iggy pop is writing a wild and suitably titled memoir

The Stooges frontman's 'Total Chaos' will document the rise, fall, and rebirth of the American protopunk legends.

by i-D Staff and Hannah Ongley
26 April 2016, 5:20pm

When it comes to crazy shenanigans, posing nude for a life drawing class probably rated just above grocery shopping and filing taxes on Iggy Pop's list of Boring Stuff. The protopunk icon — who has claimed not to like punk music — has accumulated no shortage of barely believable chronicles involving drugs, alcohol, and estrangements as he fronted the wildly influential Iggy and the Stooges throughout the late 60s and early 70s. Following the band's triumphant 2000s reunion, Iggy will put these stories into his own words in a memoir titled Total Chaos. The tell-all is slated for a winter release via Jack White's Third Man Books. 

"It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of The Stooges," editor/contributor Jon Savage told Third Man. "He's an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre — punk rock — and influenced countless others that followed. There was no precedent in rock music for what they did. They're definitely the only group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who started out playing an amplified Waring blender, a vacuum cleaner, spring water bottles, and a 200 gallon oil drum."

Author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg also spent two days with Pop at his Miami home making Total Chaos happen. The book will include additional contributions from White, Johnny Marr, Joan Jett, and Third Man's Ben Blackwell, along with rare and unseen photographs. Check out the cover below.


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Ricardo Toscani

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