The Complete Funhouse Sessions, which showcases more than 7 hours of recording sessions that went into the making of The Stooges’ Fun House album, has been re-released today! The boxed set includes every take from every Fun House session, remastered, in order, with all the music, false starts, jokes, and equipment hum. Of the 142 tracks, all but nine were previously unreleased, with 109 containing music and 33 containing studio dialogue. The set includes 7 CDs and a poster that features the original unretouched band photographs from both the front and back album cover. More information is available at Rhino.com.
You can watch a new video teaser of Iggy Pop from Andrew Zuckerman’s “Music” book, film, and iPad app project. During the video, Iggy explains how he developed his groundbreaking performance style.
Andrew Zuckerman has released “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.
In an interview with BlogCritics.org, Stooges guitarist James Williamson talked about the reissue of “Kill City” and his work as part of The Stooges. He said, “When I first met Iggy, actually, I had my guitar with me and played him one of my songs. And I think that stuck with him. The trouble with it is that style, it works for me, but it’s difficult to work with a band … It was only the Stooges who saw the possibilities in that. I really have to hand it to Iggy because it was only Iggy who could make enough sense out of it to help me mold it into a song that he could actually sing and it had a structure.” Read more at BlogCritics.org.
The current issue of NME includes The Stooges’ first album as one of the Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time. The magazine issue comes out on Wednesday, November 3rd. You can get a preview and vote for the album at NME.com!
The film documentary “Music,” which features interviews with 50 influential musicians, composers and producers, including Iggy Pop, will be shown at this year’s CMG Film Festival on Friday, October 22nd. The Andrew Zuckerman film looks at the impact of the artists’ music and their perspectives on life. You can find more information about the screening at CMJ2010.com. Iggy is included at the end of the movie trailer, which is posted below.
Iggy Pop gave a phone interview today on Australian radio to talk about the Stooges’ upcoming concert dates for Big Day Out 2011. In a conversation with Tom and Alex from Triple J Breakfast, Iggy said he’s “really looking forward to it.” He added, “Everybody I’ve heard that’s gonna be on it is just real high quality, so … it’s good company.” He also joked that Lindsay Lohan would be a perfect choice to play him if a biopic were ever to be made of his life. You can listen to the full interview here.
The Sydney, Australia concert sold out in just minutes today, prompting organizers to add a second performance date in that city. The second date in Sydney will be January 27th, and tickets for that date will go on sale on October 11th at 12:01 a.m at BigDayOut.com and 9 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.au (both at Sydney local time).
On Friday October 1st, Iggy Pop and Mike Watt joined the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles to pay tribute to Yoko Ono and celebrate in the days leading up to what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Iggy and Yoko rocked the house with “Waiting For The D Train.” Other guests included Perry Farrell, RZA, Carrie Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Vincent Gallo. Read more details about the show at the The Orange County Register.
Iggy and the Stooges have been confirmed to play at Big Day Out 2011 in Australia and New Zealand. The annual music festival includes more than 40 acts and runs between January 21st and February 6th. Tickets go on sale for Sydney on October 6th, for the Gold Coast on October 7th, and for Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on October 8th. The band is expected to play all dates. You can find more information about how to buy tickets at BigDayOut.com.
Iggy Pop was in Los Angeles on Saturday to show his support at PETA’s 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards. The event honored activists and celebrities who have worked with PETA to draw attention to animal rights issues. On the red carpet, Iggy spoke about how he became involved with the organization, and you can view what he had to say in the video below (at 16:42-17:40).
Gibson.com has ranked Ron Asheton’s solo on “Dirt” as one of the Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time. Listed at #46, Gibson says, “Asheton swabbed the record with psychedelic slime … Ron charges neck-first into the garage with a stinging attack some have compared to Coltrane.” The rankings are based on a poll of musicians and readers.