On what would have been Lou Reed’s 78th birthday, Iggy Pop has dropped a powerful new Simon Taylor-directed music video.

The track in question is We Are the People, plucked from his latest album Free, which features Pop reciting a poem – originally penned and performed by Reed in St Mark’s Church in 1970 – over sparse piano chords while horns wail poignantly in the background.

“We are the crystal gaze/ Returned through the density and immensity of a bezerk nation/ We are the victims of the untold manifesto of the lack of depth” – when Iggy first read Reed’s poem, he said, “I thought, ‘My god, this is the country today as I understand it, or at least one legitimate portrayal of the country today.’ It really spoke to me.”

Pop performed We Are the People live with Laurie Anderson at the annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert, which was held at Carnegie Hall last week, before being joined on stage by cellist Rubin Kodheli and Patti Smith Group bassist Tony Shanahan to present an orchestral version of The Stooges’ I Wanna Be Your Dog. Wish you were there? Same here!

Iggy Pop – Free at JB Hi-Fi!