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Posted on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 : 6:33 a.m.

Iggy Pop talks to Rolling Stone about Scott Asheton's illness; new book traces Stooges' history

By Staff


Iggy Pop performs with the Stooges at the band's Michigan Theater tribute to Ron Asheton earlier this year.

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Rolling Stone has published an interesting interview with Iggy Pop, the rocker who grew up in Washtenaw County, helped invent punk rock as leader of the Stooges, and eventually went on to fame as a solo act.

In the interview, Pop says that recent medical issues of Stooges drummer (and Ann Arbor native) Scott Asheton were quite serious, but he is recovering well now.

The interview covers a number of other topics, including Pop's plans for future projects—he doesn't intend to slow down any time soon—and working with guitarist James Williamson.

Pop also briefly mentions a song he debuted earlier this year at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater, in a concert that was a tribute to the late Ron Asheton, the Stooges' original guitarist.

Read the full Rolling Stone article here.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that a British biography of the Stooges is being released this week in the U.S. by Wayne State University Press.

Author Brett Callwood interviewed all of the Stooges, including Pop and Ron Asheton, for "The Stooges: Head On." The book was originally published in the United Kingdom in 2008 but revised to incorporate Asheton's death and the Hall of Fame induction.

Callwood, who now lives in the Detroit area, also wrote a book about the MC5.

Pop has offered his own stamp of approval on the book jacket: "It's a good book. I thank you for writing it."