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Gimme Danger

Indie veteran Jim Jarmusch documents the rise and fall of the Stooges, the Detroit rock band of the late 60s and early 70s whose Motor City mayhem helped inspire the rise of punk a few years later. This is Jarmusch's first rock documentary since the Neil Young concert film Year of the Horse (1998), and like that effort, it's distinguished mainly by the filmmaker's ranking status as an artist: the musicians seem to regard him as a creative equal, which sharpens their answers to his questions, yet he can also be counted on not to press too hard. Iggy Pop, the band's front man and the only member to graduate to a solo career, is a source of endless hilarity as he recalls the band's grungy beginnings and lurching journey through the music business. The industry's complete misunderstanding of the band is exemplified by Pop's anecdote about a manager trying to persuade him to play Peter Pan on Broadway; the singer wanted to play Charles Manson instead.

Credits

Director:

  • Jim Jarmusch

Cast:

  • Iggy Pop
  • James Williamson
  • Steve Mackay
  • Mike Watt
  • Danny Fields

Writer:

  • Jim Jarmusch

Producers:

  • José Ibáñez
  • Carter Logan
  • Fernando Sulichin
  • Jon Kilik
  • Serge Lobo
  • Robert Wilson

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