Runtime: 45 min; DVD; 2010
Review by: Whitney Pineault
It is considered to be one of the most influential albums ever made; one that revolutionized punk rock and inspired the sound of countless acts to follow. Originally released in 1973, though far ahead of its time, Iggy And The Stooges’ Raw Power has recently been reissued and with it comes an intimate documentary by Morgan Neville detailing the album's turbulant creation, titled Search & Destroy: Iggy And The Stooges’ Raw Power.
In standard rock doc form, Search & Destroy features candid interviews with the band as they recount personal anecdotes from this primitive period of time. Iconic and unpredictable frontman, Iggy Pop, though at the age of 62 is still sharp as a tack and bursting with energy, bears the face of a man clouted by years of living the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. His interviews are an absolute high point. We see his quirky personality in its true form and are left with an undeniable conclusion; this man lives and breathes music.
Unfortunately for Iggy And The Stooges, they arrived at a time when the music industry was reeling over David Bowie and his glam rock persona. When the band collectively made it clear that they were not going to follow the same Bowie formula, nobody could figure out what to do with them. Management rejected all of their songs and when the album did finally come out, Raw Power just did not seem to to fit anywhere. Although it was considered a complete failure at the time, we are shown through interviews with fellow musicians such as Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Modest Mouse) and Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) the profound impact this album had, and continues to have, over listeners.
Search & Destroy, though short in running time, is worth it alone to watch Iggy at the mixing board and listen as he goes through recordings of certain tracks and elements that made Raw Power so unique. Also noteworthy is the abundance of rare photographs and live concert footage included allowing viewers to see first hand where the roots of punk rock originated.
The NXNE 2010 Film Festival is slated to feature the Canadian premier of Search & Destroy: Iggy And The Stooges’ Raw Power at the Toronto Underground Cinema, Saturday June 19 at 5pm. You can also catch Iggy And The Stooges performing live (and for FREE!) at the Outdoor Mainstage in Young-Dundas Square that night at 9:30pm.