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.
"Trynka captures Iggy's debauchery in an obsessively detailed and compulsively readable biography that is as high-energy and entertaining as its subject." (Publishers Weekly)
"This fitting biography...finally tells the full story of Iggy's life, rescuing coherence from a tale of thrills, contradictions, debauchery, betrayal, and (ultimately) redemption." (Booklist)
"Journalist Trynka...deftly walks the line between fan boy and dogged researcher...The result is a complete portrait of the man and his work...This is the definitive word on Iggy, elbowing past even his autobiography." (Library Journal)
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