It's fair to say that Vincent Furnier made musical history when he became Alice Cooper; an androgynous shock rocker who spent his teenage years pursuing a career in rock, and certainly not following in his preacher father's footsteps. From his inception, Alice Cooper went against the grain of what is accepted in modern music with over-the-top, gore-filled live shows which at one point saw a chicken get unwittingly murdered by his audience. However, the fun soon got out of hand when Alice Cooper and his band got fully submerged in the rock 'n' roll world of alcohol and drug abuse. Setting up the drinking club The Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper would be hospitalised more than once for his substance abuse issues, getting so obsessed with that world that he would not even be able to remember large chunks of his recording career.
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The punk icon delivered the lecture titled “free music in a capitalist society”, on the 10th anniversary of the DJ’s death.
Punk icon Iggy Pop has criticised U2 for their free album give away, while also addressing the culture of file sharing during this year’s John Peel Lecture. Hosted by BBC Music, the annual lecture is held in memory of the late radio DJ who helped popularised punk music in Britain.
Iggy Pop gave this year's John Peel lecture
Speaking about the Irish band’s decision to give away free copies of their new album to to over 500 million iTunes customers, Pop said, “The people who don’t want the free U2 download are trying to say, ‘Don’t try to force me,’ and they’ve got a point. Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it’s kind of an anointing, you are giving that person love.”
The Harry Potter star, all set to appear in the upcoming rom-com 'What If?' recently stated he wants to play Iggy Pop. But is this a match made in heaven, or a casting nightmare?
Following Daniel Radcliffe's recent announcement that he wouldn't mind playing the unpredictable and irrational Iggy Pop in a film, it's interesting to wonder whether Radcliffe could actually pull off the part of the drug-addled rock star.
Daniel Radcliffe admits there are similarities between him and Iggy Pop
The comment came from an interview with radio host Eric J Lawrence, in which Radcliffe stated "we've got a similar, gnarly sort of, slightly strange skinny bodies." Perhaps the twenty five year old's star power would be the perfect draw for an Iggy Pop film, as the last time Pop was portrayed on screen was by Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins last year. The film, CBGB, received negative reviews, with review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes rating the film only 6%.
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The human rights group have expressed their contrition, but that was probably the plan all along
Amnesty International have apologised for using the likeness of Iggy Pop on an anti-torture campaign in Belgium.
The poster featured The Stooges frontman as a battered, bruised figure, quoting him as saying Justin Bieber was "the future of rock and roll". It also carried the slogan: "Torture a man and he will tell you anything."
Iggy Pop is yet to comment on Amnesty's campaign
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Remembering The Stooges drummer who passed away on Saturday.
In the words of his Stooges bandmate Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton ‘left a huge legacy to the world’. The 64 year old drummer of the influential early punk band died on Saturday (March 15, 2014) leaving the music world in mourning. As stars line up to pay their respects we remember The Stooges drummer and the music he left behind.
Scott Asheton (in baseball cap), alongside Iggy Pop at The Stooges Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
'Scott Asheton passed away. Stooges albums on full’, the words tweeted by Black Flag’s Henry Rollins after learning of the death of Scott Asheton. Like Rollins, many fans and famous admirers have taken to twitter to express their feelings on not only the drummer but what the music of The Stooges meant to them. The band have taken on legendary status since their formation in 1967 when Asheton, his brother Ron, Dave Alexander and the then James Osterberg, better known as Iggy Pop came together to change rock and roll.
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Iggy Pop has paid tribute to the late Stooges drummer Scott Asheton.
Iggy Pop has led the tributes to his late friend and band-mate, The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, who has died aged 64. Pop confirmed the news on his Facebook page on Sunday (March 16, 2014), saying, "He was like my brother. I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning."
Iggy Pop Has Paid Tribute To His Friend and Bandmate Scott Asheton
Asheton was an integral part of the pioneering punk band The Stooges from their early says in Detroit in the late 1960s. His bother Ron - with whom he co-founded the band - died in 2009.
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Iggy Pop performed with New Order at the Tibet show in New York.
Iggy Pop was backed by New Order for a rendition of classic JOY DIVISION tracks including Love Will Tear Us Apart at the 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on Tuesday night (March 11, 2014).
Iggy Pop Played 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' With New Order
New Order were always slated to appear at the concert, but gig-goers were treated to a surprise appearance from Iggy, who played frontman for the evening. Bernard Sumner and other members of the current New Order guise backed the punk legend through the set, which raised money for a charity that fights to preserve Tibetan culture.
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Iggy Pop is set for two Christmas shows.
He’s not exactly associated with Christmas, but Iggy Pop will be hosting two special festival shows on BBC 6Music.
It’s all part of a line up that includes Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash and Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Christmas Day will herald his first show; it’s called Rockin' Rebels and will be followed by an interview with Metallica drummer Ulrich, which is part of Matt Everitt's ‘The First Time’.
Then it’s New Year’s Day. Iggy’s show, on the first day of 2014 is called Heartbreak and Heartaches. The BBC said the shows would offer an "exclusive insight into the mind of one of the most influential rock stars of the last 40 years".
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Check out the trailer for the punk film below
The highly anticipated movie surrounding New York’s infamous CBGB club is getting closer, and we’ve got some fantastic film stills to whet your punk-rock appetite. Rupert Grint stars alongside his Harry Potter nemsis Alan Rickman who portrayed Professor Snape, the man who terrorized his best friend Harry for years at Hogwarts.
Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal in CBGB
The ginger actor plays Dead Boys' guitarist Cheetah Chrome Elsewhere, Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop, Malin Åkerman is Debbie Harry, Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner is Patti Smith and Twilight actress Ashley Greeneis Kristal's daughter Lisa.
Cautious praise for Stooges fifth album
Iggy Pop by rights should be long dead by now, given the rock and roll lifestyle he’s led during near 50 years of pushing his body to the limit in the name of punk, so is the title of Iggy & The Stooges latest album Ready To Die a pretty apt summary as to how Iggy currently feels? And more to the important, do the critics agree with him?
Well, the praise has been cautiously positive though by no means out and out superlative from the press so far. Let’s start with the negative and the Irish Times, which writes “These songs are painfully average, even clichéd at times; Ready to Retire might have been a more accurate title.” It’s kind of crazy that, despite Iggy’s long solo career, this is actually only the fifth album for the proto-punk group, since their ground breaking 1969 album The Stooges. The Guardian comments “Ready to Die becomes really good when he stops trying. It feels an odd thing to say about a Stooges album, but the best moments are the ballads, which have a power and sincerity lacking elsewhere.”
However, Clash Music said “A time-bridging release that stands as an essential and timely reminder of just how rock ‘n’ roll ought to be played” while Rolling Stone comment “Iggy is ... in blunt f*ck-you and just-try-to-kill-me form.”
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