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Gimme Danger: The Story of Iggy Pop Paperback – 6 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 01 edition (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847721168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847721167
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...a more sophisticated deconstruction of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, in which Joe Ambrose maintains a critical, if not completely disapproving, distance from his subject. But still manages to cram more depravity into one book than anyone since Motley Crue.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Joe Ambrose has written Moshpit Culture (Omnibus Press), an investigation of the covert world of punk and hardcore moshpits. He co-wrote Man From Nowhere, which has texts by Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull and Keith Haring. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Serious Time and Too Much Too Soon. He divides his time between New York's Chelsea Hotel, London and Tangier


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Format: Hardcover
The book is a compilation of interviews, declarations and quotes taken from different sources more or less threaded into the timeline of Iggy Pop's career... There are plenty of escatological insights, sordid details, derogatory comments, and internal band ego fights about, around, to and from Iggy and Iggy's band members-- tabloid readers will love it.
If you ever thought of Iggy as an Icon of the counterculture, perhaps the book will demystify your image.
If you ever thought of Iggy as a sort of picaresque anti-hero with all the human traits, good and bad, the book will reinforce Iggy's charm, achivements and wits.
Hardly any geographical image or description of the changing times in the book, thus one travels through thirty years and different places with hardly any other reference than the picked different babbles from the band members, entourage, journalists etc. etc. that compose the book or worn out generalizations like 'the eighties'.
The book seems to be rushed to completion towards the end for some reason, a fact noticeable in the amount of data, and
quality of the thread...
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Format: Paperback
If you haven't read any other books on Iggy Pop then you might find this readable, but in all honesty there are better books out there - even the author admits this....he seems to have aquired all his information by reading other books and magazine articles, which are quoted and referred to regularly; despite this there is also a lot of stuff that would appear to be purely the author's opinion, with no explanation as to how he reached it.

Just to give you an idea where this guy's head is - he refers to Joy Division as being 'dippy'....heh, I can think of plenty things to say about Joy Division, but dippy?
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While this book does contain some interesting information, the author takes a very sour view towards Iggy, criticising him for becoming successful, enjoying art etc. Ambrose also has very poor taste, dismissing Funhouse yet raving about Beat 'Em Up! Some of the innuendo and conjecture on Ambrose's part is very reminiscent of the cynical muck-raking of the loathsome Albert Goldman.

Don't waste your money on this trash- instead, invest your hard-earned dough in the definitive Iggy biog, Paul Trynka's superlative Open Up and Bleed.
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As far as Iggy goes, this book is well written, well researched and is an enjoyable read. Its a fascinating life.
The author, however, makes a couple of stupid mistakes. He seems to think Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction is a woman and that Kim Deal (not Gordon) is a member of Sonic Youth. He's also free with his opinion, which just becomes annoying. 'Kill City' isn't one of Iggys best, 'Shades' on Blah Blah Blah isn't that great. And even if you are not a fan of Joy Division, calling them 'dippy' is a bizarre description.
Finally, if you can ignore the authors pathelogical hatred for all things Bowie, it is a good read about a great artist.
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this book is wild, right up there with victor bockris's books on lou reed and patti smith. joe ambrose has taken the bull by the horns and made a serious effort to understand iggy pop, career druf fiend, enthusiastic pro-Regagan Republican, and the maker of some of the finest ever punk rock records. as a lifelong fan of the Igster i was taken aback by some of the less acceptable facts in this elegantly written book but i was still glad to know those facts. i know joe ambrose and regard him as being a generally good and reliable writer with three great novels out.
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