IGGY POP AND JOE DALLESANDRO: ICONS IN MEMPHIS! (COMMERCIAL APPEAL)

BY JOHN BIEFUSS VIA COMMERCIAL APPEAL

Joe Dallesandro, as photographed by Memphis’ Jack Robinson. (Photo: Jack Robinson/ Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)

They’re cool, they’re unique, they’re counterculture icons, they hung out with Andy Warhol, they used to like taking their shirts off, and they were punk before “punk” was a thing.

They’re Iggy Pop and Joe Dallesandro, and they’re coming to Memphis — Iggy on the screen and Joe in the flesh.

Iggy Pop and his groundbreaking, noise-making rock-and-roll band, the Stooges, are the focus of “Gimme Danger,” a documentary by Jim Jarmusch (director of the made-in-Memphis masterpiece “Mystery Train”) that is set to screen at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Malco Studio on the Square. No other Memphis screening has been set.

(Photo: Gillian McCain/ Magnolia Pictures)

According to The Chicago Reader’s review of the movie, the craggy-faced Iggy “is a source of endless hilarity as he recalls the band’s grungy beginnings” in Ann Arbor and Detroit, where the Stooges’ muscular proto-punk and Pop’s sinewy, self-mutilating stage antics simultaneously broke the mold and set the template for a rock-and-roll style that was “primitive” yet forward-thinking in its rejection of formula and insistence on radically aggressive expression.

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