20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments

The self-destructive legacy of the infamous Stooge

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'Murder of a Virgin' (August 11, 1974)
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'Murder of a Virgin' (August 11, 1974)

Iggy limped off to L.A. after the demise of the Stooges, where he staged his first solo concert at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, with a performance he dubbed The Murder of a Virgin. "Do you want to see blood?" Iggy asked the crowd, which howled affirmatively back at him. Then, at Iggy's urging, guitarist Ron Asheton, wearing a Nazi outfit, whipped Iggy repeatedly. Iggy began hurling racial epithets at a black spectator, hoping to goad the man into stabbing him with the steak knife he'd brought onstage. No luck, so he closed the set by carving an X into his chest himself.

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