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Iggy & The Stooges: One Night At The Whisky, 1970 by Ed Caraeff review

Stripped on the Strip

Cover art for Iggy & The Stooges: One Night At The Whisky, 1970 by Ed Caraeff

What we have here are essentially a couple of hundred pages of photos of Iggy with his shirt off. Colour me unsurprised. Iggy’s never been a massive fan of shirts and, as a consequence, there are significant numbers of shirt-unencumbered photos available to fans of his particular take on how a rock should be rolled out there already. So why should you clutter up your life with more?

Well, these were taken when he was with The Stooges, by the guy who shot Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey and who took the inner gatefold photo of Funhouse – the one on the carpet. You only get to see the contact sheet of that particular session, but you get a whole lot of Iggy at The Whisky: making faces, wearing gloves, laying on the floor, not laying on the floor. Bare-chested. There’s not much Caraeff reminiscence, though a couple of worthy folks do pop up to tell you how great The Stooges were from time to time. But basically it’s 200 pages of Iggy with his shirt off.

Classic Rock’s Reviews Editor for the last 19 years, Ian stapled his first fanzine in 1977. Since misspending his youth by way of ‘research’ his work has also appeared in such publications as Metal Hammer, Prog, NME, Uncut, Kerrang!, VOX, The Face, The Guardian, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Electronic Sound, Record Collector and across the internet. Permanently buried under mountains of recorded media, ears ringing from a lifetime of gigs, he enjoys nothing more than recreationally throttling a guitar and following a baptism of punk fire has played in bands for 45 years, releasing recordings via Esoteric Antenna and Cleopatra Records.