Today’s Michigan Notable Book is Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka from Broadway Books.
The Ann Arbor born “Godfather of Punk” was the front man for The Stooges, a band that was instrumental in the development punk, glam and New Wave. Trynka, a former editor of the music magazine Mojo, has penned the first full biography of James Osterberg Jr. aka Iggy Pop. In addition to delivering a greater understanding of this influential musician, the book also illustrates the enormous role Ann Arbor and Detroit played in the development of the alternative music scene.
From the publisher’s site:
Trynka has conducted over 250 interviews, has traveled to Michigan, New York, California, London, and Berlin, and, in the course of the last decade or so at Mojo, has spoken to dozens of musicians who count Iggy as an influence. This has allowed him to depict, via real-life stories from members of bands like New Order and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy’s huge influence on the music scene of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, as well as to portray in unprecedented detail Iggy’s relationship with his enigmatic friend and mentor David Bowie. Trynka has also interviewed Iggy Pop himself at his home in Miami for this book. What emerges is a fascinating psychological study of a Jekyll/Hyde personality: the quietly charismatic, thoughtful, well-read Jim Osterberg hitched to the banshee creation and alter ego that is Iggy Pop.
The Michigan Notable Books program annually selects 20 of the most notable books published in the year. The selections are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary, and cultural experience. You can click to view more Notable Books featured on Absolute Michigan and learn more about the program at www.michigan.gov/notablebooks.