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

Iggy and The Stooges

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.

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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:

Iggy and the Stooges circa 1968 (c) Steve Bober

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

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See Iggy Pop In Two Detroit Q&A Sessions

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop will join director Jim Jarmusch for a Q&A following an advance screening of Gimme Danger on Oct. 25 at Detroit Film Theatre in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets are $15 and are available now at DIA.org, at the DFT box office or by phone at (313) 833-4005. Gimme Danger will begin its regular DFT run in conjunction with the film’s Oct. 28 national premiere, with showings also on Oct. 29 and 30, then again Nov. 4-6.

Additionally, Iggy will join Michigan native Don Was on Oct. 22 at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre to share stories and insights into their bodies of work. The event will be filmed for the Living Histories series, a collaboration between the Grammy Foundation and Iron Mountain. Tickets are $35 and on sale now.

Read more at the Detroit Free Press.

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‘Gimme Danger’ Nominated For Critics’ Choice Documentary Award

Gimme Danger documentary movie poster

Nominations have been announced for the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, which will be held November 3 at BRIC in Brooklyn. Among the nominees, Gimme Danger, the Iggy and the Stooges documentary directed by Jim Jarmusch, has been nominated for Best Music Documentary. In addition, as part of the gala awards ceremony, the BFCA and BTJA also will also be honoring this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary. Honorees are as follows:

  • Danny Fields – Danny Says (Magnolia/Outre Films)
  • Iggy Pop – Gimme Danger (Magnolia/Amazon)
  • Kirsten Johnson – Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
  • Owen Suskind – Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)
  • Sharon Jones – Miss Sharon Jones! (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)
  • Steve Gleason – Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)
  • Theo Padnos – Theo Who Lived (Zeitgeist Films)

Read more at Deadline.

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TimesTalks: See Iggy Pop & Jim Jarmusch October 27

Iggy Pop and director Jim Jarmusch will be interviewed for “TimesTalks” by The New York Times on October 27 to discuss the new Iggy and the Stooges documentary Gimme Danger, which opens in selected U.S. theaters on October 28. Tickets for the interview can be purchased at the TimesTalks website. More details:

TimesTalks – Jim Jarmusch and Iggy Pop
Interviewed by The New York Times
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00PM

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