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Jim Jarmusch Promises Ambitious Stooges Doc

In our exclusive video, the director says he will not rely on 'talking heads' for the movie, which will include previously unreleased music

September 9, 2010 10:15 AM ET

Indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch sat down with Rolling Stone at All Tomorrow's Parties this weekend and gave us some details on his planed Stooges documentary. While the film is still years away, Jarmusch — who recruited the Stooges to perform Raw Power at ATP on Sunday night — promises it will be more visually interesting than a typical documentary that relies on "talking heads." He also plans on using new music Scott and Ron Asheton recorded prior to Ron's death in January 2009, which Iggy later sang over. "It's something that Iggy asked me to do about a year ago, because he knew I was a huge fan of the Stooges," says Jarmusch. "It's not an overview of Iggy Pop or his life or his career, but of course the Stooges are so important in the history of music, and certainly Iggy's the engine of it." For more, watch our video above.

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ATP day one: Video of the Stooges and Mudhoney

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Gallery: All Tomorrow's Parties

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