Iggy Pop Recites Lou Reed’s 1970 Poem ‘We Are the People’ in Poignant New Video

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Back in September, Iggy Pop released a new studio album, Free. A jazzy, experimental affair, it was definitely an interesting addition to his legendary career.

One of the tracks, “We Are the People,” is a recording of Pop reading a poem originally written by Lou Reed in 1970. It’s about as straightforward — and poignant — as it gets, and now the recording has a video featuring, simply, Pop reciting the poem, horns wailing in the background:

Said Iggy Pop of his record in a statement:

“This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice,” Iggy Pop says of Free. “By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free. I know that’s an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing; all that you need—not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen.”

Stream Free below, via Spotify:


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