Can a Boy Named Iggy Be the Silver Messiah

Can a Boy Named Iggy Be the Silver Messiah
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Known as ‘the Mother of Rock’, Lillian Roxon effectively presents herself here as being at the epicentre of music and culture in New York City in the 1970s.

Fifteen years older than Iggy Pop (lead singer of proto-punk band The Stooges), she deliberately highlights her mature perspective, referring to him as a boy in the report.

Youth culture often wasn’t being taken seriously at the time but Roxon acts here as a passionate advocate and tour guide, inviting listeners to become believers in the The Stooges' music and Pop’s powerful mode of performance.

Her skilful writing deliberately provokes shock by invoking religious language as she provocatively asks audiences if he is the silver messiah – albeit a ranting, spitting one covered in baby oil and glitter. Pop was a regular performer at Roxon's New York haunt Max's Kansas City so the two knew each other well.

Roxon’s bold writing style and clear, concise delivery makes it a pleasure to listen to her opinions about well-known rock figures.

Decades on, it is still arresting to hear a woman speak with such confidence and authority, especially about the largely ‘man’s world’ of 1970s rock. Roxon was truly ahead of her time.

This is an episode of the radio show Discotique – a two-minute ‘daily newscast from the world of music’ produced in 1971 and syndicated on 250 radio stations in the United States.

The cover image for this title is from 'Iggy Pop, October 25, 1977 at the State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN'. Published under Creative Commons 2.0. Photographer: Michael Markos.

Notes by Beth Taylor