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