Iggy Pop: ‘I did want to be a politician – until JFK got shot’

The Stooges man will deliver this year's John Peel Lecture

Iggy Pop has spoken out about his early desire to be a politician.

Speaking on BBC Two’s Newsnight this evening (October 9), the frontman of The Stooges commented: “I did want to be a politician – until JFK got shot. And then I thought…”. “Not for you?” said interviewer Kirtsy Wark.

“Not because he was shot, but because… suddenly you had Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, LBJ… a kid can look at these people and think – these people are not well,” responded Pop.

Iggy Pop will deliver this year’s John Peel lecture. The singer, who hosts a Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music, will deliver a speech titled ‘Free Music in a Capitalist Society’ which will be broadcast on 6Music live on Monday, October 13 and will later be shown on BBC Four on October 19. It was recently revealed that Iggy Pop will star as a serial killer in a new film from horror director Dario Argento called The Sandman.

The John Peel Lecture is an annual event where a notable figure from the music industry is invited to shape a debate about an issue in the music industry. The inaugural lecture was given by The Who’s Pete Townshend in 2011 and Billy Bragg and Charlotte Church took on the task in subsequent years.

Speaking about the topic of his lecture, Pop commented: “When I started I was unaware of my fiduciary duty to make money for the record company, I was thinking about other things. Later, a few years in that became a problem because I was a disgrace to the industry.” He continued: “I wanted to talk about the spirit of freedom and the idea of giving freely in a society which is getting dominated by one system, which is beginning to threaten other systems, because ultimately you’ve got to make a quick investment return for somebody that’s sitting somewhere collecting interest. And that’s fine, that’s a good system but maybe it’s a bit too successful sometimes and somebody should beat it back a bit.”

Radio Festival 2014, where Iggy will appear, takes place at The Lowry, MediaCityUK in Salford from October 13-15.