ABSTRACT

Sometime after the May 1970 Fun House recording sessions, before the record came out in August, Iggy Pop spoke on the phone to Danny Fields, no longer at Elektra but still working with the Stooges as a kind of unofficial PR director. As a participant in the making of the album, Pop’s feelings are eminently justified, and from the vantage point of today, when it routinely makes everyone’s “all-time greatest” lists and is seen as one of the most important so-called “proto-punk” albums, his claims do not seem so grandiose. Having just finished recording the album, the band were clearly buoyed by the intensity of that artistic experience and played triumphant shows in Michigan upon returning from California. Watching the footage today, it’s still a thrilling moment, and readers get the sense that a performer jumping into the audience is something not many had seen before—yet there it was, happening before everyone’s eyes in 1970.