#ScalaHistory – Iggy Pop, Mick Rock, and Raw Power


Photo: Mick Rock, London 1972

In 1972, Iggy Pop and the Stooges were in London to record their now classic LP Raw Power, with David Bowie as executive producer. During that time, they played what would be their only non-US gig right here at Scala (then known as King’s Cross Cinema).

“The audience was terrified, with Iggy climbing all over them, and management decided we would get arrested if we did any more shows.”
– Stooges guitarist James Williamson

On site to capture the racous performance was “The Man who Shot the Seventies” himself, photographer Mick Rock. Among the photos he took that night, was one that would grace the cover of Raw Power, and is now widely regarded as one of the most iconic images in Rock and Roll history.


Photos: Mick Rock, London 1972

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