Iggy Pop appears to say he ‘never could stand’ Led Zeppelin in newly-surfaced letter

Iggy Pop says he 'never could stand' Led Zeppelin in letter

Iggy Pop once said that he never could stand Led Zeppelin in a letter written to a magazine editor, according to reports.

The letter reportedly was penned by Pop in 1995 and sent to Joshua Berger after an interview they did for Plazm magazine.

Despite being previously available online, the letter has now recirculated widely after being published by Consequence Of Sound.


In the letter, Pop appears to bemoan the state of modern America, writing: “America today is a nation of midgets led by dwarves. The midgets are small and normal. The dwarves are small and warped. The sickness comes from the top down.”

He continues: “The ‘music’ is mostly 60’s and 70’s rehash, esp. Led Zeppelin, who I never could stand in the first place. Also ‘folk-rock’ is back as ‘alternative’. Gimme a break. The ‘bands’ dress this mess up in various ‘hip’ clothes and ‘political’ postures to encode a ‘lock’ on social belonging which you can open by purchasing a combination of products, especially their own, none of them have fuck-all to say”.

You can read the letter in full here.

NME has approached a press representative for Iggy Pop to verify the validity of the letter.

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Iggy Pop’s new album ‘Post Pop Depression’ was released on Friday (March 18) and was recorded in secret last year. Pop’s band for the album was made up of Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Josh Homme, Arctic Monkeys‘ drummer Matt Helders and Homme’s colleague Dean Fertita.

The album features ‘Gardenia’ and ‘Break Into Your Heart’. The group also made their live debut on Colbert in January.


Iggy Pop will headline London’s Royal Albert Hall with Homme and Matt Helders in May.

The band will be playing select live dates around the globe, with Homme on record as saying they will only perform in “small, beautiful theaters where their presence might still seem disruptive.”

The first UK venue to host the band will be the Royal Albert Hall in London with the band set to play on May 13.

Iggy Pop will play the following UK live date:

London, Royal Albert Hall (May 13)