Iggy Pop, one of the most iconic performers of all time, probably isn't the first name most people think of when talking about a healthy lifestyle. His legendary excesses have taken on almost mythic proportions, but that was in the past, and he's a very different man, now. James Newell Osterberg Jr was born in Muskegon, Michigan in 1947, and got the nickname Iggy while playing drums with The Iguanas. Inspired to become a singer after witnessing Jim Morrison performing with The Doors in 1967, he formed The Stooges, whose three landmark albums proved to be highly influential and providing a blueprint for Punk. Iggy's appetite for confrontation as well as spiraling drug use, fueled the chaos surrounding him and his early performances.
Now, with his decadent lifestyle a distant memory, he's become a shining example of the health benefits of veganism. For many years now, in addition to a vigorous stretching and exercise regime, he follows a very strict vegan macrobiotic diet. Looking at him now, it's hard to believe that a man of his age (practically 70 at the time of this writing) can still put on such physical, and blistering performances. He's also been a very active and vocal support of animal rights and has helped bring visibility to causes which might not have gotten as much exposure without him.
His devout love of animals has led him to take part in many campaigns, including Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a campaign to prevent the hunting of wolves in his home state. Wolves had been protected since the 1960s, but when a state-sanctioned wolf hunt was being planned, he wrote to Governor Rick Snyder in protest. Also, after hearing of the University of Michigan's abuse of cats and pigs in medical training he wrote to them urging them to replace their current practices with the more modern, humane, and efficient options that are currently available. He's also appeared in PETA advertisements as well as a video protesting the horrific treatment of baby seals in Canada. His passion and determination for the plight of animals is inspiring and should serve as a reminder to all of us not to be complacent.