punk.

What's up with the whole French thing?

There was a novel by French author Michel Houellebecq with reviews in the American literary press that used words like "repugnant" and "unlikable" -- people were outraged and terrorized by his work.

So of course I wanted to check this guy out. I picked up "The Possibility of an Island," about a middle-age entertainer whose life spins out of control as he hangs out with stranger and stranger people, and he finally commits suicide.

But before he does, he hangs out with a French cult, and this cult believes in processing technology to create neo-humanity. They take his DNA and he becomes the progenitor of a new race -- humans interfaced with digital technology. I read it, a year passed, then some filmmakers asked me to provide a few songs for a documentary about the author.

How'd you find a connection between Parisian torch songs and N'awlins?

I was listening to lots of Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong. Something about the melancholy of Houellebecq really resonated, to me, with the sadness in those guys.

Why did you say you're "sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music"?

Honestly, I have played in, in my opinion, one of the greatest and most valid rock bands in the last 25 years, and we were all about guitars! We were one of the good ones, but most of 'em aren't any damn good. It has now become the world's worst music in history. Coolio is better!


Album review: Iggy Pop - 'Preliminaires'
May 25, 2009

The ultimate punk goes all French jazz on us, but, bizarrely, c’est magnifique!

God rest the soul of dear Ron Asheton, but in truth the last Stooges album, ‘The Weirdness’, was no masterpiece. Buoyed nonetheless by the goodwill of anyone with even the slightest interest in rock’n’roll, it was a collection of serviceably sleazy riffs, over which Iggy howled stuff like, “My idea of fun!/Is killing everyone!” And fun it was, for certain. But fun of the ‘harmless’ variety, which was never really the point.

Now though, for his latest solo offering, the Godfather of all things punk has decided to reprise a much more appealing bit of his past, glimpsed on half of ’77’s ‘The Idiot’ and ’99’s rubbish-but-mad ‘Avenue B’: namely eccentric Ig. “A jazz album based on French author Michel Houellebecq’s novel The Possibility Of An Island”, you say? That’s more like it.

And so instead of more re-writes of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, we get a New Orleans swing number entitled ‘King Of The Dogs’ (“I got a piece of meat/In between my teeth”), and Iggy purring away in French on Louis Armstrong-esque, er, numbers such as ‘Les Feuilles Mortes’ (a ’40s standard, translating as ‘The Dead Leaves’) and ‘Je Sais Que Tu Sais’. Elements of this music have infiltrated his work in the past, of course (notably on the saxophone blasts of ‘Funhouse’), but ‘Préliminaires’ – translating as ‘foreplay’ – contains more than just elements.

There are touches of modern, electronic production, but, in the main it is straight, slow-ballad jazz. At first it sounds completely bonkers, but repeated listens reveal Iggy’s character to be strangely suited to this style of music. A little like a cross between Glenn Miller, Tom Waits and Serge Gainsbourg, he injects ‘I Want To Go To The Beach’ and ‘A Machine For Loving’ with his own inimitable brand of sleaze. Only on ‘Nice To Be Dead’ does he veer into heavy guitar territory, but it fits seamlessly into the mix, making for not just his strangest set in years, but also his best. There’s a tendency, what with Iggy being such a punk institution, to sometimes overlook his shortcomings, but that’s just not necessary here.

“I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music,” he claims of his inspiration.
Us too, Ig. Now if his legions of lame, self-conciously cool leather-jacketed imitators could take note of this attitude, that would be great. Come on guys: make a jazz album, do an insurance advert, whatever…

Hamish MacBain


A lust for death and Iggy is jazzed
Singer Iggy Pop. Singer Iggy Pop.
June 1, 2009
Boston Globe

Iggy Pop PréliminairesAstralwerks
ESSENTIAL "I Want to Go to the Beach"

Iggy Pop experienced such pleasure reading Michel Houellebecq's 2005 novel, "The Possibility of an Island," he made a soundtrack to go with it. In fact the Stooges frontman was so transformed by the moody dystopian narrative (it's about sex, death, and the end of humankind) that he mostly kissed his guitars goodbye and flung himself into a percolating whorl of French crooning, acoustic blues, laid-back electronics, and - if not quite jazz - some seriously jazzy instrumentation.

The collection opens with a chill arrangement of the mid-century standard "Les Feuilles Mortes," spoken-sung in an American accent so obvious and gruff it flirts with satire. But the chuckles quickly fade, and despite a handful of half-baked moments (the disco throwaway "Party Time" and what sounds like a kitchen-table recording of a fragment called "He's Dead/She's Alive"), a musical persona begins to take shape.

Here's wiser, wearier Iggy, burrowing into the stately and strangely provocative confessional "I Want to Go to the Beach" and a hard-bitten New Orleans stomp, "King of the Dogs," songs that recall Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, respectively. Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive" grows haunted in Pop's baritone clutches, as does a passage from the novel that the singer recites on "A Machine for Loving."

The familiar Iggy surfaces, more coiled now than explosive, on "Je Sais Que Tu Sais," "Nice to Be Dead," and "She's a Business," and the dark rocker is grippingly of a piece with the disillusioned crooner. For all its talk of death, this album feels like a rebirth. (Out tomorrow) JOAN ANDERMAN



6.22.09:     Iggy performs on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Tickets
6.23.09:     Iggy performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Tickets
6.24.09:     "A Conversation with Iggy Pop" TheTimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, NYC.
Tix are $30 but fans can enter the special $10 discount code "NYTSS" when purchasing tickets from TicketWeb, via http://www.TimesTalks.com


6.12.09: The Preliminaires contest in now over! Check here for the winners!


6.07.09 Iggy Pop calender update

6.08.09:     BBC's Radcliffe & Maconie show interview recorded, email questions to Iggy!
6.15.09:     BBC's Radcliffe & Maconie show interview broadcast
6.22.09:     Iggy performs on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Tickets
6.23.09:     Iggy performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Tickets
6.24.09:     "A Conversation with Iggy Pop" TheTimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, NYC Tix 1 FB site


6.06.09 Preliminaires Contest!

EMI/ Astralwerks US has generously provided http://iggypop.org with several Deluxe Limited Edition Preliminaires Boxsets and ecopac CDs for a giveaway contest, consisting of 5 trivia questions, enter the contest now HERE!



6.02.09: Preliminaires released today in the US and can now be directly downloaded from iTunes or a most reasonable price! Click icon to purchase Iggy Pop - Preliminaires


6.01.09: Preliminaires was released in Europe May 25, 2009 and here is a collection of video and audio of the events in Paris surrounding it's release! Reviews of Preliminaires will be coming later this week. For those of you who have websites and blogs EMI has supplied us with a webtool page with banners suitable for every configuration here -- Preliminaires webtools page: http://www.astralwerks.com/iggy_pop/webtools/

EMI has also generously provided http://iggypop.org with several copies of the Preliminaires Deluxe Boxset and ecopak CDs for a giveaway contest -- (update) which will be posted Saturday June 6, 2009


France Inter radio show May 28, 2009: audio and video

France inter audio interview per realplayer: http://sites.radiofrance.fr/_c/php/listen.php?file=/chaines/france-inter01/speciales/2009/musique/iggy/iggy.rm

King of the Dogs (video)



I Want To Go To The Beach (video)



Les Feuilles Mortes (video)



Iggy on Canal Plus' "Le Grand Journal" May 29, 2009
http://player.canalplus.fr/#/246640 (video of entire show)



Iggy at the FNAC Preliminaires CD signing May 25th -- video
It was a resounding success, peope who stood in line for 2 hours still couldn't get in! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH4LrCR2yqA

King of the Dogs and King of Fashion: Iggy Pop - Preliminaires video - Photo shooting by Xavier Martin

Shooting photo d'Iggy Pop par Xavier Martin. Tirages disponible sur http://www.yellowkorner.com Listen to the album and buy your own collector open Edition photos ! More info : http://www.iggypoppreliminaires.com/



Two Events on May 28, we in the US can listen to one in the afternoon, then go to the other that evening!

Iggy Pop: live performance in Paris on France Inter radio May 28th at 9pm CEST - Paris time.
Listen live! (hit DIRECT link)

IGGY POP MICK ROCK Urban Zen Foundation Benefit
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Le Poisson Rouge
Street: 138 Bleecker Street @ Sullivan Street
City/Town: New York, NY
Tickets $20 (Iggy will not appear, he will be in Paris promoting Preliminaires -- above.)

Screening of the rockumentary on Mick Rock and Iggy Pop
“Raw Power Redux” Directed and produced by Dean Holtermann

4 min promo of film on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7m8O8jHIxU


Facebook event site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iggy-PopStooges/13521606269#/event.php?eid=105069193367

Followed by a live performance from
Michael H. and the Joan Jett Band

Raffle items include:

Turks and Caicos / 3 day 3 night Private Island Resort Vacation Package - valued at over $5,000 compliments of DPS Sports Club Development Company

7 course dinner for two (2) at AGUA DULCE – new Caribbean / South American restaurant
Free 1 year membership to ZipCar
Martin Scorsese autographed movie poster from “The Departed.”
Mick Rock autographed original Iggy Pop print
Dinner for two (2) at L'Artusi in the West Village
An evening of free libations at a private downtown speakeasy




EMI France releases "Preliminaires," Signing session FNAC St Lazare in Paris, CD streaming TODAY!
Hear the entire Preliminaires CD! http://music.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music.artistalbums&artistid=22143662&albumid=12119145


5.21.09: Raw Power LIVES!

It's true:) Iggy, James, Scott and Mike Watt. Planning, writing, practicing in July, rehearsals in August. Thanks I-94 Bar, once again for the article. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25511689-601,00.html


5.18.09: Easy Action Records release "Stooges 1971" available for preorder now.
"Ok how do I start here ? We have bought tapes of four Stooges shows from spring 1971 when the line up included James & Ron on guitar with Jimmy Recca on bass and what a sound they make too ! Mind blowing isnt the word!"...

Signing session at FNAC St Lazare in Paris Monday, May 25th at 6pm
Iggy Pop will be holding a signing session at FNAC St Lazare store in Paris, on Monday May 25th at 6pm. Meet the Iguana!
FNAC St Lazare
109, Rue St Lazare
75009 Paris

Exclusive First Listen: Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Team Up With David Lynch, Iggy on "Dark Night of the Soul"

Listen to Pain (Iggy Pop)



5.15.09: The June 2009 Issue Of Word Magazine: "Ego vs Ig" with issue video promo below.
I've seen this long, detailed article but cannot post it here. It features a special limited edition cover photo of Iggy.


Born in Detroit: John Varvatos interviews Iggy on SiriusXM Radio

John Varvatos, Detroit native, men's designer and owner of the boutique that now occupies the old CBGB's in NYC, has a new show " Born in Detroit" on SiriusXM radio's Faction, channel 28. He interviewed Iggy for the show May 2nd in NYC, the night after the Road Recovery show at the Nokia Theater. This interview is tentatively scheduled to air Sunday June 7, 2009 at 9pm EDT, 6pm PST You can download a 3 day trial of Sirius...:)


Official Iggy Pop Autographed Memorabilia! – GRAMMY Charities May Online Auction

Bid on amazing Iggy Pop signed items including a Gibson Flying V Guitar, Hoodie and a rare Stooges Vinyl. The autographed items are now available on the May Online Charity Auction benefiting MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. Auction runs now through May 21. Click here to place your bids now!

Signed Guitar: http://cgi.ebay.com/MC-GRAMMY-Iggy-Pop-Signed-Gibson-Robot-Flying-V-Guitar_W0QQitemZ360153264305QQihZ023QQcategoryZ61QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262


Signed Hoodie: http://cgi.ebay.com/MC-GRAMMY-Iggy-Pop-Signed-Womens-Hoodie-Sweatshirt_W0QQitemZ360153263547QQihZ023QQcategoryZ61QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262


Signed Vinyl: http://cgi.ebay.com/MC-GRAMMY-Iggy-Pop-Signed-Stooges-Funhouse-Vinyl_W0QQitemZ360153257734QQihZ023QQcategoryZ61QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262




Warp X is pleased to announce the UK premiere of All Tomorrow’s Parties at the Edinburgh International Film Festival screening on 24 and 25 June. All Tomorrow’s Parties is a kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of the cult music festival of the same name.

All Tomorrow’s Parties is a DIY concert film featuring performances from an eclectic mix artists including: A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Akron/Family, Animal Collective, Aphex Twin, Battles, Belle and Sebastian, Boards of Canada, Daniel Johnston, David Cross, Dirty Three, Eye (Boredoms), Fuck Buttons, Gossip, Grinderman, Grizzly Bear, GZA, Iggy and the Stooges, Jah Shaka, John Cooper Clarke, Les Savy Fav, Lightning Bolt, Mogwai, Mars Volta, Micah P Hinson, Mr Derry, Nurse with Wound, Octopus Project, Patti Smith, Portishead, Roscoe Mitchell, Saul Williams, Seasick Steve, Shellac, Slint, Sonic Youth, Two Gallants and Yeah Yeah Yeah's.

The film is a semi-found bricolage made from Super8, camcorder and mobile phone footage contributed by over two hundred filmmakers, fans and musicians over the festival’s recent history, with key contributions from co-director Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and cinematographer Vincent Moon (The Take Away Shows, Arcade Fire).

Future Cinema, in association with Warp Films, ATP and Synergy, will present the premiere of All Tomorrow’s Parties as part of a unique live cinema event at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24. The film will be screened and brought to life in an immersive and 360 degree musical experience, including live performances from very special surprise guests.

For information and for ticket details: www.ourtrueintentisallforyourdelight.com

All Tomorrow’s Parties is a fiercely independent festival that many music lovers regard as one of the most important music events in the world. In an intimate and communal atmosphere, free of corporate sponsorship, it serves up a heady combination of alternative music, crazy golf and chalet-living, with musicians and fans living side by side. At each festival a band or artist is chosen to gather up their favourite artists who perform over a weekend in an out-of-season holiday camp by the sea. Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore described the festival as the ‘ultimate mix tape’.

All Tomorrow’s Parties will have a UK multi-platform release this September with one night only theatrical events, a DVD release and digital download available through Warp Films.

Warp X is an initiative of the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Film4, Screen Yorkshire, EM Media and Optimum Releasing:

For further information:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Tomorrows-Parties-Film/49909573410
Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/atpfilm

Press enquiries US – Judy Miller Silverman, Motormouth judy@motormouthmedia.com
Press enquiries UK – Elizabeth Benjamin, Emfoundation elizabeth@emfoundation.com



5.12.09: Preliminaires Interactive Video
This just in from EMI US/ Astralwerks, an interactive video, select your King Of The Dogs!



5.10.09: Musicares Map Fund Benefit, May 8, 2009: Nokia Club, LA.

On the setlist was: Search and Destroy, Loose, Down on the Street, TV Eye AND THE PASSENGER! Steve Jones on guitar, Flea on bass and Chad Smith on drums. Flea was wearing a Minuteman T shirt:) Also premeiring, a new RHCP offshoot, the Insects with Anthony, Flea, Chad and Ronnie Wood. (thanks ultra fan and friend Geneveive) James Williamson attended the show seated at a table directly in front of the stage , with Nina and Ron Wood. Iggy joined them after his performance. Famed rock photograpger and author of the new Stooges book due out in September "The Stooges:The Authorized and Illustrated Story" Robert Matheu was on hand and generousy allowed me to post this phtograph of Jones and Williamson together. Wayne Kramer was also in attendance. (For previous James Williamson update scroll down page to 2.23.09)*

Here is the picture of Steve Jones and James Williamson by Robert Matheu. Thanks RM!

5th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert May 8, 2009 - Show.
5th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert, May 8, 2009 - Arrivals: Iggy and Nina Alu.
Iggy at the Musicares Map Fund Benefit, Nokia Club, Los Angeles, May 8, 2009.

More on the Road Recovery Benefit, May 1, 2009, Nokia Theater, NYC update:

Road Recovery Benefit Concert May 1, 2009 (45 photos of Iggy Pop)
Pictures from Rafe Baron of the Road Recovery Benefit May 1 2009 at the Nokia Theatre in New York City.

See Iggy singing "5'1" on my video of the week page
Scroll down this page a bit ti see Rolling Stones review of the show posted a few days ago.



Iggy Pop live on France Inter on May 28th at 9pm

Iggy Pop will perform live at radio station France Inter in studio 105 on May 28th at 9pm and on www.franceinter.com. France Inter and Iggy Pop goes a long way. In 2007, France Inter broadcasted live the Iggy Pop & The Stooges gig live from the Fête de l’Huma.

EMI Music is proud to announce exclusive photos of Iggy Pop by Xavier Martin & YellowKorner: Contest!

Fans across Continental Europe will soon be able to acquire gallery and museum quality exclusive images of Iggy Pop shot by French photographer Xavier Martin, best known for his iconic images of Serge Gainsbourg, Robert Mitchum, Catherine Deneuve, among others.

You are invited to vote for your favorite shot between the following pictures. Five framed & numered Open Edition photographys to be won, enjoy !


A Conversation with Iggy Pop

Wednesday | June 24, 2009
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Address: TheTimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, New York City

The godfather of punk takes on the language of romance and gets "dangerously near jazz" on his new album, Préliminaires, inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq’s 2005 novel "The Possibility of an Island." Hear the musician discuss his influences and his work. Interviewed by Ben Ratliff, New York Times jazz and pop music critic and author of "The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music."

Tickets: $30

Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=1590684&pl=timestalks



Iggy Pop - King of the Dogs - Single "King of the Dogs" Single is now available from ITunes US, click button to order.


Magnet Magazine Poll

Iggy Pop is part of an online poll that MAGNET is doing on the most anticipated albums of May 2009

Iggy Pop, Perry Farrell and Tom Morello Join a Huge Supergroup at “Road Recovery” Benefit
5/4/09, 11:07 am EST
Rolling Stone

“It’s about putting the smack down, so we gonna put the smackdown,” joked Boots Riley before Friday night’s New York City benefit for Road Recovery, an organization that steers kids away from substance abuse by using the stories of entertainers and musicians who have been there and done that. The bar at Nokia Theatre was closed for the night and the choice of “Love Is the Drug” as the house music probably wasn’t an accident, as artist after artist took the stage to spread messages of clean living and to play a few songs.

The young participants in the program kicked things off, and were able to go home saying they had jammed with the likes of Jerry Cantrell, Tom Morello, Gilby Clarke and Wayne Kramer, to whom the evening was dedicated. Morello debuted his project with Riley, Street Sweeper Social Club, and capped off the energized rap-rock set by playing a guitar solo with his teeth.

Billy Bragg emerged for a pair of tunes, including a cover of the Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work,” Cantrell and Clarke teamed up for a version of “Wish You Were Here,” and host Matt Pinfield spoke between sets about his own struggles and his imminent return to rehab.

The all-star jam segment opened with the four aforementioned guitarists being joined by Perry Farrell for loose but upbeat renditions of “Mountain Song” and “Ain’t No Right,” and Dictators frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba and Don Was joined in on MC5’s “Call Me Animal.” Juliette Lewis gave an appropriately raspy take on AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” Cantrell went into frontman mode for Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak,” and Perry Farrell returned for “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” with Clarke convincingly pulling off the song’s famous synthesizer line with guitar effects.

As he is wont to do, Iggy Pop stole the show merely by taking the stage, screaming for the band to go straight into “Five Foot One,” followed by Lust For Life’s “Sixteen.” Of course, the night was capped off with everyone coming onstage for “Kick Out the Jams,” featuring Little Steven Van Zandt on guitar with Iggy and Biohazard’s Evan Seinfeld trading verses as Kramer and Morello swapped dueling guitar solos. Even if there weren’t beers to hoist in triumph, everyone seemed pretty wasted on enthusiasm.

Road Recovey benefit pix from Rafe Baron on Flickr
See Iggy singing "5'1" on my video of the week page

Chris Steffen

"The Stooges:The Authorized and Illustrated Story" update and preorder

Slated to be released by Abrams in Sept 2009, author Robert Matheu, reknown rock photographer (with contributions from Jeffrey Morgan, Detroit Metro Times columnist and don of American rock critics) has a website detailing the story of the Stooges from the very beginning, with the promise of updates in the future. Counting the days! Read more and preorder here: http://stoogefiles.com/


IGGY To Perform in "Love and Death" Duisberg, Germany, Sept 11-12 2009

Kultur Ruhr is producing and organizing a series of concerts called “Century of Song” in 2009 in Germany, Duisburg. Iggy will perform as a guest artist to Marc Ribot’s show. http://www.ruhrtriennale.de/de/programm/2009/love-and-death


4.26.09:Swiftcover's Iggy Pop advert banned

Advertising Standards Authority says motor insurance advert is misleading as the rock star would not be eligible for a policy in real life
Sandra Haurant, guardian.co.uk
Wednesday 29 April 2009 12.34 BST

An advert for car insurance featuring singer Iggy Pop leaping about and boasting he has "insurance on his insurance" was today banned by the advertising watchdog.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the swiftcover.com advert was misleading following complaints the singer would not have been able to buy cover since the insurer excluded people working in the entertainment industry.

The ASA received 12 complaints about the advert from viewers who said it was misleading because it was suggested Iggy Pop was insured by swiftcover.com. In the advert, the musician said: "I got it swiftcovered. I got insurance on my insurance!"

Swiftcover.com, which is owned by AXA, said the advert made no reference to his occupation and that he had been chosen because he had a reputation for living life to the full. It said the star had not stated he had a policy with the insurer.

But the ASA upheld the complaints and ruled the advert could no longer be broadcast in its present form. It said: "Because the policy was promoted by a well-known musician, which might lead some viewers to believe the policy covered those who worked in entertainment, when it did not, and because Iggy Pop did not have a policy with Swiftcover, we concluded the ad was misleading."

Swiftcover.com said the advert had been a huge success with sales rising by a third in the first quarter of 2009. It added it had seen an increase in interest from musicians looking for cover, and was therefore set to make its policies available to that group for the first time. However, other people working in the entertainment industry will continue to be excluded.

The firm said it planned to keep Iggy Pop in its adverts. "Iggy Pop and swiftcover.com have made motor insurance interesting for a change, increasing awareness of swiftcover.com and sending our sales soaring by almost a third, so we would be crazy to lose Iggy," spokeswoman Tina Shortle said.


Nightclubbing II" Show on Canal Plus 20:45PM CEST April 27 was the most watched show in La Musicale's history

Ten years after the Nightclubbing I, Iggy breaks the ratings! Article from tele7.fr.

4.26.09: Iggy Pop’s insurer reverses decision on covering musicians
The Independent
Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swiftcover, the online car insurer that uses punk idol Iggy Pop to advertise its wares but refuses to insure musicians, has reversed its decision ahead of an Advertising Standards Agency ruling on Wednesday.

But it's believed that Swiftcover, which has seen sales jump by a third during the first quarter of 2009, has changed its view of rockers and will now offer insurance to the pop world.


4.26.09: First of March 26, 2009 Iggy Pop "Preliminaires" press conference videos with the song "Les Feuilles Mortes" is now on the front page of http://iggypop.org.


4.21.09: Today is Iggy's 62nd birthday! I'm sure you will join me in best wishes for him and his!

Preliminaires update:

From EMI:

Please be advised that Preliminaires will be released on May 25th and not 18th. This is for all countries except US where it is still on June 2nd. Also, we are going to post today the first video from the press conf. There will be 4 of them, and each time there will be a video at the end to listen to a new track from the album.

Canal Plus has posted snippets of video from "Nightcubbing II: here and still photos here.

Sable Starr died in her sleep last Friday at 51. Many of you may remember her from Leg's McNeil's classic "Please Kill Me.'"


4.16.09: Preliminaires Update

From EMI France:
Pre-orders for Préliminaires are open today on Amazon


CD + collector Les Feuilles Mortes / King Of The Dogs 7" + 38pages booklet by Marjane Satrapi.
6000 units worldwide only

CD only

Ecopak CD tracklisting (Thanks Dirt)

01. Les Feuilles Mortes
02. I Want To Go To The Beach
03. King Of The Dogs
04. Je Sais Que Tu Sais
05. Spanish Coast
06. Nice To Be Dead
07. How Insensitive
08. Party Time
09. He’s Dead/She’s Alive
10. A Machine For Loving1
11. She’s A Business
12. Les Feuilles Mortes (Marc’s Theme)

The Japan Edition and US one will have the same tracklisting


This from Dirt:

King of the Dogs single
catalogue # 50999 9643305 8

Digital download available April 27 from Amazon UK
(hear snippets of the tracks below at above link)

01. King of the Dogs
02. Nice to Be Dead
03. Je Sais Que Tu sais




Road Recovery’s “house band” of sober teens Crazy James takes the stage with legends including Perry Farrell, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Wayne Kramer, Iggy Pop and more, to celebrate Road Recovery’s 11th Anniversary

WHO: An evening of high-energy rock and roll that’s going to be “just loose enough musically that anything might happen," jokes Wayne Kramer… Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/ Audioslave / The Nightwatchman), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Don Was, Billy Bragg, Iggy Pop, Boots Riley, Gilby Clarke, Carl Restivo, Eric Gardner, George Wendt, Bun E. Carlos, Handsome Dick Manitoba performing songs together and individually from their respective catalogs, as well as collaborating on MC5 songs and anything else that strikes their fancy

WHAT: A blow the roof off live concert with some of today's legendary performers. Road Recovery Benefit Concert 2009 Honoring the Resilient Wayne Kramer To celebrate more than a decade of mentoring young people through addiction and other adversities, Road Recovery honors Wayne Kramer (MC5), for his intrepid work with young people faced with the challenges of our times during its second annual benefit concert. All of the night’s proceeds will go directly to support Road Recovery and its various programs. Open to the public

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2009
8 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Nokia Theatre
1515 Broadway (at West 44th Street)
New York, NY

TICKETS: Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-7171 or call the Nokia Theatre Box Office

SPONSORS: The DeBartolo Family Foundation & Bright Antenna Records
Full press release here -- Word Document: 4-14-09 Release


Suck update

“Chicks dig me,” sneers Beef (Moby), the shaven-headed self-proclaimed “biggest rock star in Buffalo” as he pushes aside Hugo (Chris Ratz), the spindly roadie for down-and-out rock band The Winners. Marching to his doom down a filthy corridor leading to the dimly lit motel room where the cold white embrace of Jennifer (Jessica Paré), The Winners’ incandescently beautiful bass player, awaits him, Beef will find that while chicks may dig him, this one will love him to death.

And even beyond death. As the phrase goes, rock and roll is indeed a vicious game.

Writer/director Rob (PHIL THE ALIEN) Stefaniuk, who also stars as the band’s frontman Joey, hopes to bypass the curse of “vampire rock star” genre clichés with a witty flick that is unequivocally a rock-and-roll movie with vampires, rather than a more stock-in-trade vampire movie with rock-and-roll. Rounding out the lead cast with Canadian actors Mike Lobel and Paul Anthony (who join Paré and Ratz to play the band), SUCK also stars Malcolm McDowell as vampire slayer Eddie Van Helsig (yep, that's how it's spelled), Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coates as immortal predator Queenie, who changes The Winners’ lives forever with his bite, and Dave (NETHERBEAST INCORPORATED) Foley as the group’s archetypically sleazy manager. Firmly anchoring the film in the horror genre without reservation are makeup artists Jordan (GINGER SNAPS) Samuel and Colin Penman, from SAW V and the as-yet officially untitled new George A. Romero zombie opus.

Further separating SUCK from the current crop of dewy, post-adolescent romantic TWILIGHT-hour vampire fare is a perfect storm of cameos by classic rock stars, also including Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Henry (WRONG TURN 2) Rollins, Carole Pope of Rough Trade and Alex Lifeson of Rush. And for the first time ever, Cooper (playing a sinister bartender) will appear opposite his daughter, dancer Calico Cooper, who plays a barmaid.

“I love the mixture of horror and humor,” says Cooper, who stops just short of calling Stefaniuk a genius in this specific area. “And what’s cooler than a vampire?” Adds Lobel, “Rob’s omniscient.” He notes that there are pieces of Stefaniuk (also a musician, and co-author, with John Kastner, of seven of the film’s 11 original tracks) in every one of the characters. “I love the fact that this is a rock-and-roll road movie.”

All of the musicians claim to have been drawn to the wit of Sefaniuk’s script and its not-too-subtle parallels between the wretched life of a couch-surfing rock band, who roam the night in search of fame in bars that stink of beer and cigarette smoke, and the eternal night of the vampire, who roams the night in search of blood. At The Winners’ level, the line between predator (either bloodsucking monsters who take 10 percent of nothing in the form of agent fees, or vampires) and prey is, at best, nebulous.

SUCK, written and directed by Rob Stefaniuk, produced by Robin Crumley, Jeff Rogers and Victoria Hirst and executive-produced by Gabriella (NIGHTBREED) Martinelli, is slated for release in the fall of 2009.

Rolling Stone article: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2008/12/18/moby-sucks-it-up-alongside-iggy-pop-alice-cooper-in-vampire-flick/

Alan Cross interviews Iggy Pop April 6 2009 on exploremusic.com

War Child Heroes release, Peaches, China Girl, he and Bowie watching Starsky and Hutch, gnarly toes, moisturizers, more. Courtesy of exploremusic.com.



Preliminaires update

The French release of Preliminaires will come 3 ways:
1. the regular digipack one (16 euros)
2. the Japanese version with 2 extra songs (25 euros)
3. the Collector box (35 euros)
(Thanks Gui from http://iggy-pop.com)

From EMI US:

In the US we will be releasing the standard 'ecopak' CD and a digital download.
The limited edition boxed set will be available to order from the official artist site and from Amazon (as an import) Preorder NOW!. There will be a limited number of copies for online contests (TBA here when contest set, stay tuned)

"Nightclubbing II" Show on Canal Plus 8:45PM April 27: http://www.tele7.fr/tv/news-tele/la-musicale-nightclubbing-ii-met-iggy-pop-a-l-honneur-sur-canal/(gid)/777546

"Nightclubbing I" will be rebroadcast the following day. there as well.


    IGGY POP To Perform At MUSICARES MAP FUND Benefit Concert
Apr. 3, 2009
Iggy Pop will perform at the fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Friday, May 8, 2009. The event will honor multi-Grammy-winning RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS co-founder and lead singer Anthony Kiedis, who will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Hosted by Greg Behrendt, comedian and author of "He's Just Not That Into You", the evening will feature a special performance by Kiedis along with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bandmates Flea and Chad Smith, as well as performances by THELONIOUS MONSTER vocalist and "Celebrity Rehab" participant Bob Forrest with his son Elijah Forrest, musician/producer Josh Klinghoffer, THE MARS VOLTA and THE NEVILLE BROTHERS' Ivan Neville. DJ AM will perform live during dinner. Additional artists will be announced shortly.

"Addiction exists in all communities and across all socioeconomic lines, but too often the challenges of making a life in music can lead people down the heartbreaking path of dependence," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "When circumstances such as the economy and shifts in our industry come into play, the need for our services can become greater than ever. MusiCares exists to offer a beacon of hope and critical resources for members of t
he music community who are struggling with addiction. Anthony is a strong supporter of our cause and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize and honor his commitment."

"I've seen firsthand the physical and emotional toll addiction takes on people — not just myself, but so many other artists and friends as well," said Kiedis. "The pain of addiction is leveled only by the promise of sobriety and the MusiCares MAP Fund provides access to the kind of resources that can help people genuinely change their lives. I'm proud to be honored and help raise funds for this critical work."

This special dinner and concert offers living room sets that seat 10 for $12,500, individual floor seats for $1,250 per person, and preferred balcony seats for $100. Contact Wynnie Wynn at 310.392.3777 or wynniew@grammy


As I reported some weeks ago, Iggy chose Peaches to cover "Search and Destroy" for War Child Heroes:

War Child and Astralwerks Records are pleased to announce the full track list and artist lineup for the new benefit album, Heroes, which will be released on February 24, 2009. Astralwerks and EMI are proud supporters of War Child, an award-winning charity that provides humanitarian assistance to war-affected children in some of the most devastated regions of the world. The album’s concept mirrors one of the intrinsic aims of War Child’s efforts in war zones around the world – to place faith in the next generation. We asked some of the biggest legends in music history to select a classic track from their own songwriting canon, and nominate an artist from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song. This album is the result: 16 exclusive and truly inspired cover versions. Full press release herein a Word.doc: warchildpress

I may have an mp3 interview with Iggy about this project soon, stay tuned.


3.29.09: Nightclubbing II update

This will be the order of the songs of the "Nightclubbing II" show that will be aired on France's Canal Plus, April 27 and May 11, 2009, according to management.

Les Feuilles Mortes Iggy
To The Beach with Keren Ann
King Of The Dogs Iggy
You're The Boss with Emma De Caunes
Put A Spell On You with Catherine Ringer
Spanish Coast with Stephan Eicher
Ne Me Quitte Pas with Ayo
Honky Tonk Train Blues Fabrice Eulry piano solo
Je Sais Que Tu Sais with Michel Houellebecq & Lucie Amie
Machine For Loving Iggy
How Insensitive with Benjamin Biolay
Minnie The Moocher with China Moses
Rum And Coca Cola with Arielle Dombasle
Reeferman with Peaches
Nice To Be Dead with Asia
Nightclubbing with Grace Jones
Shout Of Joy Fabrice Eulry piano solo

Press: Iggy Pop a le blues:


3.27.09: Preliminaires press conference with Iggy Pop, March 26 2008, Paris.
(edited transcript of online interactive 11AM press conference held by EMI.)

Press: MC talks about controversy about insurance.
Iggy Pop: In fact, I don't give a shit, I did the gig and it was cool.

Press: Why to you use your image in these campaigns?
Iggy: It's because they use the music. Where I come from, the kids dream is to become a rock star, and get signed. The companies that do that are big symbols, when those companies used that music, that's respect that I receive and also they pay a lot more than the record companies!

Press: Let's talk about the album. Is this a concept album?
Iggy: It's a concept album that happened. I read this book in 2007 in an old seaside hotel here in France. I read some of Houellebecq's poetry and thought "this motherfucker can write." I recognised some of my own traits in the book, and then discovered some more.

Press: Does Michel Houellebecq know your album is inpired by this?
Iggy: Yes, we met and corresponded about it. The guys who did the documnetary about Houellebecq's film asked me to do the music, and gave me carte blanche for the tracks. In the beginning I wanted to do just accoustic guitars with one mic and then it grew, no one asked me anything about it, but I wrote and wrote in a small cabin. Thanks to the internet the tracks were elaborated without me seeing some of the musicians, which was great. I imagined them as bearded crazy guys. I met them and they are healthy Americans! I had to do a song in French, and saw a picture of Houellebecq at seaside.The adaptation in English is Autumn Leaves, but it was impossible to clear it. So the guys from movie said "Do it in French and we can clear it."

Press: QUESTION FROM WEB (1999) Do you feel the same as for The Brave Soundtrack?
Iggy: Yes absolutely, I like these areas from music. I like to get this comedy grip, it's the same path.

Press: Do you want to become a crooner in Vegas?
Iggy: I don't like Vegas, but if they want to pay me for a week, why not?

Press: Does it matter to you that Houellebecq is French? How much is it a gift for the French?
Iggy: I made a video explanation about the record. It's just that when I done the record, I wondered "who is gonna hear it?" Once I had the tracks, for the French, I could do this and this and they could appreciate it. The producer, Hal Craigin, married a French woman. He and her had read the book. There was one song that was "I want to go to the beach." The beach is where I want to die, but in the nice sense of it. It was just an accoustic piece [Iggy sings accapela] I sent it to Hal, and it came out as a beautiful French 60's pop piece. I was in front of Mediterranean sea and wrote the lyrics to "Spanish Coast." There s also this track called "She's a Business." I wanted it to be in French without getting in the way too much.

Press: How do you think the other people in the world are gonna perceive it?
Iggy: Well, Japanese are Francophiles, Koreans are open to anything, then you have the Germans, Italians, yeah they'll say "why don't you sing in Italian." It's called Preliminaires for some reasons, it was made for a 1 hour music. There are 12 tracks, it's slim. The Americans, they're gonna kick me out! I reckon that the real connection will be done by some people who will connect together.

Press: Is there anything about France that appeals you?
Iggy: I hate giving compliments. But when you traval around here, things a kept well. A lot of people trashed my country. When I was a kid it was beautiful. In America people always want to build some shit. But I feel people are well educated here in France. I think it's interesting. At a certain time, I received support here before I got it anywhere else. When I came here in the 70's, the city provoked me, and I went me. I look back at footage of what I did and some things were erratic. I think Berlin is feeling competition with Paris and that's

Press: What's the diference between the dog from the novel and Lucky?
Iggy: I was on a tour break and I was alone in the US. The dog Fox seemed like the most sympatetic character. Re reading the book, I felt manipulated -- the dogs dies 3 times! I have 3 dogs but that was not my idea! First he just barked at me, but we became close. One of the worst things about being a dog, is that you have to wait for someone to open the door.

Press: For King Of The Dogs, it's the dogs point of view. Can you tell us about the song How Insensitive?
Iggy: Yes, basically, there was a 3 month period where we wondered 'can we get a record out. ' Hal, the producer, kept sending me tracks. I felt it was such a beautiful song, the writing is very compact and sets a mood very quick.

Press: Does Preliminaires mean that there will be another one?
Iggy: I hope to make something else that comes from this, whatever that means.

Press: WEB QUESTION<JEJE> What about the cover from Marjane Satrapi?
Iggy: I worked for her doing the uncle in Persepolis. I did it for the English version. It was nominated for the Oscar. When I see her drawings, it makes me think of Edward Hopper.

Press: In your video, you talk about being tired of guitars, is it linked to Ron's death?
Iggy: No this album was done already when Ron died. For personal pleasure I listened to Louis Armstrong, gnawa music for southern Morocco etc...

Press: (from Diext) Is jazz punk music?
Iggy: When Jazz started yes, they were dressed bizarrely, they were hustlers, they had the sex drugs rock and roll lifestyle.

Press: Do you think you will record an entire electronic album?
Iggy: No, after 4 hours of boom chick I feel ill.

Press: Do you want to be adopted by europeans?
Iggy: I'm open for adoption.

Press: Do you bring your dogs on tour?
IggyPop: I brought Lucky and he tried to lick everyone and come and kiss me..
Press: (Adam) will there be any touring?
IggyPop: No

Press: (1969) Is this new album the end of punk rock?
Iggy: There was never a beginning of punk rock for me, I did those things and some marketing guys did the rest, we pied and other licked.

Press: Do you see any glimmer of hope for the artists of your country?
Iggy: Yes, I'm not an social science expert, but I noticed a trembling effect, booming and busting, with the previous administration. I think the new president is more sensitive and more sensible, certainly better educated. Maybe he can do something.

Press: What does Houellebecq think of these songs?
Iggy: He was pleased I was doing it, he was very encouraging about the music, he has his own favourite which is "Spanish Coast."

Press: Do you listen to French music at home?
Iggy: Leo Ferré, from time to time, Juliette Greco, Gainsbourg

Press: You said "I wish for a new life". What kind?
Iggy: I'm open, I'm at the point I don't have anything to say with myself, so I just react. There's a whole world, a lot of good people, a lot of things happening. If you learn to react, you end up doing good things. when you're young you're very self obsessed, then you say "I wanna hang on", and then if you're lucky enough to get to the third part, it's more relaxing. I work as an actor sometimes, you just check people out.

Press: Do you have acting projects?
Iggy: I'm working for Marjane Satrapi again in fall. I'm doing something in Germany called "A Century of Songs." I have something coming out with Danger Mouse also. I have 5 songs of the Ashton brothers. Really unforgiven, unreconstructed shit. I just had time to listen to the rough mixes and it was silent, I don't know if it was a joke from Ron or my player. I would like to make something with these tracks, I worked on two.

Press: Is the biopic going on ?
Iggy I don't think so, I reacted bad. It opens with my mother and father worrying about me. My father was alive at the time and it felt like an intrusion. They can wait for me to be dead. Fuck you, I won't do your biopic promo.

Press: Some French singers sing in English because they feel it's better. Are there some songs you feel are better in French?
Iggy: Yeah, the Happy Birthday song!



Nightclubbing II: Day 2 (March 25 2008) Thanks Anthony!


Les Feuilles Mortes by Jacques Prevert: Iggy
Go To The Beach: Keren Ann + Iggy
King Of The Dogs: Iggy
You're The Boss: Iggy with Emma De Caunes -- originally sung by Elvis and Ann Margeret
I Put A Spell On You by Screamin Jay Hawkins: Iggy with Catherine Ringer
How Insensitive: Benjamin Biolay + Iggy
Reeferman by Cab Calloway: Iggy and Peaches
Nice To Be Dead: Iggy and Izia
Gloria by Van Morrison: Iggy and Izia


3.25.09: Nightclubbing II: Day 1

Here's the word from management on the first day - March 24 - of taping "Nightclubbing II" The show will be aired on Canal Plus April 27 and May 11 2008. Thanks Gui of http://iggy-pop.com for the air dates.


Hal Cragin: Bass, Producer of Iggy Pop’s new album
Kevin Hupp: Drums
Marc Phaneuf: Clarinet & saxophone.
Eric Mula: Trumpet Player
Michael Joussein: Trombone Player
Geoffrey Burton: Guitar Player
Albin de la Simone: Piano and Keyboards Player
Fabrice Eulry: Piano Player Boogie Woogie


Guests March 24th SONGS/ ARTIST

Honky Tonk Train Blues / Shout For Joy: Fabrice Eulry without Iggy

Minnie the Moocher "Theme song" C.Calloway: China Moses with Iggy

Spanish Coast / Iggy Pop new album: Stephan Eicher with Iggy

Ne Me Quitte Pas / Jacques Brel Version: Ayo with Iggy + Fabrice Eulry

Rum and Coca Cola / A.Dombasle version: Arielle Dombasle with Iggy

Je Sais Que Tu Sais + Machine for Loving Michel Houellebecq + Iggy + Lucie

Nightclubbing / Grace Jones Version: Grace Jones with Iggy

Passenger "spontaneous version"


EMI will be holding a live online press conference on http://www.iggypoppreliminaires.com about Nightclubbing II at 11AM CET, Thursday March 26. Fans will be able to ask questions using a chat feature on the site that requires registration:

http://blog.iggypoppreliminaires.com/?p=10&lang=en (English) http://newsletter.emimusic.com/res/prod/survey/SVY824.jsp (French)

As of this time, I understand that the show itself will be broadcast on Canal Plus 2050 CET, Friday, March 27 but this needs confirmation from Canal Plus.


3.14.09:Nightclubbing II on France's Canal Plus March 27

Iggy will be performing music from his upcoming release on EMI France "Preliminaires " on French TV channel Canal +. Among special guests that will be on the show are Ayo, Catherine Ringer, Keren Ann and Benjamin Biolay. Free tickets are available for the taping of the show March 24-25 at the link below. The show will be broadcast March 27.

Register for tickets here: http://www.canalplus.fr/c-musique/pid2582-c-la-musicale.html

From Hal Cragin:
Thanks Dirt's Iggy Pop Tradelist!

News...Currently I have finished producing/ co-writing a new Iggy Pop record called "Preliminaires" to be released in May. heres a little press release....

NEW YORK – Fans of the music of punk godfather Iggy Pop might be surprised to hear the quite rocking singer/songwriter has a softer side. In 1998 his longtime touring and recording bass player Hal Cragin suggested a jazz collaboration to Iggy as a relaxing departure from their relentless (and high volume) touring schedule. "Our first collaboration was in my apartment/studio on 3rd Street,NYC, something very informal just duo things which I added to later. We did some Jobim and Cole Porter, it was a lot of fun, and Iggy was really on"

These tracks were put aside for more than a decade while Iggy and Hal went on to other musical creations until "Iggy got a call to do music for a documentary about a writer named Michel Houellbecq trying to direct a movie version of his popular book," The Possibility of an Island." at that very same time I had sent Iggy our old jazz tracks just for posterity's sake, the timing was right, and we used this excuse to resurrect and complete our particular collaboration," Hal explains.

The collection,"Preliminaires" (foreplay in French), will be released in May worldwide on Virgin /EMI.


On the music:

"Some of the original songs we did had a launch pad from the spirit of Houellbecqs book, but once we got rolling the collection of songs took on its own life."

Our first song was an Iggy original, "King of the Dogs." I produced it with full King Oliver New Orleans fanfare.The song is really swinging and the NYC horn players nailed it in 2 takes.I played Freddie Green type guitar as the bass was usually a tuba from that time.


Other Tracks Include:

"Les Feuilles Mortes" ("Autumn Leaves" in the original French). "Most American audiences will know the English version sung by Johnny Mercer in 1949, but we wanted to pay tribute to the original version by Hungarian Joseph Cosma (1905-69) and legendary French poet Jacques Prévert (1900-77) which was performed in the 1946 Marcel Carné film "Les Portes de la Nuit."

"We did a very dark and cool american version of Autumn Leaves back in the original apartment session, somehow Iggy thought it seemed like a better plan just to go back to the source for a number of reasons when we revisited it, Iggy singing in French is quite a first.


"To the Beach", is very introspective, and really just floats along on the lyrics and piano figure, I felt a rhythmic element too soon would break the mood.


"Je sais que tu sais" is a duet in english/french with Lucie Aime from the Poitou-Charentes region of France. Dark and rocking it follows a dialog between the sexes.


"Spanish Coast" Iggy was somewhat inspired by the character in the book " the possibiliy of an island" he had the first few lines and and we took it from there, there is a pulsating string motif in the intro and outro which borrows heavily from the oceans waves.


"Nice to be Dead" Is a full blooded rock track, which goes poetically from wanting to be left alone to acknowledging that being dead is the best "green" solution for the planet.Some classic Iggy in there, "we kind of rocked this in a way that I knew would work. As the vocal becomes more urgent the track really takes off its towards the end where i wanted to create a audio firestorm/end of the world kind of a sound with Iggy in the center


"How Insensitive" The original by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, features English lyrics by Norman Gimbel. "We tweaked the feel of the rhythmic features.On the more well known jazz tracks that are such a staple of the lounge jazz cannon, I approached them with a new twist...to bring the songs into a new wing of the building as it were.I feel theres no point in doing another BMW car stereo ready jazz track. so this pulsates and then erupts with Iggy floating on top, quite nicely I may add"


"Party Time." This is an electro dance type track, with quite funny lrics about disco culture, with Daft Punk like electronic elements. "At this point we were careening from one side of the road to another stylistically having fun, perhaps we grazed the guardrail a bit with this one, but it works really well"


"Machine for Loving" is a spoken word recitation from Houellbecqs book. "Its a beautiful passage but quite dark as well"


Video of the February 28th Ann Arbor tribute to the late Ron Asheton is now available. See Powertrain, Hiawatha, Kyoto Cutout, more here.

Peaches covers the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" for the latest War Child Heroes release
Peaches cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXdIifOwUZ8



3.14.09: The media loves Iggy!

Iggy Pop Talks Future of Stooges, Jazzy New Solo Album, “War Child” Disc
3/11/09, 12:09 pm EST
Rolling Stone

Iggy Pop has puked on his audience, rolled around in broken glass and exposed himself to crowds. But on his new album, the 61-year-old rocker does something that may shock people — he sings in French. The Stooges frontman shows off his multilingualism On “Autumn Leaves,” a track off Préliminaires, due out May 19th. The record was inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq’s 2005 novel, The Possibility of An Island. “As I read scenes in the book, I felt music in my head,” says Pop, who also composed a score for the book’s forthcoming film adaptation. “I wrote less and less for the movie and started writing an alternative score to the novel.”

The disc — which features trombones and clarinets — lifts its sound from 1920s New Orleans. “We get dangerously near jazz,” says Pop, who cut tracks in Woodstock and Miami. “At first, I thought, ‘If I want to pee and I don’t do it with a sign that says Progenitor of Punk, people don’t want to know about it.’ Luckily, at this point in my life, I don’t care very much.”

In other Iggy news, the rocker recently nominated saucy electro provocateur Peaches to cover his “Search and Destroy” for War Child’s Heroes compilation, a charity disc for kids living in war-torn regions. “I get a big shot of pleasure every time I hear her music,” Iggy says of the Canadian singer, with whom he’s collaborated on several tracks in the past. “All the better since it was one of my songs.”

Pop — whose longtime Stooges bandmate, guitarist Ron Asheton, died in January — also hinted at the group’s future plans. “We have a large vault, and I’ve been fooling around with different ways to approach vocals,” he says. The band is also “developing something with a dramatic filmmaker,” but Iggy declined to elaborate. What about rumors that Sex Pistols‘ guitarist Steve Jones might join the Stooges? “I talked to Steve, and if I wanted an extra guitar, he’d be the guy to call,” says Iggy. “The group still exists. I’m not gonna tell you more than that.”

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Nicole Frehsee


3.4.09: The media blitz about Preliminaires is in full swing!

New Iggy Pop CD "Preliminaires" from EMI France to be released April/ May 2009
The trailer for CD, which is supposed to be heavily promoted --


 Iggy Pop to release new album "Préliminaires" in May 2009 (Official Statement)

Iggy Pop will release a new album called Préliminaires in May 2009. The artist, considered to be the "Godfather Of Punk", returns with a quieter album, with some jazz overtones" as he explains in a video posted on his website to announce the project.

"At one point I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music and I've started listening to a lot of New Orleans-era, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz. And I've always loved quieter ballads as well."

The album themes and texts have been inspired by Iggy's reading of controversial French novellist Michel Houellebecq, and his book "The Possibility Of An Island".

"[The book] is about death, sex, the end of the human race, and some other pretty funny stuff [...] I read the book with intense pleasure when it came out, and in my mind, I created music that would have been the music that I would hear in my soul when I read this book" explains Iggy Pop.

The title ‘Preliminaires’ means Foreplay in French, and Iggy Pop explains that the album indeed has been done especially for France and French-speaking people. On the record, he sings in French a cover of Jazz standard "Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)", originally created by Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prévert and performed in French by artists like Yves Montand and Edith Piaf. Other titles include New Orleans influenced King Of The Dogs, a story about a dog named Fox who explains "how cool it is to be a dog, and how much it beats human life", and "How Insensitive", jazz and bossa nova standard composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim.

The visuals for the album will be created by French/Iranian graphic novelist and animated film director Marjane Satrapi. Marjane and Iggy met when she asked him to do the voice of one of the characters in her Academy-award nominated animated movie ‘Persepolis’ in 2007.

Préliminaires is to be released on May, 18th on EMI Music.




Jazz Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Iggy
Pribeck, read report here:

Iggy Pop To Release Jazz Album
3/2/2009 By Brock Thiessen
Exclaim story here:

Iggy Pop to release 'jazzy' album
Wednesday, March 4 2009, 5:56am EST
By Mayer Nissim
Read digitalspy.com article:

Iggy Pop to release jazz album indebted to French literature
Mar 2, 2009
nme.com story:

Iggy gets jazzy with new album
March 3, 2009
The Detroit Free Press article:

Iggy Pop Readies Jazz Album
Mar 03, 2009
aversion.com report:

Iggy Pop Records Jazz Album
03/02/09 4:05pm
by Kate Harper (CHARTattack) story here:

Iggy Pop to release jazz album inspired by French novel
By Liz Stinson on March 2, 2009
pastemagazine.com article:

Iggy Pop Reads French Literature, Records Jazz Album About It
By Judy BermanPosted on
March 02, 2009
limewire.com report:

See Contact News report

A real mild child: Iggy Pop records jazz album
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 | 3:07 PM ET
Read complete story here at CBC News

Iggy Pop to release jazz album steeped in French literature
An unlikely cocktail of Michel Houellebecq and Jelly Roll Morton is the inspiration for Stooges legend's new francophile album, Préliminaires. read full article at link below



2.23.09: Powertrane memorial show February 28 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor
Hear host John "Rastafarian" Griffin on WCBN online  at 4PM EST Friday Feb 27th: http://wcbn.org/


Michel Houellebecq's documentary "The Possibikty of a Island"

Screened at the Locarno International Film Festival 2008 (Switzerland)
DVD on sale March 17:

The documentary Last Words directed by Erik Lieshout, Arno Hagers and Reinier van Brummelen. Bonanza Films was in charge of the production. The film shows Michel Houellebecq while he is translating his last book ‘The Possibility of an Island’ into images. Iggy Pop, who is Houellebecq’s admirer as well as idol, made 7 songs especially for the documentary. A search for a ‘farewell without an end’ and the ‘pure fear of space’. The result of Houellebecq’s film version of the book at the festival was under its original French title 'La Possibilité d'une île.'

‘The Possibility of an Island’


Who, among you, deserves eternal life? Daniel is a highly successful stand-up comedian who has made a career out of playing outrageously on the prejudices of his public. But at the beginning of the twenty-first century, he has begun to detest laughter in particular and mankind in general. Despite this, Daniel is unable to stop himself believing in the possibility of love. A thousand years on, war, drought and earthquakes have decimated the earth and Daniel24 lives alone in a secure compound - his only companion, a cloned dog named Fox. Outside, the remnants of the human race roam in packs, while Daniel24 attempts to decipher his predecessor's history. In a nightmarish vision of the implosion of the modern world, he, like his predecessor attempts to fathom the meaning of love, sex, suffering and regret.

About the Author
Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of the Atomised, Platform and Whatever. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.

Editor's note: According to his rep, the 7 songs are very Sinatra-like (low voice and all). Cool. Interesting and nothing like what he's been doing.

Watch the movie online:

The Brighton Port Authority return with 'He's Frank' featuring the legendary Iggy Pop

The BPA - He's Frank (Slight Return) Feat. Iggy Pop
The BPA - He's Frank (Washing Up) Featuring Iggy Pop

The debut album 'I Think We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat' is set to hit shops worldwide over the next 2 months. For info of the release in your country, be sure to check:



James Williamson update
The Fretboad Journal

In 1972, James Williamson found himself taking over the guitar duties for the legendary proto-punk band the Stooges. Derek See interviews Williamson about his guitar work on the famed Raw Power album, the Gibson Les Paul Custom he used on that recording and his current love (slack-key guitar). In addition to vintage photographs of Williamson with the Stooges, this article features several new, close-up shots of Williamson’s beat-but-beautiful Les Paul.(FBJ)

From James himself to iggypop.org: "The article was written late last spring. The picture was taken on the Big Island of Hawaii in August in a sacred place called Lapakahi where ancient Hawaiian villagers used to live. Actually, I provided the FBJ with about 8 differant pictures and the picture with the grass shack was my least favorite since I'm kind of squenting due to the sun, but none-the-less that's the one they choose. Perhaps they saw the same thing you (cb) saw in the photo and liked it. It is a quarterly publication so should run through March with back issue available for those who are too late. Frankly, I mainly did the article for get exposure for the luthiers that I've been working with who are simply amazing at what they do. For those reading the article and interested in the Herman Weissenborn spanish neck guitar restoration, I'll incude this clip of me noodling on a work in progress that I'm calling "Pokii" which means "little sister" in Hawaiian. Its a little rough and I've left a rather big flub in there, but you can get the idea of what the guitar sounds like from it."

"Pokii" MP3 by James Williamson

James is now an executive with Sony and a frequent visitor to Hawaii, having just recently returmed.

"Secondly, I wanted to pass on this short story about our recent visit to the Big Island of Hawaii. While there, my wife and I went on an awesome hike over a very rough a'a (sharp lava) field to a totally secluded black and white sand beach called Ke-awa-iki. Nearby, are some pools which are covered in gold lava rock (see picuture.) This Hawaiian Shrine (see picture) was in front of the pools and on instinct I found a gold flecked piece of lava and placed it on this shrine in a prominent place in memory of my old friend Ron Asheton. I think he would've liked that."





Lester Bangs 1980

Incredible 90 minute interview with legendary rock critic Lester Bangs from 1980. Lester speaks about factors within the music industry, New Wave, Punk, CBGB's & music journalism.

MP3 - Part 1 10.8 MB    Part 2 10.1 MB