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3.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 5 3.10 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Trynka Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781455187874
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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.”

    Guardian

  • “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 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 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 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 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). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Herter | 2/1/2014

    " Iggy's party has been going off since the 60's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melody | 1/20/2014

    " Fascinating subject matter. The writing tripped me up, though. I found it repetitive, draggy, and pedestrian. I bailed out about half-way through. The photos are worth the price of admission. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Bardugo | 1/19/2014

    " So far, this is a shockingly good read. No blurbs and I'm not that big into rock bios, so I was wary, but I'm impressed. Well researched, opinionated, and just gossipy enough. As for the subject, the "godfather of punk" never ceases to shock, mystify, inspire. Lotta talent, lotta trouble. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 1/7/2014

    " An alright bio of Iggy. Nothing great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2014

    " Mad debauchery, drugs, aggression, but not as entertaining as I expected. Kind of depressing, but I'm at the point where Iggy's at his lowest, might feel different as he climbs away from his dopesick phase. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kater | 12/30/2013

    " IGGY IS A FREAK AND YOU CAN SEE HIS PENIS IN THIS BOOK OTHERWISE THIS SHIT WAS NOT THAT TIGHT "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Price | 12/28/2013

    " Like many rock star bios it's interesting but ultimately depressing repetitive story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 12/19/2013

    " Definitely worth a read. I'm giving it 4 stars not so much because it's a great book, but for my fellow fans of the rock music (the *TRUE* rock music), it's definitely something you should read to understand the full history of one of rocks greatest, consistently under-appreciated icons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvie | 12/17/2013

    " Well written biography. Lots of facts, which makes the read heavier. But with insight into the person as well as the career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duncan O'neill | 10/8/2013

    " A lot of detail, probably too much for some, but written with sly humour, and excellent insight / oversight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 3/12/2013

    " Very detailed story of Jim Osterberg/Iggy Pop. Maybe even too detailed. I would have preferred more crazy tour stories and fewer details of Iggy's multiple record contracts, managers, etc. Could have been a bit jucier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Surratt | 8/22/2012

    " The American Shaman deserves better treatment than this. Terribly written, although I enjoyed reading about his fascinating childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephan | 6/13/2012

    " I don't listen to Iggy Pop, but i saw this one day at the local library and figured why not. It was interesting but seeing how I am not really a fan, this only struck an interesting chord with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 3/2/2012

    " I just love Iggy... And if you do like Iggy, especially The Stooges, then i highly recommend reading this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/1/2012

    " An awesome read. I never thought about Iggy being an essentially separate entity from Jim Osterberg. Okay, and I am now afraid of (and for) Iggy in many ways. And I know what he looks like naked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will | 10/29/2011

    " I came to read this for the story. It delivered in that regard, so it gets 2 stars. It's good I wasn't looking to it for the writing, 'cause the writing is often shit. Trynka needs a new editor--if he has one at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theodora | 6/22/2011

    " A fun read, but I didn't like the tone of the biographer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/12/2011

    " The American Shaman deserves better treatment than this. Terribly written, although I enjoyed reading about his fascinating childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/28/2010

    " 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Landon | 11/22/2009

    " A very interesting and exciting biography of a punk legend. It was extremely detailed about how Iggy seemed to be rising to the top and then ruining his own dreams. Overall, I thought this book was very entertaining and is a must read for true music fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessicat | 8/3/2009

    " I can't believe it, but this book made me dis-like Iggy. Wow blasphemy--I have forsaken my God. I just get sick of reading about rock star dudes and their relationships with 14-year-old girls. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 7/15/2009

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 5/26/2009

    " Very detailed story of Jim Osterberg/Iggy Pop. Maybe even too detailed. I would have preferred more crazy tour stories and fewer details of Iggy's multiple record contracts, managers, etc. Could have been a bit jucier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richat | 4/14/2009

    " As it wears on...boy you start to hope something good will happen, ahhh Iggy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kater | 1/10/2009

    " IGGY IS A FREAK AND YOU CAN SEE HIS PENIS IN THIS BOOK OTHERWISE THIS SHIT WAS NOT THAT TIGHT "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 1/2/2009

    " An alright bio of Iggy. Nothing great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will | 8/18/2008

    " I came to read this for the story. It delivered in that regard, so it gets 2 stars. It's good I wasn't looking to it for the writing, 'cause the writing is often shit. Trynka needs a new editor--if he has one at all. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Trynka

Paul Trynka is a former editor of Mojo magazine. He has also been the editorial director of Q magazine, launch editor of The Guitar Magazine, and editor-in-chief of new projects at Emap, a media company that specializes in publishing and television. He is the author of Portrait of the Blues and Denim. He currently lives in London.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.