Iggy Pop plays DJ on 6 Music for Christmas

Iggy Pop performing at Glastonbury in 2007 Iggy Pop performing at Glastonbury in 2007

Iggy Pop will handpick a selection of music to be heard over the holiday period.

The 'godfather of punk' will front two special shows for 6 Music - on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The Christmas programme will be themed 'Rockin' Rebels', with 'Heartbreak and Heartaches' to follow a week later.

Iggy Pop says: 'To come up with the tunes that fit the concept of each show, I've had to dig back to things that I haven't heard in a long, long time, but that still carry memories of joy and compulsion. I thought I better check these old numbers to see if they still made the grade for me. They still do.'

The music legend has little sympathy for listeners who can't 'embrace' Duane Eddy, The Last Poets and Doc Watson in the same show, telling them 'it's too damn bad'. He adds: 'I've listened to all this music for the shows and it all flows for me. I hope to reach out and touch you.'

As part of the special holiday schedule, The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon will also present their own two-hour show on Boxing Day. The punk pioneers will reflect on the turbulent years of the late Seventies and early Eighties, talking candidly about their past experiences.

There will also be a special interview with Metallica's Lars Ulrich on Christmas Day, which will ask the drummer about his musical firsts. Presenter Matt Everitt hears about Ulrich's childhood in Denmark, the early days in Metallica and his musical passions, from Ennio Morricone to the Arctic Monkeys.

Paul Rodgers, head of programmes for 6 Music, says: "Iggy Pop, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones and Lars Ulrich are fascinating characters and have recorded some great shows, with a wide range of eclectic and exciting music choices which could only be heard on a station like Radio 6 Music, and we hope they will delight our listeners over the festive period.'

Additional highlights include live broadcasts from Manchester's city centre, Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker collaborating on Sunday Service and a New Year's party hosted by Nemone.

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