New book tells story of the Stooges, as told by Iggy Pop … and some other rock stars


When music historian Jeff Gold and punk rock curator Johan Kugelberg visited Iggy Pop for two days at his home in Miami, they got enough stories to fill an entire book.
So they went ahead and wrote one.

“Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges/ As Told by Iggy Pop” shares the music icon’s perspective on the rise of his legendary punk band — from a bunch of kids playing music with spring water bottles, a Waring blender and a 200-gallon oil drum, to rock stars falling prey to drugs and alcohol, to a successful comeback tour 30 years later.

“It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of The Stooges,” says Gold in a statement about the book. “He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back.”

The book also includes rare photographs and contributions from the likes of rockers Joan Jett, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr and Jack White of the White Stripes.

Gold will be at Arcana: Books on the Arts on Saturday for a meet-and-greet about the book and a pop-up exhibition of Stooges memorabilia — and maybe a few tales that didn’t make the book.

— Christina Campodonico

Jeff Gold speaks about “Total Chaos” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arcana: Books on the Arts, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Free.