Iggy Pop Kicks Off New ‘Bedtime Stories’ Digital Art Project

The Roots’ Black Thought, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and David Byrne will also be contributing to the project.

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Photo courtesy of Caroline International/Loma Vista Recordings

Iggy Pop is the first of a selection of artists— also including Black Thought of The Roots, David Byrne, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., and more—set to take part in the new digital art project entitled ‘Bedtime Stories’.

‘Bedtime Stories’ is the latest from Maurizio Cattelan, notorious for duct-taping a banana to a wall at last year’s Art Basel in Miami, arrives via New York’s New Museum. He explains the work as “a way of staying together during these days of isolation.” The project features each participating artist reading a passage from their favourite book, whatever it may be. Iggy Pop exercised that freedom by offering up a tribute to his late dog, Tromba. Pop speaks fondly of the animal, who he says hated New York City “and those little fluffy dogs on Tompkins Square.” You can listen to Iggy’s story here.

‘Bedtime Stories’ will offer up new stories every day through the end of June. Among the additional artists slated to participate are Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Marilyn Minter, Rashid Johnson, Jordan Wolfson, and Maya Lin.

As uDiscover Music previously reported, Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression – Live at the Royal Albert Hall premiered on the Eagle Rock YouTube channel on Wednesday, 13 May and is now available to stream for free around the world.

Released by Caroline International/Loma Vista Recordings in March 2016, Post Pop Depression was Iggy Pop’s 17th studio album. Produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album was recorded in secrecy and also features contributions from Queens of the Stone Age member Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. The album gained a new level of chart success for Pop at age 68, becoming his first US top 20 album and first UK top 5 album.

The accompanying tour saw Iggy joined by QOTSA’s Homme, Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen, plus Helders. The tour comprised two legs, with a total of 20 shows across Europe and North America, with the dates beginning at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on 28 March 2016. The tour’s setlist focused almost entirely on Post Pop Depression, plus Iggy’s two classic David Bowie collaboration albums from 1977, The Idiot and Lust For Life. Fans and critics alike raved about the performances which will definitely be remembered among the finest concerts of Iggy Pop’s career.

Listen to the Best of Iggy Pop on Apple Music and Spotify.

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