The Improbable Transformation of a Punk Pioneer

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James Williamson (left) with Iggy Pop. (Suzan Carson)

James Williamson became a punk rock legend as part of the 1970s band The Stooges. He wrote the songs and played guitar on the iconic album "Raw Power," which changed the course of music. But, a few years into it, he just walked away. He put down the guitar for more than three decades. What did he end up doing? Not what you’d expect. Take a listen.

To learn more about Williamson's troubled musical past, read Kevin L. Jones' interview with the guitarist on KQED Arts.)

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