By Amanda Wicks
Not only do The Stooges have a new biography coming out, but they’re also the subject of a forthcoming documentary directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.
Gimme Danger, which is titled after the band’s 1973 song by the same name, blends archival footage, live performances and interviews to present a new visual history of the band. Jarmusch captured original interviews from frontman Iggy Pop, drummer Scott Asheton and more. Iggy reportedly asked Jarmusch to spearhead the documentary, which he’s been working on for several years.
In the trailer, released today (September 28), Iggy says of the band, “We were real communists. We lived in a communal house, we shared all money, and when we began to write songs, we shared all authorship.” He adds at the end, “I don’t wanna belong to the glam people, alternative people, to any of it. I don’t wanna be a punk. I just wanna be.”
Gimme Danger premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It will open in New York and Detroit on October 28, and nationwide on November 4th.
Jarmusch is a huge music fan, and has often integrated a variety of styles into his narrative films. Mystery Train (1989) was set in Memphis and involved three stories linked by Elvis Presley. And Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) featured The GZA and RZA from Wu-Tang Clan appearing opposite Bill Murray. Jarmusch’s last documentary Year of the Horse focused on Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s 1996 concert tour.
Watch the trailer below.