Thursday, August 15, 2013

Iggy Pop: Using the Library for Stage Attire Inspiration

Iggy Pop is so famously shirtless that Buzzfeed devoted a timeline to documenting it. Less famous is that his shirtlessness was a deliberate decision based on library research.

In Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed (ML420.P69 T79 2007), author Paul Trynka reports that the budding Stooge continued to visit the University of Michigan library after he stopped attending classes. Iggy stated, "I was looking at a book on Egyptian antiquity. And [I realized] the pharoahs never wore a shirt. And I thought, 'Gee, there's something about that.'"

What unexpected inspiration have you found at the library?

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