Most people’s Christmas greetings involve cheesy Hallmark cards, not hot tub stare downs. Then again, most people aren’t rock legend Iggy Pop. In a hilarious (and borderline disturbing) video titled “Merry Christmas message from Iggy Pop,” the unseasonably tan frontman spreads unorthodox holiday cheer in a 21-second spree of weirdness.
“The Godfathers of Glam” featured in an interactive photo spread this weekend. A portfolio of rock stars gives a lesson on enduring cool: Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Dave Gahan, Ray Davies, Bryan Ferry, Michael Stipe, David Johansen and John Doe.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within is a feature-length independent documentary by Chicago Director Yony Leyser, in collaboration with BulletProof Film, Inc.
The film features never before seen footage of William S. Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues including John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Laurie Anderson, Peter Weller, David Cronenberg, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Sonic Youth, Anne Waldman, Hal Willner, James Grauerholz, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, V. Vale, Diane DiPrima, with narration by actor Peter Weller and soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth.
The film investigates the life of legendary beat author and American icon, William S. Burroughs. Born the heir of the Burroughs’ adding machine estate, he struggled throughout his life with addiction, control systems and self. He was forced to deal with the tragedy of killing his wife and the repercussions of neglecting his son. His novel, Naked Lunch, was one of the last books to be banned by the U.S. government. Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer testified on behalf of the book. The courts eventually overturned their decision in 1966, ruling that the book had important socialvalue. It remains one of the most recognized literary works of the 20th century.
William Burroughs was one of the first to cross the dangerous boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s, and write about his experiences. Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come. However, his friends were left wondering, did William ever find happiness? This extremely personal documentary breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time.
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Legendary rocker Iggy Pop returns to British TV screens to reveal Little Iggy in a new £30million advertising campaign for motor insurer swiftcover.com. The adverts, following on from last years controversial campaign, features Iggy and his alter-ego an impatient, chaos causing, mini-me Iggy Pop puppet created by the puppeteers behind the legendary Spitting Image.