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Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,587 ratings  ·  111 reviews
“Fellow rock stars, casual members of the public, lords and media magnates, countless thousands of people will talk of their encounters with this driven, talented, indomitable creature, a man who has plumbed the depths of depravity, yet emerged with an indisputable nobility. Each of them will share an admiration and appreciation of the contradictions and ironies of his inc ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Broadway (first published March 8th 2007)
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Peter Krakow
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
In this thinly veiled fictionalization of the Democratic Party since the late 1950's author Paul Trynka (whom I suspect is actually David McCullough using an alias) digs deep into why Liberal ideals have never risen to their rightful place in the pantheon of American history.

Using a made up character named Iggy Pop to represent the brilliance and visceral embodiment of the Thinking Left, we're taken on a roller coaster ride of the highs and lows of the party, what could have been and whose resp
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Tosh
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good rock n' roll biography by Paul Trynka (who was the editor at Mojo Magazine) on Iggy Pop. He did his research well, and interviews I think almost everyone who is close to Iggy, except Bowie - and there is a lot of material in this book on the Bowie/Iggy relationship.

The fascinating aspect for me is how Iggy deals with his fellow band members over the years. Sometimes charming, sometimes cruel - he is sort of goes off like the weather. Yet he's a guy who is usually in control o
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Dan
May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
A generally well researched and fact-filled biography but not written in a manner that keeps your interest for very long. Iggy Pop is one of my favorite artists yet I struggled to read more than a chapter without having to put the book down due to the author's bothersome writing style. I do not recommend this book to anyone, whether you are an Iggy Pop fan or not.
Bob Schnell
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Trynka's biography of Jim Osterberg (aka Iggy Pop) is an in-depth study of a complicated man. This is not some fan idolization, Trynka pulls no punches and is equally quick to criticize as he is to praise. The result is enjoyable and thoughtful.

As a fan of Iggy's music I've never looked much past the stage persona and raucous rock-n-roll shenanigans for which he is infamous. It turns out that Jim is intelligent, philosophical and gentle while his alter-ego Iggy is all noise and fury. Compli
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Jeanne T.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put this down and when I was done I had an erotic dream about Iggy Pop. Amazing. Unlike the Susan Sontag biography, this book was a riot of action. It was interesting to read about a such a punk legend and how he didn't really find much "success" in the time when he was writing/making the music. In retrospect (fueled by the inclusion of his songs in the Trainspotting soundtrack), it seemed to me that he was always famous and amazing. Also, I love the stories of people who had a hard lif ...more
Marti
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
While I am a fan of Iggy (especially the Stooges period), I really did not know very much about the man. He usually turns up in biographies of other bands or books on the Punk scene in general, always portrayed as a totally self-destructive and out of control maniac. Therefore, it was a surprise to me to learn that Jim Osterberg was a model student in an affluent community, who was voted by his classmates "most likely to succeed."

And not just any classmates. Despite living in a trailer park (nec
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Nigeyb
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been into Iggy since discovering The Stooges whilst at school in the mid 1970s. Everything I found out about him appealed to my troubled teenage self. My fascination has continued into adulthood and middle age. I was at the Virgin Megastore in Marble Arch, London in 1979 to get my copy of the then newly released "New Values" signed by Mr Pop (and I happened to notice Scott Thurston hanging about in the background and got him to sign it too). As a sixteen year old, on the night before my Mat ...more
Ms Tlaskal
I am interested in late 60's/70s pop/rock and Iggy Pop struck me as an emblem of this uninhibited era.

This excellent biography is a good example to use to illustrate a need for alternate points of view in narrative writing. Paul Trynka is a great writer who keeps us speeding from his student years as a possible presidential candidate, to his first gigs, adulation and debauchery, yet I longed to hear his own voice, rather than the measured one of his biographer. I honstly did not read eavery page
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Malcolm Frawley
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
One of the best music biogs I have read & as good, if not better, than the same author's Bowie book, Starman. Trynka gets inside his subject through meticulous research along with exhaustive interviews with Iggy himself. While respectful of his subject Trynka is no quivering fan boy & exposes Iggy's less attractive side which is, basically, Iggy. Whenever he is Jim Osterberg he is mostly an intelligent, decent & caring human being. Considering this author's other noted biog subject m ...more
Thomas Strömquist
"Probably the best rock biography I read - the man is absolutely fascinating and at the same time very much human in this great book."
Peter O'Connor
Given how seminal and ahead of the pack as some of the Stooges and early Iggy stuff was, and given the hedonistic nature of the man himself, I anticipated a rollercoaster when I first picked up this book. I had read Trynka's volume on Bowie only six months previous and loved it so it was a no-brainer to visit one of Detroit's finest by the same author as a companion piece. As interesting as the formative Stooges stuff is, and as groundbreaking as it all sounds, the main highlights of the solo ye ...more
Dr. Detroit
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to The Stooges and their slightly troubled front man Iggy Pop, attempting to separate myth from reality, contextualize it, understand it, and then shape the whole mess into something that doesn’t make you want to grab a razor blade and run a warm bath after reading it, dances a fine line between brave and foolhardy.

Despite the title, Paul Trynka’s chronicle is as much about The Stooges as it about Iggy, the specter of the Asheton brothers, Dave Alexander, and James Williamson both
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Aaron
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst mostly written in a dull, assumptive style, I guess this will be the best bio of James Osterberg/Iggy Pop. There are some interesting facts that I never knew about - Iggy's introduction to herion via the radical-Queer 'Cockettes', how important the Bowie/Osterberg relationship was to Osterberg's life and how Iggy ultimately shunned the man who saved his life and gave him the best creative years and produced his greatest works outside the Stooges, and finally Osterberg's massive failure on ...more
Mr_wormwood
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Who doesn't like Iggy Pop? well, me now, just a little, since reading this book.But only because a good quarter of this book details how pathetic he had become just before he hit it big with Bowie and the Idiot (begging for drugs in hotel corridors, stealing drugs from star-struck teenagers, eagerly prostituting himself for drugs by being the kept rock-star of various middle-aged women with a penchant for rock stars and a lot of money to burn). Also another good quarter of the book details his l ...more
Anna
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid, I never knew why Ziggy Stardust was a character of David Bowie's and the name and the story sounded so much like Iggy Pop. The intertwining of Bowie and Iggy was very interesting. Jim/Iggy was diagnosed as hypomanic, he probably could get other diagnoses like bipolar or borderline. I don't mean this to be glib but where can people with chronic mental illness find sufficient employment? ADD and ADHD cases continue to rise but it that because we are now predominantly white-collar ...more
Wendi Manning
May 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I may have to stay away from rock biographies for awhile. This was like reading a textbook written by someone in love with the subject. This book is more superficial than it seems. I've read other books he's written and there's a lot of detail and a lot of research done on the subject, and sometimes you find out things you didn't really want to know about the person. That doesn't happen here. This book goes into a story, gets about halfway through it, stops, checks in with current day Iggy (oops ...more
Caddy Rowland
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how anyone could give this book less than 5 stars unless they don't find Iggy Popp fascinating...and if they don't, why would they read it?

I enjoyed it very much. Many times it made me sad for Iggy. I felt compassion for him, even during his ugliest moments, as I think he has some issues most people will never understand, including me. But to have a persona that completely takes over your mind and body...it can be your performance but it also can ruin your personal relationships. A
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Kristi Duarte
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to reading more about Iggy and getting a clearer view of him as a person. I've listened to his music since the early 80s an have seen him live a few times. I can't say I'm the biggest fan, or a die-hard fan, but I love his music and it's been the soundtrack of many phases of my life.

This book, however, gets bogged down on the details where it doesn't matter, and flies past parts where it does. His son, for example, isn't mentioned until he's in his teens and i had no idea w
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Alicia
Dec 16, 2008 rated it liked it
I like Iggy Pop, or at least I like Iggy Pop's music. I quickly discovered that I am not that fond of the man. This was a fairly well written biography and it was interesting to see how Iggy rose to fame but the endless descriptions of destructive behavior, drug use and sexual escapades quickly lost it horrified fascination for me. Instead of being a train wreck I couldn't look away from it just became tedious. For example, if they told me once, they told me a hundred times about how incredibly ...more
catechism
Jan 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I may try to read this again, when I am feeling a little more tolerant, but the first time I tried, I could barely make it through the first few chapters. It read more like a love letter to Iggy Pop -- sorry, Jim, his name is Jim, and we must call him Jim in every paragraph -- and also seemed a little too into the size of Jim's dick. Like. Almost every page, we must hear about how big Jim's dick is. There aren't many things I care about less than I care about the size of Jim Osterberg's dick.
Hannah
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
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.
Leigh Bardugo
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Beth
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this book - originally being from Michigan and knowing all the areas he hung out in- the author really misrepresented Ypsilanti - stating it was still a small backward farm village like it was when Iggy grew up there - has he been there? Ever?
The detail was just too,too much -I'm impressed by the research that must have been involved, but the flow of the book was treacherously slow. Such minuscule detail on everything and everyone was just was not necessary. Good for background,
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Andrew
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second book I have read about Iggy and by far the most comprehensive...that said the last one was neighbourhood threat which really was mainly surrounding a specific Pop tour and was written by one of the band.
This book delved into background,prior bands,famous alliances and the usual sex,drugs and rock and roll..it dealt with all this well however and didn't become tiresome as some of these books can especially when recounting salacious detail...
It's a book that hints at what to listen to a
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Cynical J
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fat heavy thick slice of Mr Iggy Pop is what this book throws at you, ferociously researched an extremely in depth account of Iggy's and the fellow Stooges lives with huge section on Iggy's time with Bowie. I love this intelligent man, the way he talks and thinks. The best punk rock n roll metal grunge band in history inspiring hundreds of the most amazing musicians we know today. this man and group will go down in history as pioneers forever immortal.

KISS ME LIKE THE OCEAN BREEZE. ooooooooooo
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Richard Hakes
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Iggy has been one of those people I have been aware of for a long time but never really got to grips with. I saw him at the awful Leeds Festival a few years ago and again I watched but maybe not understood. Maybe Trainspotting 2 with the Lust for life re engaged my enthusiasm and then listing to his Radio 6 program lifted enthusiasm to action and got round to taking a listen to a few more tracks. What I found was good. Then came the book. One of the few biographies that is not sanitized to medio ...more
Jim Nirmaier
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim Osterberg/Iggy Pop - Magnificent Rock N' Roll Warrior and Survivor. The man is a living testament to what the combination of passionate, almost obsessive commitment to art/or a cause (in this case R n' R), coupled with madness, can produce that will endure. Hop along for the very entertaining ride for all the juicy delicious debauchery and a fascinating journal of an extreme on-the-edge Rock Life. Especially, the chapter on his close encounter with a voodoo priest he pissed off in Haiti, is ...more
Jeff Jackson
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: punk-rock-etc
Engaging bio of both Jim Osterberg and his alter ego Iggy Pop. Well-researched and smartly written with a keen eye for outrageous set pieces, ranging from blood-letting stage theatrics to Hollywood Hills debauchery to Haitian voodoo curses. Evocative chapters on life in desolate West Berlin with David Bowie, too. Plus spot-on analysis of the music itself throughout Iggy's career.
Mark Toelsche
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not an easy or fun read by any stretch (though it does get better as it gets past the halfway point), but a hugely informative and thoroughly researched look at the greatest rock n roll front man of all time.
Abbey
POPSUGAR 2019: a book with the words "pop", "sugar", or "challenge" in the title.

Interesting biography with some charmingly shocking story, and a few too many Iggy Pop penis stories for my taste. I'm glad I listened to it, but I doubt I'll revisit.
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Paul Trynka was formerly the editor of Mojo magazine (1996-2003). 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. He is the author of Iggy Pop (Broadway 2007), Portrait of the Blues, and Denim, a history of the fabric. He lives in London.