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Iggy Pop is releasing a tell-all memoir

The proto-punk hero will chronicle the shooting-star story of The Stooges, with contributions from Joan Jett and Jack White

Iggy Pop is planning to release a book about the turbulent times of punk rock pioneers The Stooges. He’s posed naked for life-drawing classes and kick-started the compelling Instagram career of his cockatoo, Biggy Pop, all in the last year, so we’re expecting the behind-the-scenes account of the decade-spanning punk band to be pretty wild.

Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges as Told by Iggy Pop will be released via Jack White’s imprint Third Man Books. It’s the follow-up to the frontman’s 1997 project, I Need More, which documented his own personal misadventures and the band’s first inception.

Those involved in the book include rebel icon Joan Jett, Jack White and The Smiths’ Jonny Marr. Total Chaos’ editors and contributors Jeff Gold, Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage spent time at Pop’s Miami home as he recounted the hard and fast times of the punk band.

“It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of The Stooges,” said Gold. “He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humour, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre – punk rock – and influenced countless others that followed.

“There was no precedent in rock music for what they did. They’re definitely the only group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who started out playing an amplified Waring blender, a vacuum cleaner, spring water bottles and a 200-gallon oil drum.”

The book is slated for release this winter. Pop is currently busy touring in support of his 17th solo album, Post Pop Depression, with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme.