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Iggy Pop – Stage Name Origins

Iggy Pop
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James Newell Osterberg is credited as the “Godfather of Punk,” but Osterberg is professionally known as Iggy Pop. Before fronting the iconic Stooges, Iggy Pop was a drummer for his band the Iguanas during his high school years, which led to the birth of his nickname Iggy.

When living with the Stooges in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the charismatic frontman was given the now legendary name when his friend named Jimmy Pop, who had lost all his hair including his eyebrows, motivated Iggy to shave off his own eyebrows. From then on, he was dubbed Iggy Pop.

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