how to write a biography,
This review is from: Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed: The Biography (Paperback)
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 biographed person in the world. Therefore first there is a need for a biography which states the - correct - facts, then there is room for the analysis of the psicholigical sides of the person.
Paul Trynka manages to take away layers of improbable but anedoctical (in the sense that they are told as true) stories and sets the record as straight as possible.
How crucial in Iggy (or Jimmy) life was his first marriage is doubtful. While the life of his son (now 41 years old!) might be of some interest, again it is debatable his influence over his father life and career. In any case, a biographer makes choices about he weight to be given to the various facts; I believe music has to be the most important topic.
I am finding the book really enjoiable and very interesting, shedding also a light over Ron Asheton.
The structure of the book is that of a serious biography, with sources, a very accurate index and a proper discography. An example about how a biography should be written. I also like the way the author has decided to treat the notes (he puts them at the very end, adding something more).
Given the sheer amount of releases of the last few years (the double editions of The Stooges first two albums, the reissue of the otiginally numbered handmade Funhouse sessions box, the handmade edition of The Stooges debut album, the double and triple Raw Power editions, The Stooges' 2010 official lives, a couple of boxes from Easy Action which add to their boxes about the Raw Power sessions, the latest handmade from Rhino which consists of an August 1970 concert at NYC Ungano's ...), the death of Ron Asheton (check the Perfect Sound website for a four part interview with him) a revised edition of this tome will be most welcome with a more in-depth discussion of the recordings and an expanded and annotated bibliography (a couple of books on the subject after the Trynka one might somehow need at least a "review" from the author?).
If someone now wants to inspect the Jimmy/Iggy dualism he/she is most welcome, although I doubt they will extract facts and not, just, opinions.
The amount of people interviewed by Trynka is surprising, one doubts how much they will discuss Jimmy/Iggy persona(s)further nowdays.
Plus the death toll will make harder to obtain more, first hand, information.
My copy of the paperback has some missprint in the photos sections, so you may prefer to search for the hardcover edition in second hand condition.
I am just looking forward Paul Trynka's biography on David Bowie: probably another hard task, but in a different way because there are some (few) good books about DB.