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'Everything that's rotten about rock 'n' roll': Iggy Pop on punk rock
By
Jacquie Lee

Published

April 25, 2017

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Punk rock is alive and well today, though when Iggy Pop chatted with CBC's 90 Minutes Live host Peter Gzowski in 1977, it was just getting its start.

Gzowski leads with a question about the emerging genre, and Pop interrupts: "I'll tell you about punk rock. 'Punk rock' is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators, about music that takes up the energies, and the bodies, and the hearts and the souls and the time and the minds, of young men, who give what they have to it, and give everything they have to it. And it's a — it's a term that's based on contempt; it's a term that's based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism, and everything that's rotten about rock 'n' roll."

Watch the rest of the interview below as Gzowski uncovers the surprising reason behind some of Pop's performance antics, including that time he vomited onstage.