Jac Holzman wondered what he had signed when he first saw the Stooges play to just seven people at a home gig in Detroit – they were terrible, with no obvious material. He insisted the group write original material. On April 1, 1969 in a small New York studio apartment, the Stooges recorded their monumental debut, The Stooges. The album was subsequently unleashed during the weekend of the Woodstock Festival. It was produced by The Velvet Underground’s John Cale, fresh from arranging Nico’s deathly The Marble Index for Elektra.