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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (584 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Trynka Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Iggy Pop’s legendary career has been tumultuous, reaching great heights, producing mega-hits, while at times 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., are surprisingly contradictory. As the author deftly reveals in this first-ever biography of Iggy, 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 dozen of musicians including Iggy himself, Trynka has created a sincere and fascinating portrayal of the real man behind the rock star.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s plenty of detail on the creative process behind Iggy’s music...but inevitably, the best parts are the blackly funny tales of Iggy at his worst.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “When you strip away all the nonsense, Iggy is a pro. Trynka too.”


  • “An obsessively detailed and compulsively readable biography that is as high-energy and entertaining as its subject.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Dufris’ voice is invested with meticulousness, weighing each word carefully and swooping to a near-baritone halt at the close of each sentence. Dufris is the anti-Iggy, polite and modulated, and it is his counterexample that allows the light to shine more brightly on Pop himself.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “[Trynka] deftly walks the line between fan boy and dogged researcher…This is the definitive word on Iggy, elbowing past even his autobiography.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The author’s love for a flawed-but-deep-down-okay dude, plus his amazing eye for detail, make this one of the finest rock bios of recent memory: Music and pop culture fans will dig it.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hannah | 2/11/2014

    " I didn't think it was possible for the life of Iggy Pop to be boring, but Paul Trynka made it that way! If you are a hardcore Stooges fan, this might be worth a look; otherwise, move on. This is another book that could have been really interesting, but suffered from an overly-academic writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/10/2014

    " Voted "most likely to succeed" in school.Succeed he did indeed do, one of the most influential punk rock musicans out there. At the time I was into David Bowie and came to Iggy because of their friendship and liked his(Iggy) music, especially as The Stooges. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by John Landis | 2/8/2014

    " He really comes off looking like a comple douche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 2/7/2014

    " This is as definitive as it gets (don't skip the "notes and sources"), with the added bonus of being read-able. (and balanced - Iggy, as a character, gets less attractive the further one gets into the story). "

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