20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments

The self-destructive legacy of the infamous Stooge

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First Eyewitness Account of Iggy Slicing Up His Torso (May 23, 1969)
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First Eyewitness Account of Iggy Slicing Up His Torso (May 23, 1969)

The abuse Iggy Pop inflicted upon his body is legendary, but according to Ben Edmonds, later an editor at Creem, Iggy's career of public self-mutilation began at an Ohio Wesleyan University gig that he had booked. "He picked up a drumstick shard and began absent-mindedly running it across his bare chest," Edmonds would later recall. "He apparently increased the pressure with each stroke, because red welt lines soon became visible, which then discharged trickles of blood running down his torso." Gruesome stuff, but even more disconcerting for Edmonds was when Iggy pulled on a white T-shirt after the set: The singer's blood seeped right through the fabric.

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