More rave reviews for Total Chaos!

Below, new rave reviews for Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told by Iggy Pop, from Record Collector (Five Stars!), Men’s Journal (a Book of the Year!), Daily Beast and more.

And available exclusively from Recordmecca and Third Man: The Iggy Pop signed deluxe edition, with bonus 45, poster and handbills.

Men’s Journal – Best books of 2016 list

Daily Beast – the performer best known for his crazed on-stage persona offers up a measured and self-aware analysis of his career…The Iggy Pop that emerges from his own recollections is full of piss and vinegar, acidulated anecdotes, a lot of humor and an impressive grasp of musical history.

Tidal – A massive, all-encompassing oral history of the Stooges, in all its gore and glory.

Detroit Free Press – A fittingly freewheeling, often debauched recounting of the Stooges’ fiery rise and flameout…A must-have for fans of the late, great Michigan band.

Rock and Folk (France) – A magnificent volume

The Big Takeover – This is as close as most of us will come to hearing the tale of one of America’s greatest bands from the horse’s mouth….by the end of this intensely readable tale, you respect Iggy and the Stooges in a deeper light, amazed and thankful that were able to achieve whatever they did despite complete indifference from the industry and their own failings (which, as he accounts, were legion). The Stooges only released a few albums in their heyday, but they changed the world. Read Total Chaos to find out how.

New Noise Magazine – An incredible and deeply honest account of Pop

Sorry State Records – [Total chaos] has the casual tone of the Please Kill Me school of oral history books, but much more depth.

More “Total Chaos” Raves from Esquire, Noisey, Consequence of Sound, Rough Trade, LA Weekly and Elmore

The reviews for Total Chaos: The Story of The Stoogess/As Told by Iggy Pop keep coming, and so far they are all raves!screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-4-58-09-pm

EsquireA fantastic new book…a must-read for both diehard fans and anyone who wants to learn first-hand from Pop what it was like from the inside looking out in one of the seminal bands of the post-’60s era.

Noisey (Vice) – Chaos Reigns: Iggy Pop spills his guts in this definitive Stooges Book.

Consequence of SoundTotal Chaos is the definitive and insane story of how Iggy and the Stooges became one of music’s most influential bands

LA Weekly – Both definitive and unique.

Rough Trade – one of the Books of The Year

Watch a short film of Jeff Gold interviewing Iggy Pop at the Third Man Records Detroit launch, and read about the Iggy Pop/Jeff Gold conversation in Elmore Magazine.

More reviews below.

New York Book Launch With Iggy, Rolling Stone feature and Upcoming Culver City Signing


More great press for Total Chaos:The Story of The Stooges/As Told By Iggy Pop in a Rolling Stone recap of Iggy and my interview/Q&A /book signing last Friday night at the Rizzoli Bookstore in NYC.  Rolling Stone recaps some highlights of our talk including Iggy’s revelations about K-Mart and fashion, Bob Dylan wannabees, ruining Joe Perry’s Acid Trip, the Beach Boys as potential inspiration for The Stooges classic Raw Power, and MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith.

Coming next Saturday–a book launch and solo signing (Iggy’s on vacation) with an exhibit of original Stooges memorabilia at Arcana:Books on the Arts in Culver City, CA.jgtc-insta

Detroit launch with Iggy, and first review: “TOTAL CHAOS is phenomenal—a must-have for all fans of the group.”

Just back from Detroit where we had an incredible launch for Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told By Iggy Pop, with…Mr. Iggy Pop himself.  Iggy joined me for an interview, Q&A and book signing at Detroit’s stunning Third Man Records.  Jim Jarmusch, director of the wonderful Stooges documentary Gimmie Danger (which had it’s Detroit premiere earlier that night) joined us for the Q&A, and everyone had a great time. (Photos below.)

Another highlight of last week was a great piece on the book in Dangerous Minds, where critic Bart Bealmear wrote “TOTAL CHAOS is phenomenal—a must-have for all fans of the group.”

This week, our New York launch event with Iggy, Friday at 6:00 PM, Rizzoli Bookstore, Broadway at 26th, Friday at 6:00 PM.  First come first serve.  Hope to see you there.

-Jeff Gold

Iggy and yours truly
Jim Jarmusch joined us for the Q&A

Live Talk & Book Launch With Iggy Pop and Jeff Gold in Detroit and New York City


To celebrate the publication of one of the most anticipated books of the year, TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop, Third Man Books is beyond excited to present legendary and legend-making musician Iggy Pop in conversation with author Jeff Gold. They will appear in Detroit on October 25 at Third Man Records Cass Corridor, and on November 4 in New York City at Rizzoli Bookstore. These events will be open to the public with admittance first come, first serve.

TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words and features a cache of never before seen images. Pop’s candid, bare-all account is the incredible tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim. In 2010 The Stooges—credited with having invented punk rock—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their continuing influence can be felt today in the shape and sound of rock-n-roll music. TOTAL CHAOS:The Story of The Stooges / As Told By Iggy Pop will be available from Third Man Books in November 2016.

“What does it mean to be Iggy Pop, five decades of being ‘the wildest man in rock’? Iggy Pop is many things. Rock Star. Singer, Rebel. Primitive. Stooge. The Jean Genie, Passenger. Legend.” – Johnny Marr

About Iggy Pop and Jeff Gold:

James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He was the founder and vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges, who reunited in 2003, and in 2010 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Pop’s music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of his career, from garage and punk rock to forays into jazz and blues.  Pop’s best known songs include “Lust for Life”, “The Passenger”, “Real Wild Child (Wild One)”, “China Girl”, “Nightclubbing”, and the Stooges classics “Search and Destroy” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. In March 2016, Pop released his highest charting album ever, Post Pop Depression, a collaboration with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal).

Author Jeff Gold is a music historian, author, former record label executive, and Grammy Award winner. He has been profiled by Rolling Stone as one of the five “top collectors of high-end music memorabilia.” As Executive Vice President/General Manager of Warner Bros. Records and a VP at A&M Records, Gold worked with Iggy Pop, Prince, R.E.M., The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, and Cat Stevens.  A four-time Grammy nominated Art Director, he won the 1990 Best Album Package Grammy for Suzanne Vega’s Days of Open Hand. Gold has consulted for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Experience Music Project, and appeared as an expert on PBS’ History Detectives. Gold and colleague Laura Woolley also appraised The Bob Dylan Archive now housed at the University of Tulsa. His discovery of previously undocumented tapes has led to major label releases including Bob Dylan in Concert at Brandeis University 1963. Gold’s 2012 book 101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl, From The Beatles to the Sex Pistols was one of eight books chosen by Rolling Stone as “the year’s best reading material.” Gold owns  music collectibles website Recordmecca and writes about topics of interest to collectors on its blog.

Out November 15: Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told By Iggy Pop

We’ll be updating this section as the press comes in…

First up, an exclusive excerpt from Total Chaos in Rolling Stone-

See Iggy Pop Transform From High School Debate King Into Stooges Wildman

James Osterberg Jr., the future Iggy Pop, on the Ann Arbor High debate team. Top row third from left.
The Stooges at the Ann Arbor Armory in April 1968, at one of their first shows. L-R, Ron Asheton, Iggy Pop (in whiteface), Dave Alexander, Scott Asheton.

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