Iggy Pop on free music in a capitalist society
October 14, 2014 2:28 PM   Subscribe

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posted by gwint at 3:08 PM on October 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

That transcript was fascinating, thank you goo!
posted by merelyglib at 3:09 PM on October 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

Wow, that was really engaging; thanks for the link. Great to read Iggy ramble on about this stuff.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:10 PM on October 14, 2014

No fun, binary code – zero one, zero one - no risk, no nothing.
Reads kinda like an Iggy Pop song.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 3:12 PM on October 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

His weekly BBC Radio 6 show is always worth checking out too - he's a passionate and knowledgeable chap with eclectic tastes. Last weekend's show was a German special and covered everything from Wagner, Marlene Dietrich, Can and Rammstein to Noel Coward's Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans.
posted by sobarel at 3:19 PM on October 14, 2014 [6 favorites]

There is an unseen hand that turns the pages of existence in ways no one can predict. But while you’re waiting for God to show up, try to find a good entertainment lawyer.
posted by Sebmojo at 3:28 PM on October 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

There are other people of means and intelligence who help others in this way like Philip Glass through Tibet House, David Burn with Luaka Bop, Damon Albarn through Honest John Records. Shout out to Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Almost all the best music is coming out on indies today like XL Mattador, Burger, Anti, Apitaph, Mute, Rough Trade, 4 A D, Sub Pop, etc. etc.

Jeez, they maybe could've had a music nerd copy-edit that transcript.
posted by box at 3:50 PM on October 14, 2014 [6 favorites]

I'd rather read Iggy unedited. Who cares if he makes mistakes? Let's hear what's on his mind.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 5:32 PM on October 14, 2014

Caught his Radio 6 show the other day and loved it. Gotta love Radio 6 in general, too. All kinds of music.
posted by grubby at 5:58 PM on October 14, 2014 [4 favorites]

Listening to my radio boyfriends, Radcliffe and Maconie, is among the only things that keep me sane during my workday. It's still a great moment of my life when my Tweet got a mention on their show.

Iggy is the best and I hope the kids listen to him. He's a good soul that loves music and wants it to be shared. I'm into that.
posted by darksong at 6:54 PM on October 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

His weekly BBC Radio 6 show is always worth checking out too

It is! Had someone suggested me 15 years ago (in the year 2000) that the next time I eared Tristan would be on a BBC radio show hosted by Iggy, I'd have had a big laugh. (See what universal Si-Fi has done to us?)
posted by Twang at 7:14 PM on October 14, 2014

I've known a few heroin addicts and lots of alcoholics and none of them came out of it as well as Iggy Pop [James Newell Osterberg, Jr].

He's emblematic of a brief time and sure-footed in his somewhat rambling thinking. He is improbable in the age of fame and refreshingly unvarnished.

I like him.

The Passenger.

And the lyrics to The Passenger.
posted by vapidave at 9:04 PM on October 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

I buried my Euros in the sand with a GPS ... before Iggy Pop made it cool.
posted by vicx at 10:17 PM on October 14, 2014

Such a great speech.
posted by Catblack at 12:03 AM on October 15, 2014

Probably a repost, but he writes a mean letter to young fans as well......

Letters of Note "Hang On My Love and Grow Big And Strong
posted by C.A.S. at 12:39 AM on October 15, 2014 [5 favorites]

I can listen to Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins radio shows every week. I love the future.
posted by persona au gratin at 2:00 AM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

I thought this was mostly just the usual bluster about the new "digital music world".

Ultimately his answer to "the topic of Free Music in a Capitalist Society" was basically "become a capitalist" - ie diversify your portfolio be an entrepreneur.

Also no mention of copyright as a created system - instead he lightly re-inforces the idea that downloading is "theft".
posted by mary8nne at 3:07 AM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the link to that letter, C.A.S. What a sweetheart of a guy he is.
posted by Cocodrillo at 3:49 AM on October 15, 2014

He's even been published in classics journals.
posted by El Brendano at 4:46 AM on October 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

I like Iggy's Schweppes ad.
posted by chavenet at 5:03 AM on October 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Even though I don't play the guitar, build the guitar or repair the guitar, I've become a big fan of Dan Erlewine's videos for Stewart MacDonald.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:16 AM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

"Now we have people in the Sahara using GPS to bury huge wads of Euros under sand dunes for safe keeping."

Say what? Is this a metaphor for something? C'mon Osterberg, what's the scoop here?
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:55 AM on October 15, 2014

I wish I knew, JoeZydeco! Sounds like an interesting story.

The video of the lecture will air on BBC4 this Sunday at 8pm. Iggy is an ...interesting visual performer so I'll be watching.

Man I love Radio 6 Music, it's the only station I listen to now at home. Doesn't matter who's presenting and what music they're playing; it's always engaging. I turned on the radio last night when I started cooking dinner and it was on Absolute 90s - gah! Couldn't switch it over quick enough. I know all those songs, I certainly don't know all the songs I hear on Radio 6. It's brilliant.
posted by goo at 2:27 PM on October 16, 2014

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