Everything about Iggy Pop before his concert at the Halle

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Iggy Pop is scheduled at the Halle aux grains on May 15th and it’s already sold out. A book is dedicated to him.

“More radical than the Stones, sexier and sexual than the Velvet, more brutal than the Whos …” Thus the critic Serge Kaganski presents Iggy Pop and the Stooges, a fundamental group to which he devotes, with Gilles Scheps and Julien Del├ęglise a superb book published by les ├ęditions du Layeur. The Stooges are no longer but the Iguana, now 74 years old, made an appointment with his Toulouse fans on May 15, 2022 at the Halle aux grains (and it is already full, of course): the opportunity to dive back into the life and work of the Master, who released in 2019 the excellent “Free” (his 18th solo album) with jazzy accents. A winning return analyzed, as well as its abundant discography, in this very documented work and the photographs, inevitably, superb. Some – including the most beautiful, page 141 – are signed by Toulouse-based Alain Lahana and the book is savored by plunging back into this brutal and violent rock, in these incandescent records (“Lust for Life” “The Idiot” …) and these interviews in the long course in which the legendary rocker, as when he records or goes on stage, goes all out: “I’m quite aware of being a monument of rock’n’roll. The most important thing is that I feel like myself, not like a made-up character. It makes me happy. Even though I know that sometimes I had to do a little weird stuff to keep it going. ” A reading as enjoyable as a riff of the Stooges.

“Iggy Pop and the Stooges” (Layeur editions, 240 pages, 34 euros). Iggy Pop in concert Sunday May 15, 2022 at 8 p.m. at the Halle aux Grains. Full.