Forget your white noise app, listen to Iggy Pop’s bedtime story about his dog instead

Forget your white noise app, listen to Iggy Pop’s bedtime story about his dog instead

Iggy Pop
Words by Kate Streader

It’s part of a new series of bedtime stories told by icons of the music and art worlds.

Initiated by acclaimed artist Maurizio Cattelan, New York’s New Museum has launched a new digital series titled ‘Bedtime Stories’. The project will see a range of artists and performers reading excerpts from their favourite books and sharing original tales daily until the end of June.

Imagined as a means of staying connected during these isolating times, Cattelan has curated a selection of musicians and artists he admires to read existing works, share their own writings and create impromptu performances.

Launched today, the first instalment features an original tale by Iggy Pop which reads like a love letter to his late dog, Tromba. His rumbling baritone and penchant for words are equally engaging and soothing, which is really what you want in a bedtime story.

The series will also feature a range of eclectic storytellers, including David Byrne, Michael Stipe, Black Thought, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and many more.

Listen to Iggy Pop’s Bedtime Story below.

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As part of its series of new digital initiatives, we're excited to announce “Bedtime Stories,” a project initiated by Maurizio Cattelan. Inviting friends and other artists and performers he admires to keep us company, Cattelan imagined “Bedtime Stories” as a way of staying together during these days of isolation. Each participant has been asked to read a selection from their favorite book – a sentence, passage, chapter, or more – to be shared with the New Museum’s online audiences. Some chose to read existing works, others to read their own writings, still others to create impromptu performances. Whether drawn from memory, imagination, or cherished volumes kept close at hand, the recordings by artists were captured quickly in an unfiltered fashion on phones or laptops in their homes or studios around the world. A new installment of “Bedtime Stories” will be made available each day through the end of June on our IGTV channel and at the link in our bio. First up, we have a bedtime story from Iggy Pop. @iggypopofficial @lomavistarecordings

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Listen to New Museum’s Bedtime Stories via the museum’s website

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