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The world needs love, says Iggy Pop

dpadpa 20/05/2016

Appearing at Cannes to promote a new film about his life, punk legend Iggy Pop says people need to calm down and stop taking drugs.

Godfather of punk Iggy Pop has appeared more like the grandfather of punk in Cannes, complaining of poor hearing and telling reporters that a wine-accompanied dinner and an early night are better than taking drugs.

"Everybody should drop that s***," the 69-year-old said, giving his take on mind-altering substances at a Cannes Film Festival press conference for the premiere of a new film about his life and his pop group The Stooges.

"I have wine with dinner and that's fine," said Iggy Pop. "When I'm not doing this job I go to bed early."

The music legend admitted he was on acid in several of the clips used in Gimme Danger, a film by US director Jim Jarmusch that traces the origins of Iggy Pop and The Stooges' long reign as punk stars back to the 1960s, when they received their first recording contract.

After asking journalists at the start of the press conference to shout their questions because he was "half deaf", Iggy Pop described his "nothing fancy" daily survival plan.

Apart from eating three square meals a day, Iggy Pop said "somehow (he'd) been able to regenerate from the various things I have put into myself."

Jarmusch said the aim of his film, which draws on a collage of film footage of drug-fuelled performances, memorabilia and personal recollections, was to present a movie that was as "wild, messy, heartfelt and funny" as The Stooges' music.

The Ohio-born filmmaker saw his film as "a love letter" to The Stooges, with Iggy Pop saying he had rounded up material for the movie from "fans, bootleggers, drug dealers and strange followers".

Jarmusch described The Stooges music as "the biggest band that broke my mind open in rock n roll." He went on to relate how he and his friends sat "huddled up in some basement listen to it (and other groups) getting strength from it".

Born James Newell Osterberg in Michigan, Iggy Pop grew up in a trailer park in Michigan where he began playing drums with various school bands.

He still performs today after working over the years with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Mothers of Invention, David Bowie, Lou Reed and Guns N' Roses.

But Iggy Pop does not have much time for the rock business these days, describing it as "archaic". He said he was not sure how important rock music was anymore "because the digital age had made collecting money so efficient".

"We only vaguely understood about royalties," he said about his band members, adding that he now treats himself like an antique.

The ageing punk star also has some advice for dealing with the current troubled state of the world.

"Everybody (should) calm the f*** down," he said. "The world needs love. Hey! How about that?"

Gimme Danger is being screened out of competition in Cannes, which means it is not in the running for any festival prizes.

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