Iggy Pop’s legendary career has been tumultuous, reaching great heights with mega-hits and then hitting rock-bottom lows in jail and mental institutions. Along the way, he’s become a cult-rock hero, an inspiration for dozens of other famous rockers, and has had a pretty good time of it, too. But the image of Iggy Pop versus the man behind that image, James Newell Osterberg, Jr., is surprisingly contradictory. The “nude and rude” punk rocker was the vice president of his high school class and is considered an intellectual by many.
Living in Ann Arbor among Iggy’s childhood friends and pre-fame lovers, and interviewing dozens of musicians including Iggy himself, Paul Trynka has created a sincere and fascinating portrayal of the real man behind the rock star.