Post-Pop progression: What's next for Iggy Pop?
With his career-high album Post Pop Depression, a hugely successful tour, and film, book and exhibition projects on the go, Iggy Pop packed more into 2016 than most. What now?
"Well isn’t this a swanky place,” Iggy Pop says as he pads into a suite at a luxury hotel in one of Detroit’s suburbs. It’s a long way from the trailer he and his parents occupied during his youth as James Osterberg in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Dressed all in black, he shows little wear and tear from his busy week back home. Pop started with a public Q&A session for the Grammy Foundation’s Living Histories Live series a couple of nights earlier, playing a short acoustic set, along with producer Don Was and Dean Fertita from Queens Of The Stone Age, The Raconteurs and Pop’s Post Pop Depression touring band. But now he’s in the midst of the real work that includes promoting a wealth of new material.
This Year Of Pop included two projects about the life of Pop: Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch’s lively and lovely documentary about the Stooges that the director prefers to call “a love letter to my favourite band”; and Total Chaos: The Story Of The Stooges/As Told by Iggy Pop, published by Jack White’s Third Man Books.
Pop’s year also included the release of two albums – Post Pop Depression, a collaboration with QOTSA leader Josh Homme, and Post Pop Depression Live At The Royal Albert Hall, capturing his May 13 performance in London – and Iggy Pop Life Class, an exhibition of nude drawings, currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum and in also book form. Few 69-year-olds can boast this much production in a calendar year, let alone one who has defied death a few times in both life and performance. But Pop gives little more than a shrug of the shoulders while we marvel at these late-in-life achievements over coffee.