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Iggy Pop: The Importance of Being Iggy

Jaan Uhelszki, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2001

JAMES NEWELL OSTERBERG, a.k.a. Iggy Pop, once billed himself as the "world's forgotten boy," but that is no longer the case. From fronting the proto-punk Stooges – the most despised band of the peace and love Sixties – Pop has gradually attained a position of veneration, and permanence, in the rock pantheon. But the fifty-four-year-old wild child is hardly content to rest on his historic haunches – his blistering new CD, Beat 'Em Up, is his finest work since 1978's New Values.

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