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Open Up and Bleed: Stooges in New York

Lenny Kaye, Rock Scene, March 1974

IGGY IS hurt, he's down there on the floor, he's picking up these pieces of broken glass and tossing them down again, pissed at the microphone because it doesn't work, pissed at the stage because it's too small and he has to watch or he'll bump into Ron or James, pissed because nobody is picking up this glass, and he's asked them to, "Will somebody please pick up this glass", and they're not, no one is even making an attempt, and he starts hitting himself across the chest, down there on the floor, glass in hand, glass not in hand, angry red marks that blossom like miniature fireworks, running in rivers and tributaries down his body, gathering strength, spattering the floor as a painter's brush, a film of red caught by the spotlights and reflected into every eye, every hidden nerve.

Total word count of piece: 1257

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