Iggy Pop and David Bowie perform live in San Francisco.

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David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.
Iggy Pop

David Bowie and Iggy Pop first met in 1971 at Max’s Kansas City, a musical hotspot in New York City, while Bowie was on tour to promote his album The Man Who Sold the World.

The then-largely unknown proto-punk rocker made a deep impression on Bowie, and was a partial inspiration for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona.

Bowie invited Pop, who was experiencing heroin addiction, to London, where he helped mix Iggy and the Stooges’ album Raw Power. Though the album would eventually become a classic, the band collapsed and Pop continued to battle drug abuse. Read more…

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