The World According to Iggy Pop
On how he developed his passion for music, as told to Clash Music in 2010: In junior high, about the same year I was voted Most Likely to Succeed, I played my first gig on drums. I already loved music and was pretty nuts about doing it around the house all the time, and in the school orchestra. My dad loaned me the money to buy a [drum] kit, and I had a friend who had a guitar and an amplifier. We learned some Sandy Nelson and Ray Charles songs and we played as a two-piece in a talent show. Right away my life changed: people liked me better!
On how he became "Iggy Pop," as told to Esquire in 2007: I had a nickname [Iggy] that I couldn't escape around town, and it was torture. Then my band opened for Blood, Sweat & Tears. I think the entire band got 50 dollars total. Afterwards a huge piece was written about us in the Michigan Daily. In this story, the writer calls me "Iggy." I was like, "Oh, [expletive]. We got all this press, but they're calling me Iggy." What could I do? I knew the value of publicity. So I put a little "Pop" on the end. Took me 30 years to make what I wanted out of the name. more on this story
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