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Iggy Pop's legendary career has been tumultuous, reaching great heights with mega-hits and then hitting rock-bottom lows in jail and mental institutions. Along the way, he's become a cult-rock hero, an inspiration for dozens of other famous rockers, and has had a pretty good time of it, too. But the image of Iggy Pop versus the man behind that image, James Newell Osterberg, Jr., is surprisingly contradictory. The "nude and rude" punk rocker was the vice president of his high school class and is considered an intellectual by many.

Living in Ann Arbor among Iggy's childhood friends and pre-fame lovers, and interviewing dozens of musicians including Iggy himself, Paul Trynka has created a sincere and fascinating portrayal of the real man behind the rock star.

©2007 Paul Trynka; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Trynka captures Iggy's debauchery in an obsessively detailed and compulsively readable biography that is as high-energy and entertaining as its subject." (Publishers Weekly)
"This fitting biography...finally tells the full story of Iggy's life, rescuing coherence from a tale of thrills, contradictions, debauchery, betrayal, and (ultimately) redemption." (Booklist)
"Journalist Trynka...deftly walks the line between fan boy and dogged researcher...The result is a complete portrait of the man and his work...This is the definitive word on Iggy, elbowing past even his autobiography." (Library Journal)

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iggy is so punk rock


Jim aka Iggy was an intelligent guy who was very into drugs. A crazy & very windy journey that covers over 30 years of his life.
It's tough to read at times with how much he hurts himself, but overall, it's a classic slice of rock n roll & punk.

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  • Michael
  • Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-03-08

Banal and Boring

This book (and Iggy's story) is one of the most boring and banal books I've downloaded. There are so many eyerolling moments I'm having a hard time getting through to the end. Only a teenager in the 70's would find this story compeling or salacious. A real life Spinal Tap for the punk movement...

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