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James Jewel Osterberg, aka as Iggy Pop, Iggy Stooge or The Ig, is one of American rock's greatest characters. An innovator with origins in garage punk bands, he saw the light at an early Doors concert where his hero Jim Morrison's stage antics sparked the idea that he could do follow suit. Outrage, theatricality and the sensual side of performance informed his own act from year zero. He made truly seminal albums with The Stooges for Elektra Records before embarking on a long and brilliant solo career that has given us such epics as Lust For Life. The Idiot and TV Eye and chart success with 'Nightclubbing', 'China Girl' and 'The Passenger'. Inducted with The Stooges into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 2010 he has managed to parlay a uniquely anarchic stance into something that flirts with mainstream acceptance but is never diluted by compromise. For all his street credibility and flamboyant image Iggy is no fool. You're just as likely to find him hunkered down with a copy of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as you are trashing a backline of amplifiers. If he plays a role then he's perfect for the part he created. He is a one of a kind artist.
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