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TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told By Iggy Pop TMB—013

Third Man Books is excited to announce one of the most anticipated books of the year about one of the most influential bands of all time... The Stooges. 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.

Author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg, noted music historians and collectors, spent two days with Pop at his Miami home, sharing with him their extensive Stooges collection and interviewing the legendary singer. Pop's candid, bare-all responses left them with the almost unbelievable tale of the band he founded-the alternately 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 & Roll Hall of Fame. Their continuing influence can be felt today in the shape and sound of rock-n-roll music.

Jeff Gold, Johan Kugelberg and editor/contributor Jon Savage are among the most respected music authors and historians working today. Their efforts include numerous acclaimed and best-selling books and a Grammy Award. TOTAL CHAOS stands as a work for all fans of the band and rock music to draw inspiration. Including an absolute treasure-trove of rare and unseen photographs, TOTAL CHAOS is a book that shows AND tells the story of The Stooges. A metallic k.o. of only the best kind.


It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of The Stooges. He's an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre-punk rock-and influenced countless others that followed. There was no precedent in rock music for what they did. They're definitely the only group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who started out playing an amplified Waring blender, a vacuum cleaner, spring water bottles and a 200 gallon oil drum. - Jeff Gold, Author of 101 Essential Rock Records

Iggy and The Stooges have to be one of the greatest American rock bands that has ever been. - Joan Jett

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

Iggy Pop has turned the interview into an art form. In this book he tells the history of The Stooges with a mixture of wit, candor and spontaneity: from their early beginnings to their full flaming flare over three groundbreaking albums before the crash and the triumphant return that no-one could have predicted. Profusely illustrated with dozens of unseen images, this is the story of The Stooges like you've never read it before. - Jon Savage, Author of England's Dreaming.


Ben Blackwell

Joan Jett

Johnny Marr

Jack White

& more.


LIFE IS A RIP OFF: THE COMPLETE BOOK is 404 pages and 12 months of record reviews—one record a day, every day, for one year. Yes, John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny of Wolf Eyes aka American Tapes did that. And he reviewed everything from death metal demo cassettes to the Staples Singers' gospel. Enter into the OLZONE and find out about music you've never known, bands from places that you've never heard, and then read his review of KANSAS. Reading LRIP will make you re-realize why blues is relevant, why every punk band in America matters, why jazz is good for the heart, and metal will always ride by your side.

"To write music op-ed this good, you have to tap the primordial sap sack, to butterfly stroke the ancient ooze of tune begatment, cave dwell with the knuckle draggers, scratch symbols into the dirt with the freaks and make it rain. He do and it did".—Henry Rollins

"[Life is a Rip Off] is the best way [John Olson] can add another cubist layer to the sound and visuality he’s already presented for the last twenty or so years. He’s sharing something the people who don’t know him personally don’t get enough of—his textual, syntactical brain, stained as it is with dollar-store spray paint."— Ben Hell Hall, Detroit artist.

"When John agreed to write a record review a day, back in 20xx, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. Not because I didn’t think he could do it - but that I knew he would do it, even if it became a years-long all-encompassing obsessive task."—Tovah Olson, The Dead Machines.

"[John Olson] didn’t just introduce me to different worlds, the man introduced me to entire universes."—Bryan Ramirez, Killertrees Records

Wolf Eyes . . . sounds like a crumbling Velvet Underground bootleg that's been burned to ashes.—NPR, Sept 2015


John Olson joined the seminal noise, trip-metal band Wolf Eyes in 2000. Wolf Eyes has toured and/or worked with musicians such as Sonic Youth and Anthony Braxton. In 2015, Wolf Eyes released the full length I AM A PROBLEM: MIND IN PIECES on Third Man Records.


Henry Rollins: Born in 1961 in Washington, D.C., Henry Rollins was barely out of his teens when he joined the legendary punk band Black Flag. He won a Grammy Award for best spoken word album in 1994 for his recording of his memoir, Get In the Van.

Ben Hell Hall: Sculptor and composer Ben Hall creates installations incorporating durational performances, existing objects and indeterminacy.all has written for The Wire and BOMB and has performed at INSTAL in Glasgow, Scotland; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; and kunstenentrum BELGIE in Belgium.

Bryan Ramirez is a certified Forester in the great state of Montana and an experimental, jazz, noise musician. He has played in several collaborations and groups including Ex-Cocaine and Poor School. He also runs the Killertree Records label.

Tovah Olson has created something approximating music with Dead Machines, Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice and various other projects. She co-founded the Polyamory record label and runs Tovinator. She's a digital news director and inzane mom living in the middle of Michigan.

Life Is A Rip Off Part Two TMB—008

Life is a Rip Off Part Two is the second installment of record reviews coming at you from the Olzone courtesy of Wolf Eyes' John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny aka American Tapes. Eventually to be a full length book, Part TWO is the next and FINAL three month installment before the complete book (it's going to be all perfect-bound and sold at bookstores) covering all twelve months is published. But LRIP2 is more zine than book. It's handmade. It's hand-stamped. It comes in a manilla envelope. If you're wondering which Staples Singers record might be for you or what they mean to Mr. Olson, look no further. As Olson says himself, Who’d a thunk that a nuclear-soul diving flaming kamikaze Nuclear Warhead Bomb would have been constructed via the Sunday Morning shadows of Chicago via 1948 from “Pops” Roebuck and his three children????. Or what about all those punk rock, hip-hop, and metal demo tapes that you may have missed like Mantas : 'Mantas Want You to Die!' exclaims the deathzombie evil creature from the old advert inside. HELL YEAH they do. Seeing how this demo beast is a hand full of years before the mighty Repulsion I’d say that this rancid rotting lofi flesh shredder is just GROUND ZERO for US death metal. The evil gnarled twisted kind that just went on . . . LRIP2 is the place to go for tapers, demo-heads, metal-heads, punkers, rockers, rastas, hippies, jazzers, and anyone else who wants to learn more about music, discover new music, and take a peak into the layer of the Olzone.

LRIP2 will be exclusively available March 17 at the Audio Social Dissent SXSW show.

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