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Iggy Pop - Open Up and Bleed: The Biography [Hardcover]

Paul Trynka
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Book Description

8 Mar 2007
Iggy Pop's life has been one of extraordinary highs and terrifying lows. Infamous for his wild ways, he is also a towering figure of the rock scene - hugely influential, charismatic and provocative. Every mad, bad, dangerous to know' rock star owes a debt to him, and the stories of his shocking behaviour are legendary. But Iggy Pop is also, to a large extent, a construct, the alter ego of the quietly spoken and intriguing Jim Osterberg: the kid voted Most Likely to Succeed' by his classmates. So what turned this charming, well-mannered, straight-A student into a poster child for rock 'n' roll debauchery? Iggy Pop: Open up and Bleed reveals the truth behind the myths. Former MOJO editor Paul Trynka tracked down the star's friends, family, lovers and fellow musicians, conducting over two hundred and fifty interviews, unearthing countless new stories about Iggy's rollercoaster life, his music and his often misunderstood friendship with David Bowie. From this impeccable research he creates a fascinating portrait of a man at war with the world and with himself. The book also features dozens of never-before-seen photos.


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  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (8 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847440185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847440181
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Compelling. Trynka paints an artful portrait of a rock star who
is "decadent right through to his sweet, Midwestern heart"' -- OBSERVER

'Definitive . . . Trynka's lively first-hand account of the
insanity wrought by Pop and the hordes of deeply damaged human detritus
that surround him makes for a highly entertaining read' -- WORD

'For those who like their rock biogs thick with tales of heroic
over-indulgence, OPEN UP AND BLEED is hard to beat' -- SUNDAY TIMES

'Former MOJO editor Paul Trynka has put in impeccable research to
tell the story of how the shy, studious Jim Osterberg transformed into the
force of nature that is Iggy Pop' -- IRISH EVENING HERALD

'Former MOJO editor Paul Trynka separates Osterberg's Jekyll from
Hyde with forensic skill . . . Open Up and Bleed is as serpentine and
compelling as Iggy's own warped mind and addled physique' -- RTE GUIDE

'Incorporates just about every depravity you could wish for in a
rock biography: indecent exposure, under-age sex, self-mutilation,
psychiatric disorder, drug abuse, infidelity, betrayal, violence, death and
David Bowie . . . When you strip away all the nonsense, Iggy is a pro.
Trynka too' -- GUARDIAN

'Paul Trynka gets under Iggy Pop's skin to reveal the real Jim
Osterberg. OPEN UP AND BLEED is a hugely impressive feat of research and
insights, packed full of yarns that'll make your hair stand on end'
-- Barney Hoskyns, author of HOTEL CALIFORNIA

'Trynka's well-researched biography offers not only a small army
of previously unseen photos, but the truth behind Iggy's rise from
smalltown nobody to internationally recognised bad boy of rock. It offers
insights also into some of his high-profile relationships, notably with
David Bowie' -- HERALD

'[An] entertaining and insightful study of one of rock's most
enduringly remarkable characters' -- Q

'[The] first authoritative biography of rock's extremo supremo . .
. [Trynka] drags you magnificently along on the Iggy rollercoaster'
-- DAILY TELEGRAPH

Book Description

* The definitive biography of one of rock's most extraordinary legends --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The final word on Iggy 7 Jun 2013
By nigeyb
Format:Kindle 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 Maths O'Level examination, I was at the Music Machine in Camden Town, London watching Iggy live (it *was* worth it - and I passed the exam). Over the years I've seen him play live over ten times, and consider watching Iggy and The Stooges play Raw Power live in 2010 at Hammersmith Apollo, London to be one of the greatest nights of my life.

So, whilst not an über-fan, I'm pretty keen: Raw Power, Funhouse, Lust For Life and The Idiot would feature in my list of greatest albums of all time. Despite this enthusiasm I've never read a biography of Iggy. Until now.

Paul Trynka, ex-Mojo Magazine editor, has produced the definitive biography here. He appears to have spoken with everyone who has been involved with Iggy over the years and seems to have been completely honest, and has certainly included plenty of examples of Iggy's selfishness and unpleasant behaviour. As a reasonably well informed fan, I discovered a wealth of information I hadn't known previously and much of this information has added to my understanding of his work and personality. It also sent me straight back to the music - always a good sign.

I do wonder how much a non-fan, or even casual fan, would get out of this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, blood, drugs and rock'n'roll 31 Mar 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Some rock stars fade away. Some self-destruct at a young age. Some kept on chugging away despite it all, and are still going today (see: David Bowie and Mick Jagger).

But a few seem to be truly indestructible -- they bounce back from anything, whether it's drugs, madness, or their own genius. And in Paul Trynka's "Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed" is a pretty brilliant look into the chaotic life, influence, and constant ups and downs of one such rocker.

Pop was born Jim Osterberg, to some slightly quirky parents in 1950s Michigan. And Ann Arbor turned out to be the perfect place for him to bloom into a musician -- he became part of the Stooges, a fledgling band that gained and lost contracts like underwear. And they soon developed a reputation for two things: raw, wild, powerful punk, and a tendency to have really wild'n'violent concerts.

And Iggy's own life was just as volatile -- a cocktail of drugs, sex, creative eruptions, and extremely volatile personal life. But as the Stooges fragmented over time, Iggy's own life began seesawing between order and chaos, the bottom of the barrel with the rock'n'roll heights. And even now, as the godfather of punk rock, he spills over with wild energy and creativity.

The core of "Open Up and Bleed" is that Jim Osterberg and Iggy Pop are almost like two different people, like a demon possessing someone's body and making him wreck his life. As Trynka -- and many people he interviewed -- put it, Osterberg is intellectual, polite, clever man, while Pop is a force of self-mutilating destructive chaos.

It actually makes a lot of sense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The godfather of punk - from riches to rags. 27 Aug 2007
By Moz
Format:Hardcover
If you like your Biographies edgy and dangerous this is for you. Ok, so Iggy kept getting himself sorted but, everytime he did, he'd just as soon get screwed up again. His early days and the differnt image he likes to portray to how his childhood really was (safe, suburban and not at all dysfunctional) is in sharp contrast to his hell raising drugging, drinking and womaning. Where does he get all of these insecurities from?
The way he continuously fails to realise his recording potential until his is saved (albeit in a sanitised form) by Bowie. His on off Stooges relationship and love\hate with almost evey musician that he's ever worked with. Scary but compulsive stuff.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, blood, drugs and rock'n'roll 1 Feb 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Some rock stars fade away. Some self-destruct at a young age. Some kept on chugging away despite it all, and are still going today (see: David Bowie and Mick Jagger).

But a few seem to be truly indestructible -- they bounce back from anything, whether it's drugs, madness, or their own genius. And in Paul Trynka's "Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed" is a pretty brilliant look into the chaotic life, influence, and constant ups and downs of one such rocker.

Pop was born Jim Osterberg, to some slightly quirky parents in 1950s Michigan. And Ann Arbor turned out to be the perfect place for him to bloom into a musician -- he became part of the Stooges, a fledgling band that gained and lost contracts like underwear. And they soon developed a reputation for two things: raw, wild, powerful punk, and a tendency to have really wild'n'violent concerts.

And Iggy's own life was just as volatile -- a cocktail of drugs, sex, creative eruptions, and extremely volatile personal life. But as the Stooges fragmented over time, Iggy's own life began seesawing between order and chaos, the bottom of the barrel with the rock'n'roll heights. And even now, as the godfather of punk rock, he spills over with wild energy and creativity.

The core of "Open Up and Bleed" is that Jim Osterberg and Iggy Pop are almost like two different people, like a demon possessing someone's body and making him wreck his life. As Trynka -- and many people he interviewed -- put it, Osterberg is intellectual, polite, clever man, while Pop is a force of self-mutilating destructive chaos.

It actually makes a lot of sense.
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After reading reviews decided this was the best book for me.
Great price for hardback.
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Published 17 months ago by C. Winterburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't look down
There's a very good depth of research gone into this and finding folks to interview must have taken some time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Peter Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine study of the man who wrote the punk rock text book
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Published on 22 Jan 2011 by Neil Kernohan
5.0 out of 5 stars how to write a biography
First of all, I disagree with the one asterisk review, not on its contents but on its final rating.
Iggy Pop (or Jimmy/Iggy)is not Napoleon, who is rumoured to be the most... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Stefano Galli
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity
It's difficult to write a sufficiently detailed review of this biography without having it next to me - and unfortunately I threw my copy away in frustration before resolving to... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2009 by Tim D. Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, engaging
Knowing nothing about Iggy Pop (beyond his music) before I picked up this book, there was always the guarentee I would end up loaded with new Pop knowledge, but this still feels... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by David Scoble
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