The World’s Forgotten Boy: Iggy Pop

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“I thought, ‘If they’ve got a hit record out and they can get away with this, then I have no fucking excuse not to get out on stage with my band.'” – Iggy Pop on The Doors

I’m currently reading Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke by Rob Sheffield. (Highly recommended.) In it, he talks a lot about the transformative powers of confronting a stage and a microphone — something we’ve almost all felt and dealt with in various ways, whether it’s giving a speech, presenting a powerpoint, or, maybe most poignantly, singing karaoke. There’s something about that focus of attention, the power of having your voice amplified, maybe even a limelight cast down on you, that really wreaks havoc on the nervous system. If you’re like me, you clam up, start sweating out of places where you didn’t even know there were sweat glands…

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