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Iggy And The Stooges ‘Gimme Danger’ – Jim Jarmusch Interview

Iggy and the Stooges

Jim Jarmusch’s The Stooges documentary Gimme Danger, which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday (Nov. 4), isn’t just about Iggy Pop. The Ohio-born indie auteur — a musician himself who first heard the Stooges as a teenager when the band released its 1969 eponymous debut — gives equal due to all the original members: Late brothers Ron (guitar; d. 2009) and Scott Asheton (drums; d. 2014) and Dave Alexander (bass; d. 1975) get equal billing, along with integral member James Williamson (guitar).

Read Jarmusch’s interview at Billboard.

Photo: Byron Newman/Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures

See Iggy Pop, Author Jeff Gold In Q&A Sessions October 25 & November 4

TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of the Stooges Q&A sessions with Iggy Pop and Jeff Gold

To celebrate the publication of TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop, Third Man Books will present the legendary Iggy Pop in conversation with author Jeff Gold. They will appear in Detroit on October 25 at Third Man Records Cass Corridor, and on November 4 in New York City at Rizzoli Bookstore. These events will be open to the public with admittance first come, first serve.

October 25
Third Man Records
Cass Corridor
441 West Canfield Street

November 4
Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway at 26th Street
New York City

TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words and features a cache of never before seen images. The book will be available from Third Man Books in November 2016.

Read more at Third Man.

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Iggy Pop & Jim Jarmusch On ‘Gimme Danger’ Documentary – Rolling Stone

When the Stooges split up in 1974, they had every reason to think they’d be completely forgotten by history. … With each passing year after their breakup, however, the reputation of the Stooges slowly increased. When they finally reunited in 2003, they were able to headline massive festivals all over the world. So in 2008, Iggy approached filmmaker Jim Jarmusch about creating a Stooges documentary. Neither of them had any idea the project would end up taking seven years to complete and that, one-by-one, nearly all of the living members of the band besides Iggy would die while it was still in production. The end result is the highly moving documentary Gimme Danger, which opens up October 28th.

What sparked the idea for this documentary?

Pop: I asked him. I think it had gotten to a point where I just felt the group needed and deserved to be the subject of a film by somebody who actually made films. I thought, “I know somebody. I’m gonna give it a pitch.” I guess I didn’t pitch him; I just said, “Would you make a movie about the Stooges?” He thought about it for a couple of minutes.

Read the full interview at Rolling Stone.

See Rare Photos From ‘TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of the Stooges’ – Rolling Stone

A new book, TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of the Stooges, tells the band’s revolutionary story through many never-before-published photos and extensive interviews that author Jeff Gold conducted with Iggy Pop. It also contains contributions from Johnny Marr, Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Joan Jett and Jack White, among others.

The tome is set to come out on November 15th via White’s Third Man Books. In anticipation of its release, the publisher has shared many rare photos with Rolling Stone, with Pop’s commentary from the book. Here is an excerpt:

Stooges, Circa 1968
The Stooges played the Ann Arbor Armory in April 1968 – a gig where Iggy wore “whiteface.” “This looks like one of our very first shows in which I started fronting, and I’ve given Ron the guitar,” Pop said, looking at the photo. “[I’m] barefoot. I had a perm gone wrong. I had long hair and I thought it would look more wild permed, but I didn’t know that would shorten it. I had no eyebrows, which was a physical problem. And we had a little 20-minute set worked out.”

Photo (c) Steve Bober