Iggy Pop’s Punk Docuseries Is A Masterclass in Music History

Iggy Pop’s Punk Docuseries Is A Masterclass in Music History

Iggy Pop in Punk via YouTube. 

If you streamed your way clear through Netflix over the weekend, fear not, Iggy Pop has you covered! SBS Viceland are now playing his new Punk TV series on Monday nights at 8:30pm and it’s absolutely riveting.   

In episode one, which aired last Monday night (April 20), the Godfather of Punk heads up a bounty of the genre’s most legendary players – including Johnny Rotten, David Vanian from The Damned, Henry Rollins, The Slits’ guitarist Viv Albertine, Wayne County’s Jayne County, filmmaker/DJ Don Letts and The Clash drummer Terry Chimes and many more – who recall how late 1960s New York was a city “so damaged” it created a perfect storm for the punk explosion; echoed in Britain where politics, music and fashion came together in a melting pot of rebellion; and how each scene inspired the next to build a timeless movement that embodies an attitude more than any one sound or style. 

But as Don Letts reminds us, when it comes to punk, “all roads lead to Iggy Pop.” Shirtless, articulate and raw as ever – there couldn't be a more perfect narrator for this masterclass in music history. Check out episode one via SBS on Demand here. 

Watch the intro below:

From the Sex Pistols and The Clash, to Joan Jett and Patti Smith, the tapestry of music history is laid out like a road map of nihilism, infamy, progression and change. The four-part series will weave later evolutions of punk, hardcore and grunge into the scene to show how modern players like Nirvana and Green Day have kept the eternal “punk attitude” flame burning, into the '90s and beyond.

Episode two of Punk airs on SBS Viceland at 8:30pm tonight. Stream here. 

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