Gimme Danger

Gimme Danger
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 49min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Ron Asheton, James Williamson
  • UK release: 18 November 2016

Affectionate if ramshackle tribute to Iggy and the Stooges, the Michigan-spawned outfit Jarmusch believes to be the greatest rock & roll band ever. There are plenty of anecdotes about the band's use of narcotics, etc., but the real star is the music.

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With not one but two Jarmusch films in this cinema guide, it’s like all our cinema Christmases have come at once. Gimme Danger is the history of Jarmusch’s favourite band, The Stooges, who burst out of Michigan in the late ’60s with a savage and endlessly influential fusion of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz.

Jarmusch traces the The Stooges' origins to Ann Arbor, where James Osterberg (now forever known as Iggy Pop) teamed with the Asheton brothers, guitarist Ron and drummer Scott. Joined by other rotating members over the years, they cut their teeth in Detroit's rock scene alongside the MC5 and got signed to their first major label by Danny Fields. But front-man Iggy had a flair for self-sabotage, which eventually brought about a long split with his bandmates starting in 1974.

In new interviews, Iggy is candid, funny, and poignant in reflecting on the crooked path of his career. His perspective is rounded out by older commentary from Ron and Scott Asheton (who died in 2009 and 2014, respectively) and other insiders. Their story comes full circle with The Stooges' latter-day reformation in 2003. Blending rich archive material never seen before, *Gimme Danger *is a fascinating in depth portrait of the legendary musician through the years at his passionate best and drug-addled worst.

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