Iggy Pop, photographed here in his apartment at the Christodora on Avenue B, just down the street, in Allen’s old neighborhood, New York’s East Village, on April 14, 1990
There’s a delightful documentary from around this time (made by Dutch film-maker, Blam Van Splunteren) – Iggy showing the film crew around, giving them a guided tour, around what was then a decidedly different neighborhood!
Iggy – perhaps this is the ultimate Iggy footage – Iggy and The Stooges in 1970 at the Cincinnati Pop Festival. Iggy’s legendary crowd-surfing and peanut-butter smearing (!)
and, of course, the legendary bod!
Gay Pop? – Joe Ambrose in his 2007 biography, Gimme Danger, The Story of Iggy Pop, writes – “Many people who knew him or worked with him, based on what they saw, find his recent hetero assertions hard to swallow [sic]. One band member refers to downright peculiar backstage behaviour involving Pop and Allen Ginsberg [sic] after a show”
– All this innuendo – Isn’t the author being more than a little prissy here?
Classic Iggy? – well, Allen always liked this one:
Here’s Iggy in October 1977 performing live at the Manchester Apollo, eight years later
Here’s Iggy performing in Paris, Olympia, 1991 (with his ass bare!) – here, here and here.
Perhaps the most useful and informative survey (at least of the first part of his life) is this German tv documentary, Lust For Life
[2014 update – Hot damn! they’ve taken it down, but you can still get a taste of it here]
A lot has gone down since 1986 when that was made. Iggy’s still with us real and raw, currently touring with a re-formed Stooges (see here), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a few years back, a curious phenomena, ubiquitous (is that the right word?), a (seemingly indestructible) “living legend”.
Legend? – that’s something you can have fun with – and take to the bank!
We’ll conclude with another image of Allen’s: