Home Books Music Films TV Iggy and Stooges tribute to Ron Asheton 1970s Music Index 1980s Music Index 1990s to Contemporary Music Index

Iggy Pop Brief Biography


Born James Newell Osterberg, Jr., on April 21st, 1947, in Muskegon, Michigan, Iggy Pop is one of the more intelligent rock stars, but has been as wild as any rocker - having to fight serious drug problems, and also being known for his penchant to mutilate himself on stage.

Especially when he was with The Stooges, Iggy has been one of the most influential of all rock singers. Though, as with the likes of the equally influential Velvet Underground, he has never been a really big commercial success.

Along with Lou Reed and David Bowie, Iggy Pop is credited as being one of the forerunners of punk rock, with his "in your face" aggressive stage persona and catchy, but spikey, songs. His most famous songs include 'Lust For Life', 'The Passenger', 'No Fun', and 'I'm Bored'. He also invented the stage dive.

His colourful life has included a close friendship with David Bowie, seeing rock 'n' roll casualties like Brian Wilson and Jim Morrison in his youth, and playing Yelgrun in 'Star Trek : Deep Space Nine'!

- Paul Rance/

IGGY POP CDs available from - in association with
Iggy Pop - 'Lust For Life' Lust for Life
~Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop - 'The Idiot' The Idiot
~Iggy Pop
IGGY POP CDs available from - in association with

Iggy Pop Albums

With The Stooges
The Stooges (1969)
Fun House (1970)
Raw Power (1973)
Metallic KO (1976)
Skull Ring (2003)
The Weirdness (2007)

The Idiot (1977)
Lust for Life (1977)
Kill City (1977)
New Values (1979)
Soldier (1980)
Party (1981)
Zombie Birdhouse (1982)
Blah Blah Blah (1986)
Instinct (1988)
Brick by Brick (1990)
American Caesar (1993)
Naughty Little Doggie (1995)
Avenue B (1999)
Beat 'Em Up (2001)

Iggy Pop Open Up And Bleed Autobiography Book Cover

This website is designed by