Today (April 21) marks the legendary Iggy Pop’s 68th birthday. Celebrate with a look through these special Iggy snaps, created in collaboration with Pop and esteemed music photographer Mick Rock. The photos are available as a limited edition set of art prints and here we present the originals. For more information visit foruli.co.uk. Copyright Mick Rock.
‘Raw Power’ was the third album by The Stooges, mixed by David Bowie and released on 7th February 1973 through Columbia Records. Copyright Mick Rock.
Although not initially commercially successful it gained a cult following in the years following its release. Like its predecessor, 1970’s ‘Fun House’, the album is widely considered to be an influential forerunner of punk rock. Copyright Mick Rock.
The now iconic sleeve featured a Mick Rock photograph of Iggy that has since become synonymous with the period. Original photograph copyright Mick Rock. Lyrics by Iggy Pop. Design copyright Foruli Ltd 2013
Rock says of Pop: “Here was a ‘monster’ in the Shakespearean sense, elemental, a force of nature. He was like something caged and very angry about it. Something dreamed up by Karl Jung…Dionysius in silver, breaking out…” Copyright Mick Rock.
The album was recorded in London’s CBS Studios, from 10 September – 6 October 1972. Copyright Mick Rock.
However, due to budgetary constraints, Bowie remixed the other seven songs in a single day in an inexpensive Los Angeles studio, Western Sound Recorders, in October 1972. Copyright Mick Rock.
Kurt Cobain wrote in his Journals numerous times that Raw Power was his favourite album of all time. Copyright Mick Rock.
NME Godlike Genius Johnny Marr has praised James Williamson’s guitar playing on the album. “I’m his biggest fan. He has the technical ability of Jimmy Page without being as studious, and the swagger of Keith Richards without being sloppy. Original photograph copyright Mick Rock. Lyrics by Iggy Pop. Design copyright Foruli Ltd 2013
Marr added: “He’s both demonic and intellectual, almost how you would imagine Darth Vader to sound if he was in a band.” Copyright Mick Rock.
Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols once claimed that he learned to play guitar by taking speed and playing along to Raw Power. Copyright Mick Rock.
Iggy recently released a version of ‘Raw Power’ that restored his own mix, but David Bowie said in 2002 he still preferred his own take as it’s: “the version I still prefer over the later remix – it has more wound-up ferocity and chaos and, in my humble opinion, is a hallmark roots sound for what was later to become punk.” Copyright Mick Rock.
Mick Rock’s cover image for ‘Raw Power’ is considered one of the most iconic in rock history, and Iggy’s live performances also produced a host of other great shots. Copyright Mick Rock.