Gimme Danger is one Rock Doc not to be missed! Director Jim Jarmusch has cleverly intertwined candid interviews and concert footage, along with significant memorabilia pieces, cultural references, and animation. It’s the story of “the greatest rock and roll band ever”, or so we are told as the film opens. The Stooges truly were pioneers of that early grunge sound from the late 1960’s, along with MC5 and a few others. This documentary follows the band from their youthful drug-fueled beginnings up until their 2009 reunion shows and new release. There is a large void, where the movie jumps from the 1970’s to the 2000’s, but that’s because the period in between was when Iggy Pop was out on his own, not as part of The Stooges. 

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Familiar to audiences since his 1984 seminal indie film “Stranger Than Paradise”, Jim Jarmusch is a true American auteur.  Favouring mood and character over plot, Jarmusch’s films view America through the eyes of the outsider, a hallmark of his more than 21 films as a director.  Gimme Danger is Jarmusch’s second documentary profiling a musician after Year of the Horse that followed Neil Young and Crazy Horse on their 1997 concert tour.

Like The Stooges and their music, Gimme Danger is a little wild, messy, emotional, funny, primitive and sophisticated in the most unrefined way.  Long live The Stooges’! – Jim Jarmusch

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Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960’s.  Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed.  Jim Jarmusch’s new film Gimme Danger chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time.  Gimme Danger presents the context of the Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relates their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.

As well, Iggy also has his own 22-song video release coming out this month, titled “Post Pop Depression Live at The Royal Albert Hall”,  that is available on various digital and analog formats.  In addition to these aforementioned projects, Third Man Books is releasing TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop later this year, which will be the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words. In 2010 The Stooges were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for being punk pioneers.

And that’s not all. The Stooges front man is currently doing a few select in-store appearances to promote his book, and according to a recent 24 Hours interview, there maybe something in the works for Trainspotting 2, and there definitely is something happening with The Sandman film. He said, “The dates keep changing, but I’m told that I’m going to come to Canada in February to film The Sandman. I’m going to be playing The Sandman.” As well, he mentioned hitting the studio once again to record some one-off single tracks, that will be “a collaboration with some electronic artists” and “with a top producer”. He also gave a shout out to Canadian acts, U.S. Girls, The Sadies, and Derek Miller, when asked if there were any Canadian artists that he’s inspired by.

Gimme Danger will appeal to any music nerd, and especially to those who were cool enough to understand The Stooges. They were a powerhouse outfit, and while the two Asheton brothers have since passed on, Iggy motors on as flamboyant and buoyant as ever. This is an inside look at how the band began, ended, and began again, with plenty of tidbits and trivia to satisfying inquiring minds of rock n rollers. Go see it!

Jim Jarmusch’s documentary Gimme Danger is opening in theatres across Canada starting in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, London and Montreal on Friday, November 4, 2016 followed by openings in Saskatoon on Friday, November 7; Waterloo on November 15; Winnipeg on November 25; Edmonton on December 22 and in Regina on December 29.

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Opens Friday, November 4, 2016 in:

Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Vancouver, Vancity Theatre

Victoria, The Vic Theatre

Montreal, Cinema du Parc

Calgary, Globe Cinema

Ottawa, Mayfair Theatre

London, Hyland Cinema

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November 7, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon

November 15, Princess Cinemas, Waterloo

November 25, at the Winnipeg Cinematheque

December 22, Metro Cinema, Edmonton

December 29, Regina Public Film Library

 

About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.