Personalities | Iggy Pop | Seventies | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1947)

One of the most significant figures of the 1970s, Iggy Pop (real name James Osterberg) was hailed as the godfather of punk. But when The Stooges called it a day in 1971, he was viewed as a spent force and it was only the persistence of David Bowie that led to The Stooges reconvening for Raw Power (1973) and a legendary gig at London’s King’s Cross Cinema. The band fell apart again in 1974 and Iggy entered a psychiatric institute, attempting to kick heroin. Bowie maintained contact, which led on to the pair creating Iggy’s two 1977 albums The Idiot and Lust For Life in Berlin.

The burgeoning punk movement also helped re-ignite Iggy’s career. 1979’s New Values reunited him with some former Stooges colleagues and after Zombie Birdhouse (1982) he took a break, returning in 1986 with Blah Blah Blah, which again featured Bowie. He continues to record and perform.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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