New Stooges Documentary to hit theaters this month


-Brian Furman

There would be no punk rock without The Stooges. The seminal proto-punk band fronted by the iconic Iggy Pop has been given the documentary treatment. It would be just another rock-doc, but this rock-doc is directed by Coffee and Cigarettes art-house director, Jim Jarmusch. The film chronicles The Stooges career from Mid-West Michigan miscreants, through Fun House, Raw Power, and all the raucous peanut buttered live performances that made the band legendary.

The stooges released their first album, the self-titled The Stooges, in 1969 to little fanfare, they quickly followed up with 1970’s Fun House with poor sales and negative reviews, the band lived on the strength of their unpredictable live shows. After a breakup in 1971, the band returned in 1973 with Raw Power the album that pushed the punk rock movement to the next stage. They broke up for good  in 1974 with Iggy Pop going on to a successful solo career, and the rest of The Stooges moving onto various projects.  stooges_poster

Never getting their full due in the 70’s, the band found a  following through to the 90’s when many punk and alternative bands began name-dropping Raw Power as an influential record. This fueled the band’s return in 2003 until 2014 when the band went on indefinite hiatus. The Stooges were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, and are on a host of “best of” lists including coming in at #78 on Rolling Stone Magazines 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.  Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger has its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19th, 2016 and will be released nationwide on October 28th, 2016.