Prime Movers Blues Band with Iggy Pop "Rock Me Baby"




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Published on Feb 12, 2008


A lot of you have emailed me telling me how much you enjoy hearing these old Prime Movers tapes. I feel the same way. I have not heard these since this set was recorded, some 41 years ago. We just found the tape! And you all ask about Iggy and how was he as a drummer.

Let me make it clear that Iggy was a GREAT drummer. He worked hard at his drumming and practiced until he got it right, like learning to do the 'double shuffle', something he learned from the great Sam Lay. It took him weeks, but he got it down cold.

And you wonder if he was as wild in the Prime Movers as he is as Iggy Pop? I don't want to disappoint anyone, but in truth, my memory of Iggy was as someone who was always polite and respectful, at least to me. I can't remember ever having an argument with him, but then I can't remember all that well anyway.

We all loved Iggy. Wish he would get back in touch. It would be great to have a reunion of the original Prime Movers Blues Band in Ann Arbor.

I have included some of the photos we have of Iggy and one of his two best friends at that time, Panther and Famous. Panther White was our honorary manager and perhaps the funniest human being I have ever met. Famous is Lynn Goldsmith, who became (pardon the pun) 'famous' as a rock photographer. Iggy, Famous, and Panther were great friends. Well, here are some shots.

- Michael Erlewine

The Prime Movers Blues Band was founded in the summer of 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If lasted about seven years. Most of the band members all lived in a house at 114 N. Division Street, appropriately called the "Prime Mover House." It still stands today, owned by the University of Michigan.

The main band members included:

Michael Erlewine
lead Singer, harmonica

Daniel Erlewine
lead guitar

Robert Sheff (keyboards)
AKA Blue 'Gene' Tyranny

Jack Dawson (bass)

James Osterberg (drums)
AKA "Iggy Pop"
J.C. "Jesse" Crawford (drums)

Photographers: You know, I don't know who took some of these photos, but here are the photographers we worked with, who were our friends. They probably did most of these.

Al Blixt

Andy Sacks

Stanley Livingston

Tom Copi

This video produced and edited at Heart Center Studios in Big Rapids, Michigan by Michael Erlewine.

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