Tone Report Weekly 179 - Page 29

James Williamson of the Stooges You may know guitarist James Williamson from his long musical partnership with Iggy Pop in the ‘70s, a period during which he co-wrote and played guitar on The Stooges’ highly influential proto- punk masterpiece Raw Power, among other achievements. What you may not know is that, following the break- up of the Stooges and a general period disillusionment with the music industry, Williamson put down his guitar and went back to school. He eventually graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Cal Poly, moved to Silicon Valley, and became Sony’s Vice President of Technical Standards, a sweet day gig he retired from in 2009. In retirement he picked up his black Les Paul again, warmed up his famously savage downstroke, hit the road with Iggy, made some records, and got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as one does. 29