Iggy Pop is helping to bring punk rock music to television. Premium cable network EPIX announced on Monday via a press release that they will air a four-part documentary series called simply "Punk" that will tell the story of punk rock in both the United States and Europe.
Pop is an executive producer on "Punk" along with fashion mogul John Varvatos, whose love for music is well-known: he once told the Wall Street Journal how to dress like Keith Richards and helped bring back iconic rock club CBGB's.
According to EPIX, the duo has partnered with filmmaker Derik Murray and his Network Entertainment for an explanation of everything punk - not just the music, but "the fashion, the art and the DIY attitude."
Several punk artists will be interviewed for the series, including Iggy Pop himself. The press release revealed that other participants include Johnny Rotten (from Sex Pistols), Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (from Blondie), Duff McKagan (from Guns N' Roses), Marky Ramone (from The Ramones), Flea (from Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jello Biafra (from Dead Kennedys), and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters). That's just the first group; more artists will be announced as the series gets closer to its planned March 11 release date.
"Punk" is packed with talent, so with everyone working both in front of and behind the camera, it's poised to be a very thorough explanation of what it means to be a punk rocker and what punk rock has meant to music fans. That latter part is what will help it stand out - the best music documentaries realize that it's not just about recounting the history of someone's career or their genre, but exploring why they're so important.
Certainly Iggy Pop is the right person to steer the ship. He's been involved in the punk genre since the 1970s and has helped shape what it's about between his hit songs and his notorious on-stage personality. You can watch a live performance of "Gardenia" by playing the video above to see how he still continues to stir up audiences like a true rock star.
It's been a big year for music documentaries. Quincy Jones' daughter Rashida Jones produced a documentary about her father, which recently received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Film. Academy Award-nominated director and producer Ava DuVernay has partnered with Prince's estate for a documentary about the pop icon for Netflix.
Now with "Punk," Iggy Pop and John Varvatos will be shaking up the documentary scene, much as Pop and his colleagues did to the music scene decades earlier. Fans will see on March 11 just how disruptive this four-part series will be.
For more on Iggy Pop, including tickets to his upcoming concerts, visit his artist page at AXS.