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Frontman for Iggy and The Stooges.
Pop/Rock, Detroit Rock
Hard Rock, Proto-Punk, Album Rock, Detroit Rock, Dance-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Bravado, Fierce, Cold, Swaggering, Volatile, Bleak, Brooding, Cathartic, Rebellious, Cynical/Sarcastic, Quirky, Tense/Anxious, Thuggish, Confident, Provocative, Brash, Rousing, Boisterous, Passionate, Street-Smart, Fiery
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Composer
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James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (born April 21, 1947), better known by his stage name Iggy Pop, is an American rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. Although he has had only limited mainstream success, Iggy Pop is considered an innovator of punk rock, garage rock, and other related styles. He is sometimes referred to by the nicknames "the Godfather of Punk" and "the Rock Iguana", and is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers. Pop began calling himself Iggy after his first band in high school, The Iguanas. His direct influence extends to the present day: a Cadillac ad in rotation since February 2007 features his vocal performance on the song "Punkrocker", recorded in 2006 with the Swedish band Teddybears.
Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges, a late 1960s/early 1970s garage rock band who were influential in the development of the nascent heavy metal and punk rock genres. The Stooges became infamous for their live performances, during which it was not uncommon for Pop (who traditionally performs bare-chested) to consume narcotics, self-mutilate, verbally abuse the audience, expose himself and leap off the stage (thus being the first or among the first to "stage dive"). Countless subsequent performers have imitated Pop`s antics.
Pop`s popularity has ebbed and flowed throughout the course of his subsequent solo career. His best-known solo songs include "Lust for Life", "I`m Bored", "Real Wild Child", the Top 40 hit "Candy" (with vocalist Kate Pierson of The B-52`s) and "The Passenger". A film about Iggy Pop`s life and career titled The Passenger is currently in development.
Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor , MI (1965)
University of Michigan (dropped out)
Full Name at Birth
James Newell Osterberg Jr.
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Iggy Pop ( ; born James Newell Osterberg, Jr.; April 21, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Though widely known as an innovator and "godfather" of punk rock, Iggy's music has encompassed a number of styles over the years, including pop, hard rock, jazz and blues. Pop became known as 'Iggy' in high school, during which time he served as drummer for local blues band The Iguanas. He is vocalist of influential protopunk band The Stooges (Pop and the other surviving members of the group reunited in 2003), having become known, since the late 1960s, for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.
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Singer, songwriter, musician, actor.
James Newell Osterberg Sr. (teacher)
Eric Benson (son), Ada Osterberg (adoptive grandmother), Rani Christensen (aunt)
Johnny Depp (actor), Jim Jarmusch (director), Jonathan Shaw (artist)
Posted by brian 8 months ago
what a hot band. love all their music
Posted by Joe 8 months ago
Would love to meet you before I die,
Posted by greg fischer 8 months ago
We are unable to find our family pictures. We would like to order our pictu...
Posted by Michael Wren 8 months ago
You can find the statue proposal on Kickstarter dot com