Category: punk rock

Iggy Pop at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, 1…

Iggy Pop at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, 1979, by Robert Matheu

New York Dolls in Santa Monica, 1974, by Bob G…

New York Dolls in Santa Monica, 1974, by Bob Gruen, via bobgruen.com

Iggy Pop, London 1972, by Mick Rock.  “I actua…

Iggy Pop, London 1972, by Mick Rock. 

“I actually think there shouldn’t be any genders. That’s the way humans really are, but there have been elaborate codes adopted to weed out parts of behavior that don’t match whatever gender or social group you want to belong to. But no, I never wanted to look particularly macho. I wanted to look kind of smooth, slinky, and super forward.”

From an astounding 2012 interview in Vice, “The Flesh Machine”

Patti Smith in her bedroom in the Hotel Chelse…

Patti Smith in her bedroom in the Hotel Chelsea, 1971, by David Gahr

John Lydon & Nora Forster, married nearly …

John Lydon & Nora Forster, married nearly 40 years.

‘Now there’s a saucy girl,’ he grins. ‘It’s love, you know. I’ve always loved that woman. And she knows it. When we met we didn’t expect to get on. We’d both been told the other was a bad ‘un. But blimey. Sparks flew. It was instant attraction. And that’s never gone. I never expected to feel like that. I never thought I was in any way attractive. Or anyone’s idea of a good date.

‘It’s volatile, the marriage. Which one isn’t? Nothing better than a good, full-on row. Get it all out. Say rude and nasty things. And then be sorry. Genuinely sorry, afterwards. But you know I can’t think of a better woman on God’s earth than Nora. If we ceased to function as a couple tomorrow there would be no one else. Not ever. I mean it.’

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Iggy Pop, San Francisco 1977, by Chester Simps…

Iggy Pop, San Francisco 1977, by Chester Simpson. Don’t ask about the chair.

Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop, Toronto 1977, by …

Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop, Toronto 1977, by Bob Gruen

Iggy Pop at New York’s Electric Circus, May 14…

Iggy Pop at New York’s Electric Circus, May 14, 1971, by Lisa Gottlieb. (Sources here and here.)

You’ll see references to these pics as from October 1970 (including the second source above), when the Stooges had indeed played Electric Circus, but nope, it was the May 14 show. This was the second of 2 nights, which the New York Times described as “triumphant” after a ragged first night. (Dig the Gerard Malanga pix as further documentation!)

Paul Trynka’s remarkable Iggy bio Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed adds some additional stories from legendary photographer, scenester denizen and Warhol/Bowie associate Leee Black Childers  (p. 119). “Leee savored the infamous performance at New York’s Electric Circus in May 1971, where Iggy looked particularly psychotic covered in baby oil and glitter. Gerry Miller, onetime topless dancer and star of several Warhol movies, shouted, ‘Let’s see you puke!’ at Iggy, in her squeaky, Mickey Mouse voice. ‘So he did!’ laughs Lee. ‘Right on her!’

btw, the source of that NYT clipping above is a YouTube post of a recording from that night. The vocals are nearly inaudible, but you can definitely get the gist of the more-melodic direction that The Stooges were taking that the Times described.“More melodic” for The Stooges is a relative term of course. This is still pretty damn hard core…

…so the next time you hear anyone talk about ANYTHING important about punk starting in 1977, you can laugh and laugh as you recall this wild night of stage-diving and puking on the crowd from 1971. 

I ain’t even saying anything important about punk started in 1971. Of course not. Punk was well underway by this point, and merely presented here in its full 1971 flowering for your glitter-soaked delectation.

Iggy Pop and Joey Ramone in color! Photo by Pa…

Iggy Pop and Joey Ramone in color! Photo by Paul Natkin.

Iggy Pop and Joey Ramone in color! Photo by Pa…

Iggy Pop and Joey Ramone in color! Photo by Paul Natkin.