James Williamson opens up The Stooges vault for Record Store Day
(04/15/14) - "For us, it's kinda like doin' some victory laps, really, at the end of the game. But we're havin' a good time with it."
The Stooges rocker James Williamson resurrects lost album
City Slang: Listen to James Williamson’s Gimme Some Skin
MESSAGE FROM JAMES WILLIAMSON:
To all my friends.
Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts around the passing of our friend and bandmate Scott Asheton last night. My only comfort is that he reached out to me in an email about a week or two ago saying that he was thinking of me and the good times we had together and that he would like to make some music with me. I responded but he never got back to me again. I guess that was his way of saying goodbye for now….
Anyway, my heart goes out to his immediate family Liz, Leanna Raquel Asheton and Kathleen Asheton. He was one of the good guys and a friend of mine.
Here is the New York Times obit
SXSW Panel: From Riffs to Bits
THE STOOGES' GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY VINYL SINGLE "OPEN UP AND BLEED"/"GIMME SOME SKIN" ON APRIL 19TH!
THESE TWO NEW TAKES OF EARLY STOOGES' TRACKS FEATURE THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES & VOCALS FROM TEXAS BLUES SINGER & GUITARIST CAROLYN WONDERLAND
THIS LIMITED SINGLE IS AN EARLY TASTE OF JAMES WILLIAMSON'S FORTHCOMING "RE-LICKED" STUDIO ALBUM, WHERE HE'LL BE JOINED BY STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT & TOBY DAMMIT OF THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES & WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWSTOOGES GEMSN S
Friday, March 14 2014
James Williamson of Iggy & The Stooges to be in Cal Poly Pomona Engineering Hall of Fame read more here from the Inland Vallry Daily Bulletin
Buzz Osborne Added as a SXSW Music Speaker
Raw Power: James Williamson of The Stooges this week on ‘The Pharmacy'
SXSW: From Riffs to Bits: James Williamson and Buzz Osborne
Follow the rock-to-tech-to-rock journey of American composer, guitarist, producer and electronics engineer, James Williamson. Trace his roots as a young Detroit musician to lead guitarist for the seminal protopunk band The Stooges. Discover how he made the transition to become a top technology evangelist for AMD, Sony Corporation and IEEE. We'll discuss the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and his current tour with Iggy and The Stooges promoting the new album “Ready to Die.” Probe into Williamson’s punk past, musings on the present and perspective on the future of music and technology. Part of the IEEE Technology for Humanity Series. it will be moderated by Jack Boulware and James will be joined by Buzz from the Melvins, who will participate in the James Williamson "Love Fest"
Iggy And The Stooges - Live in Sydney
Iggy Pop: James Williamson is a 'brutal' guitarist
Iggy Pop describes James Williamson as a ''brutal'' guitarist.
The Stooges frontman notices distinctive differences between his bandmate's instrumental skills compared to original guitar player RON ASHETON, who passed away in 2009, and feels there is more ''control'' in James' performances - unlike the late rocker's ''intuitive'' approach.
He said: ''With early Stooges, half of Ron's contribution was intuitive in that he just let the guitar and the amp talk in the spirit of [Brison] Gysin and [William] Burroughs' cut-ups.
''He was a volume player, but didn't control it like Blue Cheer or Ted Nugent. He found some beautiful places to go. James was a very controlled, brutal player
''Later in life, Ron became a terrific live player, because he never stopped playing, but he also became a lot more like everybody else.
''Williamson had 37 years off so he still has a lot to say - and he's articulate about what he wants to do. My contribution to this record is mostly in melodies.''
The band have recently released their new album 'Ready To Die' and the final song on the record, titled 'The Departed', makes references to their journey over the years as well as reminiscing about former members they have lost.
Iggy, 67, added to Mojo magazine: ''[It wasn't written] so much Ron as for a group of people. In Ann Arbor and Detroit in the late 60s, early 70s, some of us were more 'us' than others, with some dying a little on the young side.
''This was the first new piece James sent me after we started touring as Iggy & The Stooges again, and it was a giant pain-in-the-ass bitch m**********r epic to do! It started out as an instrumental, just James on dobro, and he called it 'Ron's Tune'.
''I didn't wanna write a personal song, so it's more like, 'The party's over,' or, 'It's getting late'.''
Iggy and the Stooges live on the Colbert Report April 29, 2013
from the archives...
American Way's September 15th issue article "Punk Rock Exec" tracks James
Restored, re-mixed and remastered DIGIPAK Edition with 24 PAGE BOOKLET!
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The Stooges are inducted into The Rock Hall of Fame
NY Times, LA Times, Detroit News, pix, video SEE NEWS
Sony "Raw Power" rerelease site: http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com/us/news
Rock Hall, 'Raw Power' To Start New Three-Year Stooges Cycle
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