First reaction can only be the one predicted by the author in his own book; another one? But, whereas the Iggy biog market peaked with Paul Trynka's final word, Callwood comes as a fan telling the story of all the Stooges and those who sailed in her, also covering the years between mid-1970s spit and early noughties reunion. His fan credentials can't be faulted, even including moving from London to Detroit while writing the book.
Iggy takes something of a back seat as Callwood coaxes interviews out of the late Ron Asheton, his brother Scott and other associates, including an account of the former's time in the often-overlooked Destroy All Monsters. Originally published in 2007, with foreword by Alice Cooper and afterword by Glen Danzig, the story is extended to last year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, including Ron Asheton's shock death in January, 2009. The interview with Ron is one of his last and longest, while the rare words from Scott reveal his struggle to play in the Stooges without his brother after Iggy brought in James Williamson. Above anything, this quote-stacked work stands as an ultimate tribute to the quiet titan who `will be missed for as long as people are playing rock `n` roll.' Kris Needs