Gimme Danger (2016)

A quite good look at the creation and still-evolving legacy of a rock 'n' roll band Jarmusch considers the greatest of all time and at the same time an important testimony of the time and place in the history (of music) long gone

“Gimme Danger” is subtitled “Story of The Stooges” and that’s important—the movie doesn’t give much play to Iggy’s long and varied solo career, which at many points was far more commercially successful than that of the band he co-founded and fronted in the late ‘60s. Jim Jarmusch has described it as a “love letter” to the Stooges, but it is also a kind of brief for the band. Its accessible form, in which the normally more minimalist Jarmusch resorts to a lot of the standard tropes of the contemporary documentary—talking head style (more or less) interviews, far-reaching archival footage, even animated recreations of events described by the participants—seems to me as an attempt to reach the skeptics in the audience, and convince them that Jarmusch may be right when he calls The Stooges “The greatest rock and roll band ever.

"I don’t want to belong to the glam people. I don’t want to belong to the hip-hop people. I don’t want to belong to the TV people. I don’t want to belong to the alternative people. Just let me be"

Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges

by Iggy Pop (As told by),
Jon Savage (Editor)

Jeff Gold (Editor)

Johan Kugelburg (Contributor)

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