Who would have thought Iggy would be the longest living of the original Stooges lineup? An excellent documentary that makes good use of the little footage that we have of the Stooges early days, as well as interview footage of the members. Jim Jarmusch pieces together a compelling film about one of the wildest, most influential, and most unique rock acts of the 1960's.
Interesting and very well made by Jarmusch.
Iggy Pop (born as, James Newell Osterberg Jr. on April 21, 1947), and the Stooges on film from the early days with live concerts clips and interviews. This film gave me an introduction to the Stooges and some background, but did not really help get to know their music, which is why I will be listening to the soundtrack CD, of this film.
The interviews with a very lucid and frank Iggy Pop, was refreshing to see, after all the drugs that they had consumed during those years. He talks of buying a dog collar for himself, after seeing a dog in the window with a red collar, and of how it liked the way Egyptians were portrayed with no tops, thus going shirtless most of the time in concert.
Great documentary about an amazing rock and roll band. Lots of interesting details and stories that I'd never heard before. Jarmusch and the Stooges are a winning combination.
Assumes some familiarity with the band, but a great music documentary, layered and well thought out. Terrific images.
This Jim Jarmusch documentary will fill in any blank spots you have about The Stooges. I was under the impression that one of the Asheton brothers was the first to die. Not so. It was Dave Alexander, the bassist, who was fired by Iggy during the festival-heavy schedule of 1970. That was the end of the original lineup. The band was dropped by Elektra. Eventually James Williamson was added on lead guitar; Ron Asheton switched to bass. Iggy had come under the influence of David Bowie's Svengali, Tony DeFries, who flew The Stooges to London and then set them up in Los Angeles. RAW POWER is the result. And that's it. Three studio LPs: THE STOOGES, FUN HOUSE, RAW POWER. Probably three of the most influential albums, which Jarmusch explicates convincingly, in the history of rock'n'roll. This film is worth watching even if you're not a student of rock. Iggy Pop is an engaging subject whose insights are honest and original.
Great rockumentary about the seminal band The Stooges. Several of the band members have passed away, but Iggy Pop (James Osterberg Jr.) is the primary talking head giving first hand recollections about the life and adventures of the band. Watching the DVD, you really have to appreciate that anyone survived! The Stooges formed in the early 1960s, originally called the Psychedelic Stooges, they had a unique sound and presence that differentiated the band from the popular 60s band. One of their posters from 1973 identifies them as the “bizarre Stooges.” Iggy emphasizes that the band members were communists (very communal), hated being told what to do, how to do it and how to sound. They all succumbed to drugs and recovery. As Iggy claims, “I think I helped wiped out the 1960s.” I would have liked a bit more live performances and music, but the band existed before the heyday of music videos. I’ll borrow some of their CDs. Nice to see an influential artist/band being recognized and appreciated while still living, and nice to hear the story from the original artists.
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