When David Bowie passed earlier this year, Iggy Pop stepped to the plate with one of the most engaging firsthand testimonials about his friend and collaborator. Iggy recalled Bowie putting in work to resurrect his career (and life) in the late ‘70s, like when he visited his parents in a Detroit trailer park: “The neighbors were so frightened of the car and the bodyguard they called the police.” With any luck, many more Iggy Pop experiences like that will be coming to life in a new book this fall.
It’s called Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop, and it hypes itself as, “the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words.” It’s due out Nov. 17 via Third Man, the vinyl-obsessed record label headed by Jack White.
Author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg spent two days with the Stooges frontman in his Miami home, and took in a bevy of stories about the proto-punk band he fronted from 1967 to 1973, and then revived in the early 2000s. Jon Savage, mainstay historian of all things punk, is also listed as an editor and contributor.
Alongside all the nostalgia, Iggy has remained an active — dare we say prolific — creator in recent years. Earlier this year, he released Post Pop Depression, a studio album crafted alongside Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. The Stooges’ last studio album was Ready to Die, released in 2013.