‘Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans’ Reviewed By Jambands
Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans works perfectly from concept to recording to end result. Unlike the Beastie Boys’ “Awesome: I…Shot That!” it doesn’t just hand over cameras to fans and let ‘em run amok. (That was the anarchic spirit of that film.) Taking its cues from these Stooges diehards, this is more than just a concert document of the Stooges performance at 2010’s All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival.
Because of the six ultra-devotees selected to film the show and interview members Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton and James Williamson, the overall product has a layer of punk rock street cred that would be lacking if a group of pro cameramen took positions around the stage and presented the usual range of shot selections. These are serious students of the influential band and they are chosen to sit in for the rest of us music geeks. The questions they have for the band members show their deep interest; the culmination of years and, sometimes, decades of listening to the music and collecting anything related to the legendary act. And it’s nice to see that the replies are treated with the respect they deserve and given with just as much thought.