Iggy Pop Tells the Stooges’ Story in New Book, “Total Chaos”


Iggy Pop Tells the Stooges’ Story in New Book, “Total Chaos”

–Joe Lund

Iggy Pop and Jack White have joined forces, in a sense, to tell the story behind one of rock and roll’s most seminal bands. “Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop” will be published on December 5 by White’s Third Man Books. Based largely on new interviews with Pop conducted by author Jeff Gold, with help from contributors Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, the book tells the Stooges’ story in “Pop’s own words.” The book includes additional contributions from Dave Grohl, Joan Jett, Josh Homme, Jack White himself and many others. Hundreds of previously unseen photos are featured as well.


“[Iggy is] an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back,” says Gold. “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.”

The regular edition of “TOTAL CHAOS” carries a list price of $50, and is currently available for pre-order. Additionally, a limited edition – signed by Pop and packaged with a 7” of the punk icon’s pre-Stooges group, the Prime Movers, as well as three posters – will soon be available for $250.

“Total Chaos” comes in the midst of renewed interest in the Stooges, generated in part by the recent wide-scale screening “Gimme Danger,” a film documentary about the band directed by Jim Jarmusch. In addition, Rolling Stone recently posted a sampling of photos and text from “Total Chaos.”

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