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‘I was who I was in high school in accordance with the rules of conduct for a normal person, like obeying your mom and dad. Then I got out of high school and moved out of the house, and I just started, for lack of a better term, running free.’

Who else, in the span of one career, will have performed on American Idol at the age of 63, advertised car insurance (only to see their advertisement banned on the grounds that they themselves would be uninsurable), developed a reputation for unfettered live acts that have included self mutilation, and become an acknowledged semi-authority on Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire? None other than Iggy Pop, dubbed ‘the indefatigable Pop’. He remains unabashed about his reputation, claiming, ‘What some people would call antics, I would just call a good show.’