Artist Maurizio Cattelan’s”Bedtime Stories” is a new initiative for NYC’s The New Museum in which musicians and other creators reading short tales in a soothing voice. The inaugural edition features Iggy Pop and his beloved dog Tromba.
This is not your typical bedtime story, and should probably not be played for small children. While it begins with Iggy Pop falling in love with a stray “across the divided highway,” the story climaxes with Tromba’s death some time later after being hit by a car. But even so, the punk icon’s affection for the dog is never in doubt, and he peppers the story with moments of humor. “I picked you up and put you on my lap and thought about keeping you,” he said, “and in less than a minute I was covered in fleas.” He ends the tale with a touching message for Tromba: “You were the best part of my life.”
The New Museum will make a different audio recording available each day through June. Via Pitchfork, future releases will involve Michael Stipe, David Byrne, and Black Thought, as well as visual artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami. Check out Iggy Pop’s bedtime story below.
During the pandemic, celebrities around the world have used different kinds of bedtime stories to help people feel connected. In April, Tom Hardy read for BBC’s CBeebies, and earlier this month Daniel Radcliffe read chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Meanwhile, Dolly Parton is signing onto YouTube each week to read your kid’s to sleep.
As for Iggy Pop, he’s busied himself during quarantine by covering Sly and the Family Stone’s “Family Affair”, and releasing a stream of a 2016 concert with members of Queens of the Stone Age and the Arctic Monkeys.
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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