Iggy Pop Biography
(Vocalist and Lyricist of Proto-Punk Band 'The Stooges')
Birthday: April 21, 1947 (Taurus)
Born In: Muskegon, Michigan, United States
James Newell Osterberg Jr., better known as Iggy Pop, is an American proto-punk rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. He has been regarded as the ‘Godfather of Punk’ in the music industry since his influential days with the proto-punk band ‘The Stooges.’ The southpaw guitarist is especially known for his outrageous antics on stage like rolling on peanut butter or broken glass, jumping from the stage, insulting the audience and bending his body like a pretzel. During the 1960s and the early 1970s, he promoted punk music to the audience through ‘The Stooges’; however, the band could never achieve the commercial success it deserved. But the band’s music was critically appreciated and Iggy Pop’s contribution to the punk genre is regarded very highly. The music fraternity holds him responsible for the rise of punk rock over the years. Over the course of his career, he has also mastered the musical genres of new wave, jazz, garage rock, hard rock, and art rock in addition to punk rock. He has worked mostly as a solo artist after ‘The Stooges’ disbanded during the 1970s, only to reunite for in 2003. His most popular songs include ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, ‘Search and Destroy’, ‘Lust for Life’, ‘Real Wild Child’, and ‘The Passenger’.