Some may know him as the “godfather of punk rock,” others simply know him as James Newell Osterberg, Jr., the boy born in Michigan who grew up to befriend David Bowie and change the music industry forever. Pop was influenced by David Bowie’s hard work in his own career.
History states that before Pop went on Bowie’s Berlin tour he had been checked into UCLA’s mental institution where he was trying to recover from drug use. Bowie was one of his few visitors during this time, and upon his release Bowie invited Pop to come along on his tour. Check out this video of Iggy Pop telling us how it all happened in 1976.
Fame brought Iggy Pop to put himself in front of the cameras and talked openly about his “issues” including cutting himself with a bottle when he was feeling bad. Among the songs Bowie and Pop wrote together were “China Girl”, “Tonight”, and “Sister Midnight”, all of which Bowie performed on his own albums later on.
Although influenced by Bowie, Pop took his career in its own unique direction and created his own hit albums like “Kill City” and “New Values.”
According to Wikipedia, In 1980, Iggy Pop published his autobiography I NEED MORE, co-written with Anne Weher, an Ann Arbor arts patron. The book, which includes a selection of black and white photographs, features a foreword by Andy Warhol. Warhol says that he met Iggy when he was Jim Osterberg, at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1966. “I don’t know why he hasn’t made it really big,” wrote the one Pop artist about the other. “He is so good.”
The 90’s saw Pop collaborating with bands like Guns ‘N Roses and the B-52’s as well as released a few more albums. His 1977 hit “Lust for Life” found Pop in the limelight again when it was feature din the 1996 film Trainspotting. In 2003, Pop reunited with the Stooges and is still on tour with his band today.