Iggy Pop kicks off new audio series Bedtime Stories with a sombre tale that celebrates the life of his beloved dog, Tromba.
The new initiative from artist Maurizio Cattelan and New York’s The New Museum features artists and performers reciting their favourite passages from books and published works, and selections of their own personal writings. Bedtime Stories is ‘a way of staying together during these days of isolation,’ Cattelan explains on The New Museum website.
The first artist to feature is old dogface himself, whose tale is a real tearjerker. Check out Pop’s original 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
The bittersweet anecdote concerns Pop’s long-lost dog Tromba and the story of ‘the only dog relationship I’ve ever had.’ Pop gets emotional as he recounts the first time he saw Tromba, a street dog who ‘hated New York City,’ and explains how Tromba never wanted to go to the bathroom in the crowded metropolis because he ‘loved the open land and the smell of garbage and the gutter.’ Unfortunately, this story doesn’t have a happy ending, with Tromba killed after being hit by a car while doing one of his favourite activities, eating garbage. ‘Who knows, maybe I’ll see you when I get to heaven, or the other spot,’ Pop chuckles. ‘You were the best part of my life.’
Other artists tapped to contribute to Bedtime Stories include David Byrne, Michael Stipe and The Root’s Black Thought, who join sculpturer Andra Ursuta and visual artist Tacita Dean, two of Cattelan’s peers, who’ve already had their stories published.
Check out the daily videos via The New Museum.