“Literature’s like coke, music’s like heroin” says Iggy Pop

Well if anyone is qualified to muse about likenesses to addictive substances I suppose it’s Iggy. The 62 year old rock juggernaut shared this quip with AFP: “Literature’s like coke and music’s like heroin! Literature sharpens the mind, music stupidifies [sic]”

The subject came up as his new album is apparently inspired by Michel Houellebecq’s novel The Possibility of an Island, also titled Preliminaires for the French audience, but is it a fair one? Music stimulates, music inspires, it doesn’t make me want to sit in a corner drooling (with some important exceptions) and it’s not an art form that needs belittling; plenty of vapid pop stars do that for us.

On the other hand, if Iggy can boost the ‘cool factor’ of reading then it’s all for the greater good. Shame his recent car insurance adverts have stripped him of much of the punk ethos that made him attractive in the first place though. Oh well, throw in a few references to drugs and everyone will take notice again though huh?

I f anything I’d say music is more likely to produce the same effects or reactions as weed – slightly unpredictable feelings of well being, maniac giggles at songs that really, really, aren’t funny and total paranoia when you find you just don’t get what it is that everyone else seems to be listening to these days

2 thoughts on ““Literature’s like coke, music’s like heroin” says Iggy Pop

    • Also, don’t you think they’re complimentary? I know some people don’t like enjoying both at once, but personally I think they can work really well in tandem – maybe writing to music more so than reading to it though.


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